Moving on from Basics 2 to Food
I have dyslexia, and I have enough trouble with English spelling. I am 74, and I need to learn how to verbally communicate and to read in Dutch. But spelling is not important to me. I am now coming to believe that it is my dyslexia that is keeping me in an endless cycle of Phrases, when aside from my frequent Dutch spelling misteaks, I feel ready to move on to Food.
I fear that this insistence on correct Dutch spelling will soon lead to my quitting this Duolingo program which aside from the spelling, I am enjoying.
Install a Dutch dictionary in Microsoft Word, and let MS Word correct your answers.
Focus on the spoken language. Spelling in Dutch is much closer to the spoken language than in English. Usually, sounds are spelled the same way. (That is not true for e.g. ei and ij (which are the same sounds), and auand ou (same)). You could type your answers in Google Translate first, and let it speak the text. Then you can copy and paste it in Duolingo.
Do you use dictation software in English? Maybe your software has a Dutch module. If not, you can use Speech Input in Google Translate.
To add to the dictionary suggestion. I would install a Dutch dictionary add-on in your browser so you can check your spelling right-away, without having to switch to Word, which seems very tedious to me.
Maybe you should try other methods , not every method is right for everyone.. I'd suggest the Michel Thomas audio course. It will teach you how to speak, but not how to write or read..
I don't mean to chase you off Duolingo, but if you think a verbal/audio approach would be better for you, then you might want to check into Pimsleur (which is all audio) or something like Michel Thomas (which I think is all or mostly audio). They're not free like Duolingo, but you should be able to find them at your local library.
Also, check out DutchPod101 on Youtube. There is some other good stuff on Youtube as well.
Since spelling is not important to you, these programs might work much better for you. I wish you luck!
Thanks for this, but I went to a school specifically for dyslexics in the US, and I do not feel, at 74, this is something for me.
Really? Because you obviously have access to and know how to use a computer. I don't believe your age should be an argument against learning something new! :-) You are not that much older than me... (OK, you're closer to my father's age than to mine, but still.)
Did you check out Google Translate?
Of course, it is not for me to decide what is best for you.
I think it is great that you are learning a new language at your age. Is Dutch your first foreign language? I hope that when I have your age, I'll still be learning.