I graduated from ELTE Teacher Training College in 1992, majoring in Hungarian and Russian Language and Literature. I earned my second degree in European Studies from Pázmány Péter University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2002. I received my MA degree in Teaching Hungarian as a Second and Foreign Language at the University of Pécs in 2009.
I have been teaching Hungarian as a Foreign Language since 1994 in various fields, such as at language schools, multinational companies and universities. Currently I am working as a lecturer for the Department of Hungarian Studies at the University of Zagreb where I also work on different projects with my students. As a result of one of these, we created, edited and published the first collection of Croatian and Hungarian somatic verbal idioms.
In 2012 I wrote an article on the reasons and the neccesity of writing Jó szórakozást magyarul! which was published in THL2 (Teaching Hungarian as a second Language) journal. Our main goal with this book was helping students and teachers to make the learning process more joyful via fun and interesting readings.
I am also the co-author of Hungary inside and out wich gives a colourful insight into the Hungarian culture, customes, everyday life and language.
I am highly interested in methodology, innovation of the curriculum, culturally specific items, cultural realms and in contrastive grammar.
I graduated from ELTE University Faculty of Humanities in 1976. I majored in Hungarian and English Language and Literature. I began teaching in the public education where I taught for several years and additionally I have worked as a freelancer. I have been involved in theatre, fine arts, literature and artistic dance. I started to teach Hungarian as a Foreign Language in 1980.
I taught Hungarian in Beijing at the Beijing Foreign Studies University between 1997 and 1999. Following my return to Budapest I worked for international companies, universities and language schools as a Hungarian language teacher. I moved back to Beijing in 2010 and since then I have been working for the Beijing Foreign Studies University and the Beijing International Studies University. Beside Hungarian language I teach literature and culture. I also edit the current curriculum of the Hungarian Studies of the university.
I believe that language is the tool of connections and communication. First and foremost I would like to give this communication tool, the key to an other culture, to my students.
I feel that Jó szórakozást magyarul!, just as our teaching methods, reflects this philosophy: have fun while teaching and learning.
We hope that you will find as much joy in the book as we have enjoyed the process of creating and writing.
Béla Kesztehelyi – drawings, cover, typography, upmaking
Béla is a graphic designer at a multinational furnishing company. Besides his previous book designs ha has been creating illustratons for books, magazines, cards and even record jackets. He is interested in collectible cards, roleplaying games and contemporary literature. He is actively invilved in music, as he is playin gin a music band. We would like to say a big thank you for Béla Keszthelyi for his creativity and talent that has been a great support in the creation of this book.
Rita Hegedűs – proofreading
Rita Hegedűs is the author of many well known Hungarian language books. We would like to say thank you for her help and usefull advices.
Special thank you to our students, who have been heroically reading with us and they took the long process of tryouts and corrections with great patience.