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Beginner, intermediate, and advanced Hungarian language classes are offered in the evenings during spring and fall semesters for teens and adults. Read more

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Study Hungarian in a unique, challenging, diverse and nurturing environment. The Kossuth Foundation is dedicated to offering rigorous language education for adults at a variety of levels tailored to the needs of the students. In the past, we have offered 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 Judit Subertné Haála 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.  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.  Classes tend to be small and emphasize both the language and the culture of Hungary.  Students include 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 four levels we have taught in the past include the following:   We do not charge tuition but we do pay our teachers in order to ensure we have quality instruction and, therefore, we ask for a voluntary donation that helps support the program overall using a recommended level depending on the length of the class.


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.


Kossuth Foundation News

Mission Statement

The mission of the Foundation is to, “foster diversity in American society and honor the presence of Hungarian Americans in it by maintaining and encouraging the language, heritage, religious traditions, and historical culture of Hungarians in America and the appreciation thereof.” [from Article I of the Kossuth Foundation Bylaws]

Kossuth Foundation Awarded Grant from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation

On May 24, 2018, the Kossuth Foundation was awarded a generous 1,000,000 HUF (approximately $3,600) grant from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation (Bethlen Gábor Alapitvány or BGA) to support the Kossuth Foundation’s adult Hungarian language education program. The BGA is supported by the National Policy Research Institute (Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet) of the Government of Hungary. Upon hearing of the grant award, Gabor Rozsa, Executive Director of the Foundation, said “We are enormously appreciative of the generous support we have received from the Bethlen Gabor Foundation and the Hungarian Government.”

The Kossuth Foundation’s language program offers evening adult language education in the Washington, DC metro area at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The program employs professional teachers who are all native Hungarian speakers with practical experience in language education. In the past, the program has been supported by donations from students, and has struggled to break even. This new grant will allow the program greater flexibility to grow and provide more services to the community. Grant funds will be used to help defray the salaries of teachers and also to purchase supplies to enhance the ability of the classes to meet student needs.


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