Dr Marta Berry-Gajdos
Dr Edit Zolnai chair
I am a Hungarian living in London, but Veszprém is my home town where I spent most of my childhood.
I was trained as a lawyer and worked as a judge in Veszprém for a couple of years before marrying an Englishman and settling down in England in 1992. I re-trained and did the English law degree, but I could never practise here as our children arrived in 1996 and in 2000.
Before they were born, my husband and I read all the literature about bilingualism we could lay our hands on. We are convinced that bilingualism is not only not harmful, but a huge advantage for them and we should do all we can to help them learn and practise Hungarian in this English speaking country. I am very pleased that both our sons are balanced bilinguals and my husband’s grip on the language is also respectable.
We joined the Hungarian Children and Parents Group in 1998, where I got more and more involved in the management of the Group. In 2000, I was elected Chair and in this position I am working to help local Hungarian, or semi-Hungarian children learn Hungarian in a happy environment.