Welcome to my first blog post!
I decided to start blogging as there are so many topics that interest me professionally and I’m hoping others may find interesting, too. I also wanted to have a dedicated space on my website where I can collect all these thoughts together.
The third reason is that I have recently been contacted by a few people asking for my thoughts, experience and advice on various topics and that was the point when I realised: I do have things to say, would love to share my passion for languages, and for the Hungarian language in particular, and there might be people out there interested in hearing this. I’d like to encourage you to leave a comment and get in touch with me; I am certainly interested in your feedback!
You might have already heard that in May 2010 the Hungarian National Assembly approved a new law on Hungarian citizenship and introduced a simplified naturalisation procedure. You can find the eligibility criteria widely communicated on the Internet (or here on my website as well) and I would also like to urge you to contact your local consulate and check your exact circumstances.
One area however which you probably won’t find a huge amount of information on, is the level of Hungarian knowledge you will need in order to be successful at the interview. In the past year I have helped a number of clients prepare for their interview and their feedback was as follows:
All my clients have said the people conducting the interviews were very helpful. We all know that the Hungarian language is a difficult one to master and I am delighted to see that they are not expecting fluent, native speakers; but they are certainly expecting you to be able to communicate in Hungarian.
- Small talk.
Most of my clients had a little chat at the beginning of the interview about how they felt, the weather, etc.
- Application form.
This probably comes as no surprise, but they will go through your filled-in application form, ask you questions (in Hungarian, of course), etc.
Some people were asked questions with regards to their biography.
- Next steps.
During the course of the interview the next steps of the process were discussed and applicants always had a chance to ask questions.
Most of my clients commented after the interview that they had a chance to prove they had a place for Hungary and the Hungarian language in their hearts.
These are things we can prepare for during the lessons and of course we do that, and a lot more.
So this is the gist of the feedbacks I received from applicants who have already passed their interviews. I would like to thank these clients of mine who were kind enough and took the time to share this information with me.
If you would like to add your thoughts or share your experience on this topic, please do not hesitate to do so.
If you are currently preparing for your interview you might be interested to know that as a sign of my support I offer a discount on Hungarian citizenship interview courses. Please feel free to contact me and ask for more details.