Hungarian self-taught, by the natural method with phonetic pronunciation (1910) PDF book

Hungarian self-taught, by the natural method with phonetic pronunciation  (1910) PDF book by Count de Soissons.

Hungarian self-taught

The first section of the book, dealing with the Alphabet and pronunciation, provides the scheme of phonetics adopted in this volume, and in the introductory paragraphs thereto the principles upon which the scheme is based are explained, and particular attention is drawn to the phonetic signs employed to represent the few sounds which are more or less unfamiliar to the English ear. 

For the benefit of students and others who desire to become more closely acquainted with Hungarian, a very full outline of the Grammar is added, followed by a section on Etymology, and thus the way is opened to the thorough study and mastery of the language. 

To commercial men, tourists, travelers, students, and all who desire to enter into communication with the Hungarians, this work will prove a useful and valuable handbook of the language. Students will, moreover, find that the book forms an easy introduction to a language which has a quaint beauty of its own and possesses a remarkable literature, rich especially in heroic poetry.

The matter is arranged in three columns, viz., first the English words or sentences, then the Hungarian translation, and third, the phonetic pronunciation of the Hungarian words. In the conversations, the aim has been to give the colloquial equivalent in Hungarian, rather than the literal translation of the English. The pronunciation given in the third column is in accordance with Marlborough's system of phonetics. This system is the outcome of long experience and is of so simple a nature that it enables anyone who knows English, however strange to the Hungarian language, to read off the words at a glance, and easy make himself understood amongst Hungarians, with the minimum of trouble in mastering the system.

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