Ways to improve beyond Duolingo
I’ve noticed more and more people searching for ways to exercise Dutch outside of Duolingo, myself included. I’ve found some YouTube channels and downloaded some books and shows. Since it was a rather hard hunt for them, I thought I’d put up a list of all that I could find together. I encourage all of you to share more sources here. So, if you have/found something that you think would help people like me improve, feel free to share them here. That way, new comers would have a much easier time finding them, and will waste no more time searching and more time learning. So here we go:
Dutch Cartoons: Here you have Pokemon season 1-3 and movies and Winx Club season 1
Inazuma Eleven: 3 seasons of Inazuma Eleven
PotKast: Two guys called Kelvin and Peter who talk about everyday subjects in a funny atmosphere. It’s pretty similar to Good Mythical Morning, for those of you who know them.
Enzoknol: A vlog channel and daily Minecraft videos.
Croco Jill: A vlog channel by a 22 year old girl called Jill.
Lekker Spelen: A gaming channel for all the gamers out there.
DagelijksHaaDee: Another gaming channel.
TheDutchTerms: Another gaming channel mainly with Minecraft and FIFA.
StukTV: Giel, Thomas and Stefan prank and do all kinds of crazy stuff as suggested to them. Every week a new challenge is chosen from the comment section.
Plons, de gekke kikker: A channel with Plons the “crazy frog”. It’s for children so the story is delivered in a slow pace, therefore great for beginners.
I’ve downloaded a few children’s books from Children’s Books Forever which are also excellent for beginners.
TV Shows and News
npo.nl Here you can listen to Dutch radio and watch news, sports, culture, tech, etc.
2BDutch.nl From Bert and Ernie to politics.
NOS News, sports, culture, tech, etc.
NU.nl is a popular news website similar to NOS. They have an app for iPhone/Android so you can practice your Dutch on the move.
Jeugdjournaal is another news source more suitable for teenagers.
I think this list will help you with more news sources, pass time with books and some children’s shows. You may not understand everything right from the beginning but the challenge will help you improve and understand better in the future. Another method which I find really helpful is to change the language on your phone to Dutch; it will help you learn more words not taught in lessons.
All of these and more will help you improve outside of the Doulingo community, be sure to share more websites and tricks that helped you and I will try and keep this post up to date with new information!
Thanks for that.
For those who want some free epubs (not pdf - they are great on my ereader which has dictionaries, pdf do not work with my Kobo dictionaries)
Angelina van Kemenade - Waar zijn de chipjes + others https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338187
Eva Berk - Wonderdoosje
more advance (hard for me)
Nanine Kamp - De Vijf en het geheim van het verlaten kasteel + others http://ebooksgratis.nl/author/admin/
De Pingosaurus - Niels A. G. Kerstes https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NAGK
There are plenty of others out there. I found some other free or cheap Dutch kids books in the Kobo store.
Dank je! :)