New seasON in Magyar Iskola

by Julia Deák Sandler, Education Committee Chair and Headmaster

Summer days are coming to an end, and Hungarian School Seattle is preparing to open our virtual doors, and perhaps a few physical doors, to students again in Fall. 

Adult class registration is now open (register here). We will have three levels of weekly online classes on Sundays for beginner students ages 15 to 99! The most advanced of these has finished the A1 level book and starts A2 in September. Like last year, Gergely Nemeth of Magyar mint Idegen Nyelv Miskolc (MidMi) will be tuning in to teach these groups online. In addition, a monthly conversation group for advanced (B1-B2+) students will continue to meet on the 3rd Sunday nights of each month starting in September with Vanda Erdősi from the University of Pécs.

Children’s classes are still being planned. Unfortunately we still face considerable uncertainty with the COVID pandemic and our usual venue of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond remaining closed on Saturdays. We are very excited to welcome Borbala Görög to our volunteer faculty! The mother of two small children, Bori began attending Bobita Mommy-and-Me classes with Ildiko Nagy in New York when her daughter was 4 weeks old. She learned to teach it from Ildiko and is now prepared to bring this program to Seattle-area families with children ages 0-3.

Other programs in the planning stages are outdoor and eventually indoor programs continuing basic Hungarian literacy instruction and arts and crafts for our elementary-aged kids, hybrid history and literature courses with Scoutmaster Csaba Orban for our 10-15-year-olds who can read Hungarian, and online beginner classes for kids who are newer to the language. We would also love to organize a youth group for teens and college-age youth as time and volunteer power allows. Please email hungarianschoolseattle@gmail.com if you wish to help with the organizing of programs or to join our mailing list. Keep an eye on our webpage for the latest updates, and we’ll hope to see you soon!

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