Looking for Dutch Books
Hallo! (ok, that's about all I know. English for the rest =P)
So, I don't know any Dutch outside of Duolingo, and while Duolingo is fun and all, I feel like it would work nicely as a sort of complement to learning with a book. So I'm looking for:
A) Any textbook recommendations for complete beginners
B) Any simple books, such as children's books and comics, for instance.
I feel like either of these would help me feel a bit more like I'm able to use what I learn off Duolingo and would also help me remember words better and get a better feel for the sentence flow, etc.
- We have Dutch books, but how do we get them to you?
- It's also possible to buy Dutch books a Amazon. e.g. popular Dutch childrens books are Pinkeltje: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pinkeltje
Jip en Janneke, Puk en de Petteflet are timeless children's books.
Other ones that are relatively simply written but fun are maybe fairytale books.
The Donald Duck weekly comic books also are great ones - it is both simple fun and simple wording, and complex references and thought at the same time.
For comics I would reccomend 'Suske en Wiske'. It's a Flemish comic book series so it does contain some vocab specific to Belgium but it's quite popular in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Bonus: It is a very large series, so plenty of material.
Children's books: These are just a few series that are relatively well known and generally aimed at a primary school audience. (primary school generally ends at age 12)
H. de Roos, De Kameleon, 60+ volumes. (2 movies, both suck)
C. Joh. Kievit, Dik Trom, 3+ books, has also been adapted into a movie (that doesn't follow the plot of any of the books as far as I know.)
Chr, van Abkoude, Pietje Bell, 8 volumes + 2 movies, both better than 'the Kameleon movies'.
Jaques de Vries, mostly books centering on typical school life. 'Achtste groepers huilen niet' will make you cry. Trust me.
Tonke Dragt, Reccomended: De brief voor de koning, de geheimen van het wilde woud, de zevensprong.
Can't think of any others at the moment, but should you find yourself at a decent level, I would reccomend you to look at the link below. It's basically a list of all of the great books in Dutch literature. I can reccomend 'Nooit meer slapen' by Willem Frederiks Hermans. It's a great book.
NOTE: Dutch literature isn't as 'light, bright, happy and positive' as English literature. Often it gets downright depressive. Seriously, Dutch literature is deep. (sometimes dark) Just a personal observation.
Veel succes met Nederlands leren. Stuur gerust een berichtje als je nog wat boektips wilt hebben.
I have the Kindle version of "First Dutch Reader for Beginners." It starts with simple readings and gets more complicated as you progress. I think it's a good book. My only complaint, of sorts, is that its USA-centric. In other words, the scenes are all set in the US. I was hoping for something set in NL, but that's a minor complaint.
There is also a thread around here somewhere that lists foreign lang. books for children, Dutch being one of the languages offered. But, I can't seem to find it at the moment.
I don't have a special recommendation but I had quite the same question some months ago and so I started looking for easy things to read in dutch. I noted the problem with reading is you have to find something not too difficult to understand but also you have to be interested in the subject, else you will be bored very soon. I found two things that worked for me so far:
Literature you use in school, especially for beginners. I found two books with crime short stories for A1 and A2 level. On each page there is some vocabulary explained and some "cultural" information (you know some every day things, that are typical and special for the Dutch people). Also there are some exercises at the end of each chapter.
Reading something you already know in your language, so it won't be too hard to understand what's happening. Probably that won't be native Dutch literature but I think that's ok for a start.