The Hungarian language, or Magyar, is a member of the Finno-Ugric language family. It has ten million speakers in Hungary and another three million worldwide.

Hungarian is currently offered via high-definition videoconference from Columbia University through the Shared Course Initiative. Cornell students may register for the class in Student Center through the Department of Romance Studies. For more information about registration contact Dick Feldman at

The course instructor is Carol Rounds, who is Senior Lecturer in Hungarian at Columbia University. Her research interests include linguistics and Uralic studies. She has translated numerous political texts, critical essays, and medieval texts from Hungarian and Finnish. She has also published a Hungarian reference grammar, Hungarian: An Essential Grammar (2009), as well as a Hungarian language textbook, Colloquial Hungarian: A Complete Course for Beginners, co-authored with Erika Sólyom (2011). She may be reached at