ad MADARA: You seem to have both a talent and a lot of passion for language learning. I’m pretty sure you’ll have no problems studying German considering that you are already tackling a language as complex as Hungarian.
As for Arabic, will you study MSA and/or any of the local dialects (such as Egyptian, Syrian etc.)?
Is your father a native speaker of Arabic? If he is, you’ll have at least somebody around to practise on a daily basis which is a major advantage.
(…) If I try to learn a language, I would only consider it a success if I reach something like a good C1 level, so my list is much shorter. (…)
I don’t really make much sense of the levels according to the European Common Framework. I’ve met people who supposedly passed the C1 exam in German and they were definitely not as advanced as you seem to be based on what you have posted here in German.
I want to be able to understand, read, write and speak a language. And I want to be able to do this with authentic material, such as newspapers, movies, radio programmes etc. I don’t mind resorting to a dictionary while reading a book for example or having to ask for explanations if I don’t understand a word. That’s just part of the deal.
I don’t know what level that would be, but that’s what I am aiming for. I had a closer look at the Teach Yourself German book. I think it is classified as being on an A2 or B1 level. If you work through that book and if you actually understand the grammatical structures presented in this book so that you would be able to both recognize and reproduce them, then I think this is all you need. The rest is just a matter of practice and that takes time.
As for the number of languages on my list, well I obviously won’t get bored once I’m retired.
ad David: (…) Afterwards, my list will get more interesting. I’m interested in Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, German, Indonesian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese. (…)
Glad to see German is still on your list. I’ll spice it up with some cool Austrian words once you are ready for it