According to this article, Hungarian is the third most difficult language for English speakers to master in the world. Couple this with the fact that learning it will only enable you to speak to 9 million more people (6 million Hungarians speak English), you might ask yourself what’s the point? That’s why most expats don’t endeavor to learn much Hungarian.
Although I’ve only informally studied Hungarian, I’m still trying to learn as I go. Since it’s the 3rd most difficult language in the world, you won’t give me grief for being proud of myself for after one year of living here having a complete and understandable conversation with the pharmacist about calcium and magnesium. In Spanish or German, after one year this might be pathetic. But, Hungarian, not so bad. Now, if I could only remember how to say “go” in Hungarian….
In other language news, my husband can put on his CV that he knows 8 languages- several of which he has the level of intermediate or higher. I suppose all of his hard work is paying off! There is no one I’d rather have with me in a Turkish, Armenian, Iranian, or any Arabic speaking country’s airport.