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Pronunciation differences between the Netherlands and Belgium?

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Hello. I live in Belgium and I'm studying Dutch at school. I decided to continue my learning at home with Duolingo but I've got a little problem: Duolingo uses the pronunciation of the Netherlands while my teacher uses the Belgian one. And I find both so different! So it's a little difficult for me to do the listening exercises. And I would like to know what are the differences between both variants of that language. Could anybody tell me? Thanks for reading and excuse me for the mistakes(don't hesitate to correct me, because I would like to progress in English).

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ElieVerbrugge

as xsophire already explained, there are quite some similarities, but also many differences. The most obvious difference in Flanders is between the French influence near Brussels and the german influence near the coast. eg 'Ik' near Brussels is more like 'iek' and near the coast is more like 'ekk'. Closest to Germany there are even complete German words integrated in the pronunciation such as 'ich' in stead of 'ik', that region doesn't sound anything like the coastal dialect, though :s. Integration vs influence I guess.

On the content part; I'm Belgian and have issues completing the Dutch course on Duolingo due to the use of some words for different meanings. e.g.: Lopen in Dutch is to walk, while in Flemish it's used for running. This is a simple example but it gets more complicated fast :p.

Flemish also has more French influence in the sentence structure than Dutch. As with any language, many regions have their own words for a lot of things, which only the locals know (and some enthusiasts). Considered as real dialects, not just pronunciation differences.

2 years ago

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Thanks for your replies and sorry for not having replied earlier to you but I've been really busy these last days. ElieVerbrugge: For "lopen" are you sure? My teacher(who teaches Flemish Dutch) told me that "lopen" meant "to walk" in Belgium as well. And in the Netherlands, how does one pronounce the "t" in "informatie" for example? I know it's different from Flemish but I don't know how to pronounce it. And sorry for repeating myself, but could you correct my first message?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theluji
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You pronounce the ''t'' like ''ts'' ( informatie - informaatsie )

2 years ago

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Ok thanks ;)

2 years ago

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Your first message is quite good.

2 years ago

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So, no mistakes? :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theluji
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I'm not a native English speaker as well but the message seems fine, except for this once sentence.

And I would like to know what are the differences between both variants of that language.

should be

And I would like to know what the differences between both variants of that language are

2 years ago

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Thanks for the correction!

2 years ago

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No problem :)

2 years ago