The Book

Fun reading exercises for intermediate and advanced learners of Hungarian

Learning Hungarian has never been more fun! Jó szórakozást magyarul! is a brand new book aimed at intermediate to advanced learners of Hungarian. It’s a book for learners who want to improve reading and writing skills, expand their Hungarian vocabulary and have fun in the process.

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Contents overview

Chapter titles in English:

Chapter 1: Anecdotes and interesting diversions | Chapter 2: Restaurants and coffee houses | Chapter 3: Of sound body and mind | Chapter 4: Oh, what a shame! | Chapter 5: On love | Chapter 6: As long as ye both shall live | Chapter 7: The good old days | Chapter 8: Crime stories | Chapter 9: Great minds and discoveries | Chapter 10: Once upon a time…

 
 

Composed of short reading texts and accompanying exercises, the themed chapters take the learner on a fun journey through bite-sized Hungarian history, literature and culture, providing a sound basis for the exploration of grammar points and vocabulary acquisition.

The book has been specifically devised to support students preparing to take the B1-B2 level Hungarian State Language examinations.  It is entirely monolingual, and the instruction text has been carefully written at a similar level to each reading exercise. The language is natural and friendly. Each exercises is preceded by an example to assist the reader in understanding what they should do.

Is this book suitable for me?

Because Jó szórakozást magyarul! is not aimed at beginner learners of Hungarian, we decided to create this short reading comprehension quiz  with answers. It will help you decide if the book is suitable for your current language level.

Try our mini quiz to help you decide (PDF) if you’re ready for Jó szórakozást magyarul.

Fun reading exercises for Hungarian Teachers, too!

Teachers of Hungarian will find that Jó szórakozást magyarul! is a particularly useful addition to their toolset, especially when it comes to finding fun exercises for their learners.

Every Hungarian as a foreign language teacher knows how tricky it is to make teaching materials for their advanced students: it’s a frequent and time comsuming activity. It is not enough just to find appropriate and authentic sources, language teachers also need to create interesting and useful exercises, and take great care over the presentation.

Jó szórakozást magyarul! makes the work of Hungarian as a foreign language teachers easier. Each interesting and amusing reading text is followed by tried and tested exercises relating directly to the student’s comprehension. It’s the perfect Hungarian book for creating a great atmosphere in your advanced Hungarian language lessons, and can be used independently by your students for homework activities to supplement your work.

Testimonials

This is, without doubt, the best Hungarian language book I have ever used. It combines modern methodology with genuinely interesting reading texts. There are great exercises to practice language in context which help to build vocabulary and to develop grammar.”
Bill Collinge, language teacher, United Kingdom

I’m a former Hungarian Language and Literature graduate whose fluency has suffered owing to lack of practice over the last 10 years. Jó szórakozást magyarul! has been great for reviving my interest and refreshing my memory. The exercises are systematic, challenging and have reminded me of the playfulness of Hungarian.

I’m able to use the book independently, and there are lots of texts which are the perfect length for short or long hops on public transport. Thanks to the authors for providing this essential resource!”
Helen, digital media producer-designer, United Kingdom

I can relate to this book two ways: as a learner, and as a teacher. For me as a learner, the book is full of surprises and challenges. I have been learning Hungarian for over ten years, and they said the book would be too easy for me, but I found plenty to learn. The exercises make you scratch your head and think a bit! Another very strong element of the book is the materials pooled from two authors, which makes it colorful and solid, in spite of its compact size. Going through the book, I feel how personal it is–as if it were saying to me, “relax and enjoy learning Hungarian!

As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I see an unusual amount of variety in the exercises. That anwers a critical need, because learners vary so greatly in their styles–for example, some are analytical, while others learn best by association. This book speaks to different students with different ways of learning. There is something new in each unit–synonym practice one time, antonyms the next time, here practice with verb forms, there error correction. And no “gapfill fatigue” like with other books!”
Mary Sousa, USA

Gabriella Kiss was my teacher of Hungarian and I remember our classes where she tested some parts of the book with us!  I remember all of these stories and jokes and our discussions and new words that popped up in the conversations. It was fun!

I had sat and suffered through many boring language courses before and I wish those teachers had used such fun exercises in their classes…  Now finally there is a good source. Don’t miss it. Use it.”
Aliya Rakhmetova, Budapest

Online ordering

Order and pay online and your copy of  Jó szórakozást magyarul! will be on its way to you anywhere in the world within 24 hours.

We also offer digital downloads of individual chapters and associated audio files.

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