Hungarian Language 1 (early exit) CEES1018

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Hungarian is the native language of about 15 million people living in Hungary, in other countries in the Carpathian basin, and in other parts of the world. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric languages, but it is only very distantly related to Estonian and Finnish. Its vocabulary has also absorbed significant German and Slavonic elements, but the language is markedly different from its geographical neighbours or distant relatives. It is written in the Roman alphabet and its spelling system is very consistent and regular.

This half-year course gives some basic knowledge of the Hungarian language


2 x 2-hour classes per week. Timetable is arranged to suit.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Coursework (30%)

Average of assessed written language worked = 1/2

Average of spoken language marks award = 1/2


End of semester class test specifically for early exit students (70%)

Written component = 1/2

Oral = 1/2

Course Aims

■ To introduce the students to the basic grammar and syntax of the Hungarian language

■ To help the students acquire an initial basic vocabulary and build on it

■ To enable the students to use the language in reading, writing, hearing and speaking

■ To help the students to extend their capacity for independent learning using a variety of sources (computer assisted language exercises, DVD and video recordings, newspapers etc.)

■ To help them develop their ability appropriately to seek help and clarification and their capacity for problem solving and self-evaluation

■ To help them develop a positive attitude towards the speaking of Hungarian and in particular develop the confidence to communicate in Hungarian without the fear of making mistakes

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Show an understanding of basic Hungarian spoken at normal speed

■ Analyse basic linguistic structures

■ Demonstrate an appropriate command of Hungarian vocabulary and structures in class test

■ Demonstrate a sufficient command of Hungarian vocabulary and grammatical structure in the context of written exercises and translations of appropriate level

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits