Hungarian For Expats was founded in summer 2018 by Mechthild von Knobelsdorff, an expat herself. While she takes Hungarian lessons twice per week on her own, she realized that many expats were not able to order a coffee in Hungarian - because there was no language classes tailored to expats' needs. Hence, she founded Hungarian for Expats, where she develops the content together with experienced Hungarian teachers.
Our classes are organized in modules and only teach you survival Hungarian – just the basics you need to make life in Budapest more pleasant. You can apply the class material easily in your daily life, such as ordering a coffee, asking for the way or socializing with other people.
We do offer childcare in some of the classes, to allow everyone to attend classes, even moms of young children.
We strongly believe that speaking a language creates bridges between people. Our goal is to build thousands of little bridges between you and Hungarians. To bring you closer to Hungarian culture, we also introduce some cultural knowledge into our classes and organize cultural events such as Hungarian winetastings.
Our modules are theme specific and six weeks long each, 1.5 hours per session. This way, you can choose to learn only what you are interested in. You are not interested in Buying Clothes? Just skip that module and take the next one!
Every module contains expat-relevant stories, role play and other interactive exercises and real-life practice.
Creative Content Developer
Bella is developing the content together with Mechthild and also teaches for Hungarian For Expats. Bella loves teaching Hungarian and English, which she has done for more than 15 years. She can also speak Romanian and is learning Persian and has two grown-up sons.
Director and Creative Mind
Based on Mechthild's own expat experiences, she develops the class content together with experienced teachers. Although she is not a natural language learner, she can speak 5 languages. For her, languages are opening the gate to the world. So it was a no-brainer that she would learn Hungarian as well. Mechthild has two daughters and likes to read, swim and drink whiskey.
Krisztina Hartmann is a Latin and English teacher, and loves teaching her mother tongue Hungarian. Krisztina loves to give cultural guidance for living in Hungary.