FREE Basic Hungarian HELP
YouTube Language Video Resources
Below you will find YouTube video links to Hungarian language tutorials, from native Hungarians, native Hungarian teachers and non-native Hungarian teachers. Many of them teach basic phrases, perhaps with Hungarian pronunciation, while others explain certain aspects of Hungarian grammar.
With these videos being FREE, do NOT expect a full-on Hungarian course from any of them; especially when they are Really FREE (i.e. are not looking for any kind of follow-on purchase). However, DO expect to gain valuable grammar and pronunciation information from them.
Not Speaking CLEARLY/SLOWLY
After watching and listening to many Hungarian language resources (such as audio tapes, podcasts and YouTube videos), with Hungarian friends at my side, we noticed that too many of the language teachers/speakers producing those audio/video resources did NOT speak clearly and/or slowly enough for the absolute beginner; which is a stupid mistake to make (IMHO).
They all made the common mistake of thinking an absolute beginner's ear can easily understand a newly spoken word at normal speed (100 mph), when they should have realised that an absolute beginner's ear will have never heard that new word before and therefore would need to hear it spoken clearly and slowly, syllable-by-syllable, for the first couple of times (again, IMHO).
Music Playing IN THE BACKGROUND
On top of this: Many videos also had music playing in the background, which is another stupid idea. As a learner, you want to hear the teachers/speakers voice only of course. The videos by Dolores KostićDolores Kostić are an
example. Some of her videos had their sound and therefore voice muted because of copyrighted music infringements. The irony is that she made some good videos. 2017: I think her YouTube channel has since been removed?
Good Videos WORTH LEARNING FROM
As a result of the above said, I have only listed the better videos below (in no particular order); mentioning their main good points as well as their main bad points, but only if they
have any bad points worth mentioning. In other words, you will never find the perfect language video(s).
The 20+ Hungarian ProjectHungarian Project videos are split into 3 series and aimed more at Hungarian grammar than conversational Hungarian. Don't let this put you off though as the author explains in a comically way! Worth following.
The Hungarian Pod 101Hungarian Pod 101 video series are professional language videos covering listening, conversation and video flash cards. Although excellent, you might find some presenters speaking too fast for absolute beginners.
The Hungarian GrammarJustin Decker series of Hungarian grammar videos are a great example of how to teach the absolute beginner about Hungarian grammar. His explanation of vowel harmony in particular is excellent.
The Easy HungarianEasy Hungarian videos have native Hungarian presenters talking to native Hungarians in the street about a range of topics, so you can hear and learn from native Hungarians as they speak at "Normal speed". As an absolute beginner you will need to rewind the videos and read the subtitles in order to learn words and sentences and take notes.
The Hungarian TeacherHungarian Teacher short story videos are an excellent way to read, hear and learn Hungarian conversation. Be prepared to translate some words though as the short stories use everyday, common, collequial Hungarian words.
The Learn Hungarian FastLearn Hungarian Fast videos (ignore the FAST!) is a series for the real absolute beginner - No previous knowledge required. Although the lessons are not really structured, the pronunciation and way-of-life guidance (i.e. questions and replies in a restaurant) are useful.
The HungarianPod101HungarianPod101 video series should be used when you have learnt the basics of Hungarian already whereby you now want to learn basic Hungarian sentences; usually made up of 1 person doing some action (verb) with something (object), perhaps in a specific place. The sentences are not necessary useful but do teach good usage of verbs. And there are many categories to learn from.