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About Me


I'm Judith (Judit vagyok). I'm a Hungarian Kiwi - that is a first generation New Zealander whose family came from Hungary.

Although the family spoke both Hungarian and English when I was very little, it soon became an English only household. It was not until visiting family in Hungary, as a teenager, I realized I had lost most of my Hungarian (I guess I thought it was just sitting there ready to come on call - mostly it wasn't).

So, although I could claim Hungarian as my first language I am not a native speaker. Over the years I have slowly clawed it back - with tapes, CDs, grammar books, children's story books and DVDs. Although the biggest gains were at the Debrecen Summer School's 4-week intensives. And now song.

In New Zealand, I loved to sing. In Hungary it seems everyone sings (some of my relatives can sing for hours without repeating a song). It occurred to me this would be a great way to learn a language.

So, I'm no linguist but I think I can teach you something of the Hungarian language. My training is in Electrical Engineering, teaching and IT. I taught teenagers for 5 years and adults from naďve office workers to professional engineers for many more (although most of my time is spent programming not teaching). I have also taught dance and exercise to adults for many years. And I'm passionate about my Hungarian heritage.

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Singing at Varga Day party 2006 (Laci, Gábor, Gábor).
Singing at Varga Day party
A Kiwi bird.
A Kiwi bird