Studying a foreign language can be an extremely rewarding experience. Learning a foreign language is an exciting way to make a culture that you admire more accessible to you.
Many people ask the question what is the most difficult language to learn? In that regard, many languages have been claimed to be the hardest language to learn, below are some candidates, for a good reason. There is of course no such thing as the most difficult language in the world. Many factors need to be taken into consideration and it all depends on what your mother tongue is and what other languages you have already mastered.
Hungarian is not an Indo-European language, so it’s very different to all of its neighbours and this gives it the reputation of being among the most challenging languages in the world. It can be hard, but not because a bunch of people say it is. If you have your filter set to pessimist then you can find many reasons why languages are “impossible” to learn. It only matters what you think if you are taking on the language yourself. My stance is to stand by the certainty that there is no such thing as a hard language, once you have the right learning approach and attitude.
Get a good teacher
Get a teacher, a native speaker. Easier said than done I know, but do your research and ask around for decent recommendations. They’re invaluable in the early stages as they can teach you the alphabet and correct small problems with your word order and sentence construction.
Don’t be afraid to communicate
The only mistake you make when speaking a language is not speaking at all. You probably make the occasional mistake when speaking your native language, so making mistakes in a foreign language is nothing to worry about. What matters is getting your message across, not whether you use all the right words, inflexions, tenses, cases, etc. Remember, the key to any language is firstly making yourself understood, you can prepare for the grammar later.
Focus on your interests
Make it a personal, life experience, or else you’re going to be in for a long, unenjoyable process which will likely end up in you forgetting everything you learned. Once you have got to grips with the basics of the language, learn to talk/write/read about the things that interest you. In this way you are more likely to remember to the words, phrases and grammatical constructions you encounter.
Use all resources available
TV shows, movies, newspapers and magazines are a good supplementation, but they should not be mistaken or replacements for legitimate practice. If you don’t live in Hungary then there is always the internet which has a wealth of information from YouTube to Social Media. Use it.
Finally, find a way to make it fun.
Find ways to make language learning fun. This could involve games, songs, stories, tongue twisters, jokes and anything else you can think of.
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