Definitely NOT in a traditional Hungarian classroom. As you can see in the attached photo, most Hungarian schools are still furnished with double-seat benches in two or three rows and the teacher confronts the children and force-feeds their heads with knowledge.
September 1st at 8:00 is a date schoolkids dread, but their parents are a bit relieved that their children’s vacation is over. Becsengettek, i.e. the school bell, has been rung (BE + CSENG + ET + TEK – in + ring + verb suffix + 3rd person plural past tense). The noun is CSENGŐ i.e. bell (ringer).
The Hungarian public-education system is state-run, and has a strict unified national curriculum. School-starting age is 6 or 7 preceded by a 2-3-year óvoda (pre-school). School-leaving age is 16, but the vast majority of students attend secondary school, ending with an ÉRETTSÉGI (“maturity” exam and certificate) entitling them to do further studies in higher education.
Teachers are officially called PEDAGÓGUSOK (pedagogues, but without its pedantic overtone in English, closer to ‘educator’) but the addressing forms are Tanár Úr! and Tanárnő! (Mr/Ms Teacher)… however, in the lower primary school, Tanító Néni! or Tanító Bácsi! (Aunt/Uncle Teacher).
As an alternative to this rigid system, FUNGARIAN classes are held in a more friendly setting at a café where the pain of learning to pronounce exotic words like FELSŐVEZETÉKSZAKADÁS (meaning overhead-contact-line rupture, a common cause of delayed trains, which you can hear a lot at railway stations through the loudspeakers) is soothed by sipping a coffee.
It has become a Fungarian tradition to offer a 4-Saturday SURVIVAL HUNGARIAN COURSE to newcoming international students, or as locals call them: KÜLFÖLDI EGYETEMISTÁK. There are more than 15,000 foreign students studying at the major Budapest Universities: Semmelweis (Medical), BME (Technical), Corvinus (Economics), ELTE (Arts and Science), and CEU (Central European University).
Each Fungarian class is held in a different café, and after one hour of learning the students can practice their knowledge at the local market, in shops, at the post office, or just stopping locals to ask for directions. For more information: http://fungarian.hu/survival-hungarian/