https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBS88

My girlfriend thinks Dutch is...

A silly language to learn.

She says nobody speaks it, and all Dutch people speak English...

What can I tell her to convince her that this lekker language is worth learning?

Btw, level 5 after a few days learning, and I am LOVING this! Bedankt so much to all at DuoLingo who make this site possible, it really is amazing!

Alex

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MouPeMantissa

I'm learning it because I want to go to university there. I'm sure Máxima said once that if you want to make a living in the Netherlands, you need to learn the language to fully grasp the culture and lifestyle of Dutch people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBS88

That's cool! What's it like up at level 14? groot woorden?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MouPeMantissa

Heh, I'm nearly at the end of my tree, I'm on Abstract Nouns 2. I'm gonna have to work hard for a 25 though! Moeilijk te geloven dat ik bijna klaar.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robin24305

Yes, you are nearly there, I just finished my tree recently and was on level 14 and quickly leveled up after that. It feels really relaxed to have finished it, now I am dabbling in exercises that are fun and so much easier than when I first did them, but it is still proving necessary to redo, lots forgotten along the way. Good luck!

2 years ago

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

Sorry but I am going to correct you... Het is moeilijk te geloven dat ik bijna klaar ben. Nice you are almost done :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emak02
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I like it that you are learning Dutch, because I'm Dutch myself. Do you have a reason to learn it? You don't have to, I'm just curious to know :) Veel succes met leren!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBS88

Bedankt Ema!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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All Dutch people speak English.......let your girlfriend google: ''steenkolenengels''. She be learning Dutch with you in no time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chiara.me

Especially the english versions of dutch proverbs are hilarious. -"It is dogs weather" - "the monkey comes out of the sleeve" - "to blow high of the tower" - etc etc

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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Oh yes, especially the proverbs, like this one: ''If the cat is away from home dance the mice!'' xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
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gek als een deur That's my favorite dutch-nonsense at the moment

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
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Dared to google.. Wasn't disappointed LOL

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

Well besides the fact that speaking another language helps to delay Alzheimer's disease all of the burden should not be placed on non-native English speakers.

You also don't need any reason to learn a language or dabble in one. If you enjoy it that's all that matters.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBS88

That's exactly what I told her :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

PS. 27 million people speak Dutch in a few countries. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ehsan_Mehmed
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even we use several dutch words here in Indonesian, hahaha

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/codygelb
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Being able to speak their native language will always bring you further than speaking english. People will open up to you in a new way, and it's a way to connect to people. If you find someone who speaks dutch, you'll have an automatic connection. This does not happen with English, it's too widely spoken - but rather where you're from that connects english speakers. If I'm in Brazil and find someone who speaks english, that's not going to build the same connection as if I can find a dutch person there. By beer number two we'll be best friends. Try accomplishing the same with the dutchmen in English....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/codygelb
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And of course you'll much more enjoy going to Belgium/The Netherlands having a bit of knowledge of their language. It gives you a whole different experience.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

Well said.

In a way though I do feel that connection when I find out people are trying to learn American English as opposed to British, Canadian, or Australian English. It may be almost the same thing but the fact their putting in the effort to learn your version is always a nice feeling.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Signor_Nessuno
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I think EVERY language is worth learning, as long as you love it and have a reason (personal, business-related... or just sheer curiosity) to learn it :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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I personally think Nelson Mandela said it best: "If you speak to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

If you're here on a temporary basis, your enthusiasm for the language, will show you're doing just that little bit extra, and people will be willing to do the same for you more readily.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aman1010

she is wrong

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johannes-001

misschien

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dzhocef
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You can say it's similar to English, but it also has more cognates with other Germanic languages than English, so those languages become a little easier to read. You could also say that hundreds of millions of people speak Chinese, but even that is only spoken in very few countries compared to English, French, and Spanish.

2 years ago

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

Dutch people can speak English but at home ... forget it ( Vergeet het) Hhahaha Ik ben zelf Nederlands ( uit Belgie) I am Dutch myself so ( From Belgium)

Ik hoop dat je Nederlands helemaal gaat kunnen leren. Veel succes ! I hope you can learn the full language (Dutch) . Wish you luck ! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxPieters0

Lot's of people who speak dutch are either have a heavy accent or only speak it in a limited quantity. It is also a great way to transition into either french, german or english, if one of those is your native language. And then there is just the fact that learning someone else's language is a sign of respect and being cultured.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexBS88

Well, I am no longer together with the girlfriend, and I'm up to level 7 Dutch now...

So here's to hoping I find myself a nice Dutch vrouw :D

2 years ago
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