Seasoned Expat Experiences
One day, I met with my friend Luca*. We talked in German as we always do, and I was curious where Luca learned to speak German so well. Sure, she makes a grammatical mistake here and there, or she uses the wrong word. But even specialized words such as “Autowaschanlage” (car wash), she knows.
So I asked: “You must have spent some time in a Germanspeaking country, right?”
Do you know what she answered? “Of course! Once, we were on vacation in Sopron [town in Western Hungary, near the Austrian border]. And one day, we even went to Austria.” I was stunned. I have never learned to speak a language without spending time in the respective country.
What I learned from that? If my friend can learn a difficult language like German fluently, despite living in another country, and despite the language being unrelated to her own, we Expats can learn Hungarian basics for sure!
Hungarian phrases in this blogpost might not be correct – after all, I am only learning myself. No need to worry. Based on my own expat experiences, all Hungarian for Expats Classes are given by native speakers.