Ok, I’ll admit it – I like Speak. It’s easy to laugh at the guy and his 2003 song that became a YouTube sensation, “Stop the War,” but I respect anybody who’s earnest and authentic, and he definitely comes off as that.
Uncle Drew of the excellent Budacast podcast tracked down the elusive Speak (otherwise known as Tamás Deák) and interviewed the man himself for CBC Radio’s “Search Engine” show. Link here.
And if you’re one of the few who hasn’t yet seen the most awesome video for “Stop the War” (or can’t wait to see it again), we present it here:
p.s. NEW HUNGARIAN LESSON OUT IN A FEW DAYS! (Sorry for the delay, folks… )
If you didn’t already know, last.fm has a quite a large selection of Hungarian music, which plays on your PC in an apparent random order, mixing musical genres and styles. And if you don’t like a particular song, just a click will bring up the next song in line.
The thing I like best about last.fm is that they offer some information about each musical artist they play and how to find out more about them. Actually, I’ve mostly stopped listening to online internet radio since discovering last.fm.
But in the comments section we were obliquely referenced. The first comment was innocuous enough:
grabog 2008.05.11. 20:18:11
Belehallgattam a magyarba. Hát, érdekes. (I listened to the Hungarian. Interesting.)
But the next comment also caught my eye:
richard4tus 2008.05.12. 04:37:56
ezt a podcastot már én is próbáltam, de eltántorított az elképesztő angol akcentus… (I also tried this podcast, but the horrid English accent sent me reeling.)
Apparently he means me and my accent in Hungarian.
First of all, I apologize for butchering the Hungarian language. I probably do have a strong accent. Györgyi’s used to it by now, but I imagine that other native speakers might not be so impressed.
Second, it should go without saying, but it’s worth stating openly: DO NOT IMITATE MY SPEECH PATTERNS. Györgyi is the native speaker, and you should repeat after what she says ONLY. I’m only here so that she doesn’t sound lonely speaking by herself, and because a dialogue needs at least two people.
If there was another Hungarian speaker near us, we would gladly co-opt that person into our podcast and get me out of the way. Hopefully we’ll be able to get another native speaker on soon so you can hear two native speakers talking and imitate their speech patterns properly. Until we can do that, I ask for the native speakers’ understanding and tolerance with my tört magyar!
Lesson 8 is between a mother and her son on Mother’s Day, and the son’s embarrassing admission about his gift to her. We answer several listener questions on this lesson, and also discuss the tradition of Hungarian name days and other odd tidbits of Hungarian culture that you might not have been aware of.
See below for the script for this lesson’s material and the new vocabulary. Try and memorize as much as possible so you’ll be ready for the review next time!
Feel free to ask us if you have any questions about this lesson or Hungarian in general, or just to let us know what you think of our podcast. Just leave a comment on this post or on any other one. Thanks for listening!