https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Just started Dutch!

I've been doing German, and I just added Dutch. They are REALLY similar so far. So hello Dutch community!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/thenick.
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Dutch is a fun language to learn and I consider it fairly easy to learn. However, I wouldn't recommend learning German and Dutch at the same time as they are quite similar and you might mix up the two languages. Anyways, Good Luck and Happy Learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sunivah

I am German and I'm learning Dutch. Living in the UK and speaking English all day, I'm mixing up all 3 languages - very confusing! I love the Dutch language though

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Dank ye, but I'm already learning both Dutch and German... lol. I'm already having a bit of trouble. For example, the German word for is is ist, and so in Dutch I'll say something like De Jongen ist Goed or whatever.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thenick.
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Yes I understand as I speak (very little) German and a decent amount of Dutch

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I just started Dutch as well and I agree. It is quite similar to German. I did Dutch for a few weeks in June/July but stopped because I didn't have enough time. But now I decided to get back into it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

But its spelling is weird.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I agree. Germn is quite easy to spell but Dutch spelling is quite hard. For example vrouw (woman) and meisje (girl).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brijsven
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https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
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I find the spelling really simple compared to other languages where they add letters for no reason... I kinda write what i hear when I'm not sure.. And when it comes to verb endings there's nothing to even think about there are only 3 ways it can go..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mreaderclt
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Dutch spelling is different but once you start getting used to the patterns, it's pretty consistent.

For instance, "ij" is treated like a single vowel.

There are lots of videos on YouTube that have helped me.

Here's a good one on the alphabet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeSVfxPeFv0

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Thanks, I'll try and remember it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Okay, why'd I get downvotes for this? I wasn't insulting Dutch, English's spelling is weird.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nielzke23
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It gets even more weird when you come to the spelling rules for verbs, many Dutch people have problems of when to use ''vind'' (find, 1st person singular) or ''vindt'' (find, 2nd & 3rd person singular) since their pronunciation is the same. This is the same for other verbs of which the stem ends in -d.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Priscilla95-

Hello and welcome :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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Veel geluk! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

What's that mean? I haven't done phrases yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu
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Isn't it similar to "Viel Glück"? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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Good luck :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Okay. Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxannexXx

Heey there! i'm dutch, so if any of you need help by learning dutch, just ask me! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Oh, that's French you're learning. Good thing I didn't ask why you were learning Dutch... that would have been embarrassing :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XxannexXx

hahah no problem :)!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAugustson

Bedankt! ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JNava1

Hallo! I just started learning Dutch yesterday and I couldn't be more happy with my selection!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brijsven
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Awesome to hear! ^_^ I hope you continue to enjoy your studies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

Hallo! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun. Be sure to say hallo to your schoenen for me. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sean654321

My shoes say hello as well :p

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lunatyk
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I've also just started Dutch. I went through one book once but it didn't help much. I did notice that I started to understand a lot more after I learned how to read Dutch. It really is similar to German.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Good luck to you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAugustson

Hallo! ^^ I'm amazed how easy it is, and how much fun, to learn new languages on Duolingo! At last I can learn to speak my family's language! So excited!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicPowerHero

Cool!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanAugustson

I'm having a bit of a hard time pronouncing the "ui" and "ij" vowel sounds. Other texts I've read liken the "ui" to the English "ir" (as in "bird"), which is preposterous. My "ij" always comes out "ei'; and my "ui" comes out closer to "ouw". Thoughts? Is there a linguistics buff who can tell me the proper lingual/palatal/labial positioning? (Sorry if that sounded a bit racy). O_o

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MyrtheVrancken

I have been thinking about this. And I've come up with some ideas to explain the pronunciation. I really hope this'll help.

for the ui pronunciation. What a lot of people do is putting a W on the end. so you get, as you said, more of a 'ouw' sound.

Try and stick a soft J at the end it. So not a J as in "jungle' which is a hard J (most common in English), but more of a soft J. For example the J at the beginning of the dutch word 'jongen' (boy). I hope you know how to pronounce that kind of J, otherwise this is useless (':

If you have the word 'trui' (sweater) pronounce it like 'truiJ'. Please don''t get mistaken by the pronunciation of ij. Use the pronunciation of ui and stick a soft J behind it. This should give you a higher pitch at the end of the word, than you'd get if you say it like 'ouw'.

I can understand if 'er geen touw aan vast te knopen is' (Dutch expression ;) ) It means if you don't get it at all. But I do really hope this is useful.

For the ij. In dutch the 'ij' and 'ei' sounds the same. So than you'd do a fabulous job. But I think you mean the English pronunciation of 'ei' (which sounds more like I from I am). This is such a little difference that I honestly do not know how to explain the difference. It's most useful to hear the difference from someone and try to imitate that.

Good luck with learning Dutch. It is difficult but truly beautiful!

2 years ago
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