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Hungarian<>English Language Apps Reviewed
Below you will find a basic, small, review of some Hungarian-English and English-Hungarian language apps to use as a Language Learner, as opposed to a Tourist, for use on an Android, Amazon Fire 7, iOS and/or Windows device; where stated.
NOTE: Although the apps below were tested on either a BUSH Android Kit Kat mobile phone, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, Alba Android Lollipop tablet, Windows 10 computer or Amazon Fire 5 tablet or a combination of those devices, they might also work on other devices. Hence why you should visit each app developer's website for details on their device requirements.
NOTE: The reviews below are purposely NOT long-winded and purposely do NOT detail every feature of an app. The reviews are more of an 'overall observation' of how well suited they are for an absolute beginner to Hungarian, and/or English, with the overall emphasis being to review 'What learning features/tools they have to offer' for a language learner in terms of their PROS and CONS. The apps are NOT listed in any 'good/bad' order. Simply read an app's review, as well as my general comments, and then try that app if need be before making your own judgement(s) about it.
Why Use A LANGUAGE APP?
Although language books and dictionaries still have their place in society, especially as many of the major ones have been computerised already, language apps have become more interactive than boring searchable school books/dictionaries. Apps, with their constantly updated features, have become more like addictive games; which is one excellent reason to start learning a new language, using an app. Another reason is because an app is not a big book. It fits inside a small mobile device.
6,000 Words (Fun Easy Learn) is a very nice app for learning basic, everyday, Hungarian words. Available for Amazon Fire 7, Windows 10, iOS 8+ and Android. It has a vast amount of categories to learn from - Healthcare, Transport, Family, Sport, etc - and is currently one of my favourite apps.
CONS - Could do with more words in each section of the free version. It is also slightly too expensive at £17.....but is worth if it you are serious about learning Hungarian.
PROS - It contains many useful, everyday, words and categories that are split into sub-categories (i.e. Healthcare is split into Illness, Doctor, etc sub-categories. Transport is split into Airport, Train, etc sub-categories). It also contains mini games/tests (find images, match words, write words, listen and spell, etc) that help with spelling and memory. Highly Recommended.
Does The App SPEAK ACCURATELY?
The first thing I look for in a language app is the speed at which the native speaker talks. I often find an app to be good in features and functionality, but then be let down by the native speaker talking too fast to be understood properly; syllable-wise. If I cannot hear each syllable being pronounced properly/accurately with a clear voice then I do not entertain the app any further; especially as an absolute beginner of a language.
Hungarian WordsHungarian (Nemo) is another very nice app for learning basic,
essential, everyday Hungarian words via categories such as Food, Shopping, Money, Directions, Numbers, Essential Words and Essential Phrases. Available for
CONS - You have to pay for most of the words/phrases, which is a tad expensive at £6.24; especially if you just want to try the app out. This app is not game orientated either.
PROS - The spoken words are pitch perfect, both in English and Hungarian, with clear sound quality. You can hear the syllables clearly. And with the ability to adjust the speed
level, speech-wise it makes the app well worth £6.24.
App developers should realise people want to hear each word in their new language pronounced clearly and spoken a little slower than normal speed. Good app developers know this and tend
to programme good practise such as repeating words at different speeds (i.e. slowly at first and then at normal speed). What is the point programming a language app if nobody can
understand the words? Obviously the bad programmers and companies are in it for the money only.
Does It Work On MULTIPLE DEVICES?
Although many app websites state their app/software works on multiple devices and operating systems, you might find dead links to their associated online app stores. This could be because
they no longer sell on those stores and/or for those devices, for whatever reason(s), whereby their own website has not been updated accordingly. The copyright on their website might also
state 2014 for example, with contact details missing. These are signs, in my eyes, of lack of support for the app, website and/or you (the potential customer).
Slice Words is a fun scrabble type of word game that is not as easy as it looks! Some of the words will even be a challenge for the native Hungarian. Available for
Amazon Fire 7
CONS - None.
PROS - Random words, fun, addictive and sometimes difficult.
An app working on one device but not on another is not really a concern for me. Mainly due to the fact that many devices are affordable these days, new or second-hand, whereby if you really want to learn a language.....
Fabulo Hungarian contains a mixture of learning methods (such as spelling words, dragging scrambled words to form a short sentence and filling in a missing word) through listening to new words. Available for Android.
CONS - Not really a con, but it can be too repetitive at times; but in a beneficial way. Either way, I do not think this app is being updated?
PROS - The beauty of this app is that it gives you a couple of words to learn before then building up your skill of putting a few short sentences together with those words; so you learn gradually.
Are The WORDS AND SENTENCES FORMAL?
Many language apps follow a formal form of writing and/or speaking, using old words and long-winded sentences; as opposed to using modern words and shorter, everyday (colloquial) sentences. They also use translations that suit a need rather than being accurate. Examples:
Instead of "Have you got a menu" (colloquial) you get "Could I possibly see the menu please?". Instead of "Where's the toilet?" (colloquial) you get "Do you have a bathroom in this restaurant?". And instead of "Goodbye" (colloquial) you get "It was nice meeting you" (formal, Victorian and so-called polite; but more la-di-da).
Brainy App WebsiteSpell Hungarian (Brainy Ape) is a very nice spelling app for kids and adults alike. It's actually a memory and spelling game in one. Available for
CONS - Not really a con, but it could be argued it lacks words/games. I think they have the balance of useful words spot on. It doesn't really contain that many useless (not used all the time) words.
PROS - It is simple enough, but also difficult enough, to learn and remember the basics of Hungarian (i.e. fruits, numbers, etc). In other words: When you have learnt basic Hungarian from elsewhere, it is nice to come to this app for a memory and spelling test.
Talk Hungarian (Bhuio)Talk Hungarian (FREE) comes with three FREE categories of phrases (BASICS, FUN and TRAVEL) that are aimed at the Tourist. The tourist phrases are laid out on small tiles (buttons) whereby tapping on one displays its Hungarian words on the screen, which are then spoken. Available for
CONS - Many of the words/phrases are spoken a tad too fast, which means you might not get to understand every word/phrase or every other word/phrase at least. I can only assume the intended audience for this app is a tourist who plays the phrases to waiters, Hungarians in the street and so on when they need help.
PROS - It contains many useful phrases, many of which you might want to include (copy) in your own learning project; to build up its vocabulary for example. Full Price is £1.95.
Learn Hungarian (GoBusLearning)Learn Hungarian (GoBusLearning)
is simply a collection of words and phrases that are spoken to you via video clips. It has a vast amount of categories - Animals, Colours, Family, Food/Drink, Health, Shapes, Shopping, Time and more.
CONS - This app looked great, and probably is, but I had trouble creating an account (kept getting an error message, even with a Facebook login), trouble with the sound quality and trouble getting it on my Android mobile phone (never did get it on) so I used the Windows version instead. The voice, which was clear in the video conversations, was spoken a little too fast; which cannot be adjusted because it is video based. Also, only the first section is FREE.
PROS - It contains many useful phrases, many of which you might want to include (copy) in your own learning project; to build up its vocabulary for example. The real star of this app, and justification for its price, is the amount of topics covered. Even with the FREE Trial version you can still get a lot from it. Hence why I have listed it here.
10,000 Words/Phrases (Language Courses) is a Hungarian Words & Phrases app that starts at
beginner level before advancing to intermediate level. Available for
Amazon Fire 7 and
CONS - Speech is not that clear on all words. File downloads sometimes get stopped, freeze or just take a long time to download/setup (they are downloaded as needed, when
you choose a subject within a category). Words and Phrases are spoken automatically, one after the other, so no real control over the app in that respect. When the app is not 'sometimes
freezing' it is a great additional app to learn from.
PROS - A vast arrange of words and phrases to learn. Categories include Dating, Businiess, Travel, Healthcare, Tourism, Transport, Time, Weather and so on. One very good point about
this app is that it has a speed control for the spoken words. Overall, highly recommended. Although it is a free app, I would pay for it.
Duolingo is an app that specialises in sentence formation whereby you have to drag the correct words, from a mixture of correct and false words, into order to make the correct sentence.
The spelling and typing of words are other challenges. Available for
CONS - Many sentences are stupid, useless and concentrate too much on specific ways of saying things; when it should note to itself that a Hungarian sentence can be expressed in
many ways. And although it concentrates on sentence formation, it uses useless sentences and obvious answer choices that actually defeat its 'sentence formation' purpose.
PROS - Putting the latter comments aside, it does slowly but surely build up your knowledge of Hungarian; especially with the adjectives and verbs. Overall, this app is for a
serious learner and for someone who has already learnt some basic Hungarian words.
Learn Hungarian (Mondly)Learn Hungarian (Mondly) is a multi-language app that
teaches you to learn your chosen language in moderation (i.e. 3 lessons a week). It has a mixture of spelling, drag words, you speak words, etc. Available for
CONS - The 'you speak the words with a microphone' feature is great if you like that kind of feature, otherwise it becomes annoying as there is no alternative option (i.e. you
cannot switch to dragging words), which means you cannot continue with the lesson. The weekly limit on lessons also delays learning and could actually stop you from wanting to learn
(i.e. the gap between learning could be too long). It also has inaccurate phrases - Nekem Van Egy Kutyám (Nekem is not needed).
PROS - Putting the latter comments aside, it does slowly but surely build up your knowledge of Hungarian; especially with the adjectives, verbs and general conversation. Overall
though, this app is yet another tool to learn from, but not a complete solution.
Lyrebird WebsiteLearn Hungarian (Lyrebird) is a multi-category, 'memorise a
few words and then be quizzed on them', app that quizzes you not only with Hungarian Word & Photo but also quizzes you with English Word & Hungarian Word; so you have to remember the
Hungarian equivalent of the English word. Available for
CONS - Unfortunately, at the time of writing (March 2017) this review, the app crashes too often (but still usable) and has not been updated since August 2016 (version 13.8); so no
sign of a bug fix. Hence why I would say "Do NOT purchase this app" at this time.
PROS - Even with it frequently crashing, and being abandoned by its author?, it is still worth learning from; purely for its 'English Word to Hungarian Word' feature, which many
apps do not have. Many apps concentrate on you remembering purely the Hungarian word.
Website With LANGUAGE APPS
Apple App StoreApple App Store -
App ShopperApp Shopper -
Google Play StoreGoogle Play Store -
Opera Mobile StoreOpera Mobile Store -