Wow, I'm envious. I really want to learn Dutch. I've got a few words but nothing solid, yet. I have a feeling that once I really dig into it, it won't be too hard as a native English speaker. Aside from English, I have no experience with Germanic languages. I'm very used to Romance languages, so, I don't find the basics of them too difficult when I take on a new one. I'm certainly not fluent in any one of them though, sadly. Spanish is certainly my strongest but Portuguese is my favorite. Because of the convenience of duolingo, I started up Italian the other day. I really need to work on my other languages before taking on a new one!
Sugarbellydj, have you studied any Scandinavian languages? I would imagine with your Dutch and German knowledge they'd be pretty quickly learned.
when i was 16 I spent 2 weeks in Denmark and I spent 95% of my time there socializing with locals. I hoped to pick up some Danish while i was there but I didn't because of what I call " the english curse ". Scandinavians learn english just like we belgians do... so we spoke english. When 2 people who speak a different language have a common second language they can use, they will.
That's too bad about not learning Danish while you were there. But, at least you got to communicate easily as a trade off. I'm sure it was a great experience. I've just started German on duolingo. I really like the way they approach it. They have very cleverly chosen the beginning vocabulary. There there seems to be a smart collection of important words that sound the same but mean different things right from the start.
Even though I think it's a little ambitious to pik up a language in two weeks I do understand your point. I am not sure about Danish people, I do know that Dutch people love to either practice their English language skills, show them off or both. If they hear someone with an accent they'll try to switch to English very fast. I have a couple of non Dutch speaking colleagues and this 'curse' you speak of makes it very difficult for them to learn Dutch. Even more so in Amsterdam than the rest of the country I think.
Dutch people have in the the past and shall in the future, learn many languages when they discover DuoLingo!! Due to that, we have become world travelers and economically and scientifically of some importance. For that reason we (the Dutch De Nederlander) feel everywhere at home on this globe. Now it is time that people discover The Netherlands and it's widespread language Dutch. So....give yourself a present:-) Thanks in advance!!
I am flamish ( belgian ) And i tray to speak en write in english . so i use duo lingo , from english to spanish ,but i do not onderstand everyting . I hope you do in de future a course from dutch to english , en from dutch to spanish to . Because here in flandres , people will study a lot of languages. I have a daughter ho is living in South Afrika , end one ho lives in Spain . So i tray to speak en write to my grand children . The world is my village !
@Mark-oh9: Waarom zou je Nederlands willen leren? (Why do you want to learn Dutch)?
Dutch is actually my native language. I don't think Dutch has priority for Duolingo. Maybe something in this list can help you:
I have accidentally started learning German. I wanted to learn Dutch first and then German. So, about a year ago I bought some Dutch study materials and have learned a little but not much as my methodologies for learning have been inefficient. I've actually done more passive learning, just listening to Dutch lessons and dialogues. Thanks to Duolingo being so addictive, I've started learning German first as my knowledge of German in just a few weeks is better than my Dutch. I will say that what I know of Dutch I can speak better than German, for now. I REALLY want Dutch lessons on Duolingo!!! Please!