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I completed the Dutch tree

This week, I completed the Dutch tree. Now, I shall practice, practice, practice to refine what I have learned!

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It not only brought me closer to my Dutch ancestry, but also opened up an entirely new group of reading material for me. I typically spend time every day reading in multiple languages. I have been wanting to read in Dutch and now I can do it! Hooray! I have already read four books in Dutch while I was taking this course.

Dutch was a new language for me and it took me about five months to complete the tree. I found it to be an extremely easy language to learn.

I have taken many courses over the years in multiple languages and am familiar with many different language learning methods. I liked the Duolingo methodology so well that I will be working on more trees in other languages in the future. I am taking French right now to brush up my existing French skills and I plan to do the same for Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German since those are languages that I've worked on learning for many years. Eventually, I hope to also work on other languages that I have only dabbled with before.

At any rate, Duolingo has been a great learning method for me. I have recommended it to quite a few other people since I think it is extremely effective. It is also a great tool for the older language learner to use to acquire a new language.

It is a myth that older learners cannot learn a new language. I have added a new language about every ten years. I started with Latin which was a good base to start from, then added Italian when I was studying art history, then Spanish, then Portuguese, then German, then French and now I am learning Dutch. English is my native language and I found a lot of common vocabulary with Dutch. Over the years, I have also dabbled with other languages, and was pleased to see that Duolingo has other courses in those languages, too.

Anyway, it was a pleasure to use Duolingo to learn Dutch. I appreciate the work that everyone has done to develop the course.

2 years ago

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Congratulations on the tree! Great post!

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Great quote! It's a keeper!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buck72
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Congratulations! Cheers for your interest for continuing to learn!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PennyWhistler
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Congratulations to you!!! : )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lily23st

Congratz.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anise1105
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That's fantastic! Congratulations. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/emak02
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Gefeliciteerd met het beƫindigen van de Nederlandse boom :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Bedankt!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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Gefeliciteerd joh! Welke boeken heb je gelezen? Waren het vertalingen of waren ze van Nederlandse (of Vlaamse) schrijvers?

Verder, lukt het je een beetje met de uitspraak? De 'ui' (om even een voorbeeld te noemen) is niet bepaald het makkelijkste geluid voor buitenlanders om te maken. (de ui is trouwens ook niet zo makkelijk om te snijden, het is echt iets om van te janken, maar dat is over het overigens wel bekend.)

Voel je je nu alsof je wel redelijk goed bent in het Nederlands, of zijn er nog bepaalde dingen waar je echt nog wel wat moeite mee hebt?

Om even een verjaardagsliedje aan te halen:

Wel gefeliciteerd, je neus staat verkeerd, en je oren achterstevoren. Wel gefeliciteerd! (geen zorgen, dit is niet letterlijk bedoeld, het is gewoon een gek verjaardagsliedje. Heel normaal.)

PS: Ik kan wel wat boeken aanraden als je interesse hebt.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Bedankt voor uw vriendelijke woorden.

Dit zijn de boeken die ik heb gelezen.

None of the books I've read are modern so if you have suggestions of other more modern books to read, I'd be delighted to hear them: - Andersens Sproken en vertellingen by H. C. Andersen - A Dutch phrasebook(written in 1943) - Key to Dutch Conversation and Grammar by T. G. G. Valette (written in 1893 by a teacher from Gouda) - Sprookjes/Tweede verzameling by Wilhelm Grimm (Dutch Edition)

I have found quite a few older books in Dutch in Gutenburg and in Google Books and plan to look there for more. I also found some easy reader e-books for the Kindle. I would like to find an easy history book on the Netherlands or a mystery. If you could recommend classic books from the Netherlands that most native citizens would have read, I would be interested in those.

My ears, by the way, are situated as they should be. I'll let you decide if they are on backwards or not (big laugh).

I feel that my Dutch skills are still modest since my vocabulary is still quite small, only about 5,000 words. I studied Dutch vocabulary before taking the Duolingo class so I have more vocabulary than the class alone would provide. And I look up vocabulary when I am reading books. It is my opinion that I need to get to at least 10,000 words of vocabulary to enter the intermediate level, but perhaps not. I still consider myself a beginner, but one who has made considerable progress in a short period of time. My speaking skills still need work. But, I am happy to be at this point since it can only get better from here.

Thanks again for your comment.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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Some historical ones. (both fiction and non-fiction): Max Havelaar, Het Achterhuis, Reis door de nacht (3 books), Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek, Kruimeltje.

You can download Het Achterhuis and Max Havelaar (among others) on this page:

http://ebooksgratis.nl/download/

If you want some more easy ones (made for children I can recommend these, they're well-written and you'll find plenty of people that have read them in the Netherlands.

Book series: De Kameleon, Dik Trom, Swiebertje, Pietje Bel, Pinkeltje, De Olijke Tweeling and Floortje.

I can also recommend pretty much everything written by Tonke Dragt and Jacques Vriens. The latter writes children's books, but in some of them you'll find deeper messages and story's. (Achtste-groepers huilen niet, Groep acht aan de macht)

By the way, this summer there's an app called "vakantiebieb" (vacation-library) available (from june 1 to august 31). I believe you can also use it outside of the Netherlands, so it might be something worth looking into.

https://vakantiebieb.nl/

If you have a Dutch library card (but I suspect you don't have one) you can download some free e-books here: http://www.bibliotheek.nl/e-books.html

Another option would be to check out this site: http://www.lezenvoordelijst.nl/

It's a site meant for teens doing their secondary eduacation. To be more specific: Their Dutch (or Frisian or German) reading lists. (to do exam in a language you have to read a couple of books.) Here you can find a good selection of well-written (and often well-known) books. And while you may not be able to download them, you will however get a good idea of some of the classics.

Bonus: You can sort on reading level! So you could just start at level 1 and work your way up to the more complicated stuff.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

This is really great information! I shall certainly use these resources!

I also found a lot of the Max Havelaar books in Google Books where they can be downloaded for free. I will look for the other authors there also and will also try the urls you provided.

Typically when I learn a language, I do read a lot of children's and teen's books to quickly progress on vocabulary and reading proficiency. So, these are great resources that I will certainly use.

Even if I can't download some of the books, I can probably find them now that I can find their titles. I order quite a few books from European booksellers so it is not a big obstacle if I cannot find the books online. And, many libraries have digitized their collections so it is often possible to find the older books that way. In fact, I probably read more books written between the 1600's to the late 1800's than I read modern books, laugh!

I really appreciate the help from you! Bedankt

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lady.Bridgerton

Congratulations ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CandaceYor

Thank you!

2 years ago