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Old Jun 1st 2023, 3:17 pm
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So my first serious Hungarian girlfriend was Fruzsina (Fruzsi). Very pretty & intelligent, only 21 or so. We were together a year or so, we went on hols eg to Thailand scuba diving.

Anyway - as was common back in 1997, she couldn't really speak much English - she spoke great German.

Once we tagged up, you you know how soon she picked up English? It all happened in about 3 months, suddenly she was fluent - she always was clever.

I guess German and English are not so dissimilar in some ways.

Plus the motivation.

Yes - the name might give it away if you know about these things - Fruzsi was Jewish, I never did establish how her parents got away with living in Budapest through WW2. Luckily none of that ever mattered, we liked each other a lot. Unlike my Jewish girlfriend at UK university (I'm not Jewish) who let me hop into bed with her but that was about it, because I'm not Jewish.
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Old Jun 1st 2023, 3:42 pm
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Does Hungarian have a lot of dialects? My Italian partner can recognise someone coming from a town only 30km away by their dialect. If she hears someone from Spoleto or Perugia she puts her fingers in her ears. I wish I had Fruzsi's linguistic skills.
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Does Hungarian have a lot of dialects? My Italian partner can recognise someone coming from a town only 30km away by their dialect. If she hears someone from Spoleto or Perugia she puts her fingers in her ears. I wish I had Fruzsi's linguistic skills.
Not that I'm aware of - though I wouldn't class myself as an expert. Probably no different to Estuary/ Manc/ Liverpudlian/ Glaswegian etc - but probably nothing like that.

I lived in Firenze for a year to learn 'perfect' Italian, Icche C'e C'e etc. A year I loved. 100% fluent Italian? I lived with 3 lovely Italian girls, none of them my girlfriend, just friends. I can do the Firenze accent quite well.

I only had to go to Sicily or Milan or kinda anywhere else to look pretty stupid when the locals lost me with their dialect.

Italy wasn't even joined up as a country until the Risorgimento, not that long ago.
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