Hungarian self-taught- PDF by Count de Soissons

Hungarian self-taught, by the natural method with phonetic pronunciation  

Hungarian self-taught-

The publication of Hungarian Self-Taucjht marks the inclusion of a new group of languages in the "Self-Taught Series," Hungarian being akin to the languages of the Finns, Lapps, and certain tribes in Russia and Siberia, whilst standing quite apart from the Latin, German, Scandinavian and other groups. The main purpose of this manual is to facilitate the speedy acquisition of working and practical knowledge of Hungarian, as far as possible without the usually long and tedious operation of mastering the Grammar, which many persons find it impracticable or distasteful to undertake, to whom, nevertheless, some acquaintance with the spoken tongue is necessary, or at least advantageous, for the purposes of commerce or of travel and pleasure. 

The book chiefly consists, therefore, of a large number of comprehensive Vocabularies, and collections of idiomatic Conversational Phrases and Sentences, such as are required for everyday use, carefully selected and classified according to the subject. 

The words in each vocabulary are placed in alphabetical order, and there are cross-references between the vocabularies and the corresponding groups of sentences. 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. 

e 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 easily make himself understood amongst Hungarians, with the minimum of trouble in mastering the system.

 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.

This work will prove a useful and valuable handbook of the language to commercial men, tourists, travellers, students, and aU who desire to enter into communication with the Hungarians. Students will, moreover, find that the book forms an easy introduction to a language that has a quaint beauty of its own, and possesses remarkable literature, rich especially in heroic poetry.
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  • Author Count de Soissons - Mrs.  Ilona de GjörGinever,
  • Publication date:1910
  • Company: London, E. Marlborough & co. ltd.; Philadelphia, D. McKay Company

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