Aug 24 2020


Study Hungarian in a unique, challenging, diverse and nurturing environment. The Kossuth Foundation is dedicated to offering rigorous language education for adults at all levels tailored to the needs of the students. We offer instruction at the beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Our teachers are generally native speakers, and are experienced and motivated.

We focus on helping those students who have the desire to effectively communicate in a foreign language. The Hungarian Language Program integrates speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We also foster a lifelong learning of Hungarian culture. If interested, please contact Liszka Etl, Language Program Manager at the Kossuth Foundation:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Typically, we follow the school year with a semester of instruction in the fall and one in the spring. Our courses are normally 12-14 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. In the past, we have also organized opportunities to continue learning in the summer through a short program of instruction or through social activities that emphasize use of the language at the appropriate level. Most classes meet for two and a half hours, once per week on weekday evenings and sometimes on Saturday mornings.

Classes tend to be small and emphasize both the language and the culture of Hungary. Students come from many backgrounds, including those who were born in Hungary but came to the US at an early age, those that studied or worked there, spouses or children of Hungarians and those simply trying to learn this challenging but rewarding language.


The beginner class focuses on basic grammar structures, present tense verb conjugation, greetings, and self-introduction. By the end of one year the students can greet Hungarian people, and introduce themselves, ask basic questions and exchange pleasantries. Previous Hungarian knowledge is not required. At this level, English language is used to explain grammar and expressions.

Advanced Beginner:

The emphasis at this level continues to be on basic grammar structures and present tense verb conjugations. In addition, this class stresses the language used in shopping, asking for directions, ordering food, booking a hotel room, and other routine situations. By the end of the semester the students can carry on simple conversations and communicate their basic needs.


At the intermediate level, our teachers cover more advanced grammar structures, and past, present, and future tense verb conjugations. The lessons emphasize work, free time, travel and language learning topics. By the end of the semester the students can carry on more advanced conversations, communicate about a wide range of topics, and even deal with complications.


All students in the class already have good language skills, and our goals are to expand vocabulary, increase speaking fluency, and improve reading comprehension while learning about Hungarian culture and current topics. In the Advanced level, we also review and practice grammar structures as needed.

If you know anyone interested in learning from scratch or improving their language skill, please reach out for more information.


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