Egy szó mint száz: Vocabulary by topic

The concept
No, it is not a math book (although it really looks like one!). This book is a collection of words and phrases which offers, for the first time in the history of mankind, a thematic approach for students who wish to learn Hungarian as a foreign language. It present Hungarian vocabulary around 19 topics taken from everyday life and language exam topic lists. In order to help you distinguish between common and less frequently used vocabulary, the most important words are highlighted in bold. Learning them will enable you to have basic conversations about a variety of everyday topics. The selected vocabulary can also be used in preparation for the B1 (threshold) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Who do we recommend this book to?
Well, of course to everyone reading this page! Seriously: This collection can serve as an effective resource for students who wish to take the option "Hungarian as a foreign language" for their high school final exam, intend to take a language exam in Hungarian, and for those who would "simply" like to expand their vocabulary systematically. It can be used from beginner to advanced levels in both group lessons and self-study settings.

The structure
In order to facilitate the use of the book, all chapters have the same structure. Part A (Useful words) presents topic-related vocabulary lists. The lists are divided into smaller units, and the most important words are written in bold to make learning easier. Part A also contains diagrams that show the connection between words derived from the same stem and offer visual support for memorizing them. The texts in the gray boxes are written in English. They contain cultural information and additional linguistic information. Part B (Useful sentences) presents topic-related phrases and expressions taken from everyday language.

Check out the Table of Contents, the Preface and the chapter about Family (Love, romantic relationships / Family members and relatives / Raising children) from the book in our Sample Section below.

You can order the book at the website of Akadémiai Kiadó.

The book is also available in all larger Libri and Alexandra bookstores or via Bookline in Hungary.

Authors: Pelcz Katalin and Szita Szilvia
Editor: Akadémiai Kiadó
283 pages
English versionISBN: 978-9630590624

German version: ISBN: 978-9630594639

Available online at:
- Akadémiai Kiadó

Also available in all larger Libri and Alexandra bookstores, as well as online via Bookline.

Table of contents


Sample pages: Family

About the Authors
  • Szilvia Szita founded Magyaróra in 2002. She has given several courses at the Debrecen Summer School and the University of Groningen in the past ten years. She is the co-author of Begegnungen , a series of German language and grammar books. She is also the author of the award-winning MagyarOK course books.

  • Katalin Pelcz has been a lecturer at the University of Pécs (Hungary) since 2003. She is currently working at the International Studies Center where she is supervising the course programme for Hungarian as a foreign language. She is also the author of the award-winning MagyarOK course books.

Sample section