Tips for learning Dutch
Hi, I just recently started to commit to Dutch, and am loving everything about it, especially the way it flows, sounds, and the words similar and identical to English. Does anyone have any tips for my future studies?
Since it is seldom obvious whether a noun is "de" or "het," learn the noun with its definite article. In other words, don't learn "hond" = "dog." Learn "de hond" = "the dog." You won't regret the (slightly) extra work.
This website helps a lot: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Grammar/DutchGrammar
Dutch prepositions can be very frustrating, reading Dutch is easy, understanding someone speaking Dutch is hard, etc.
Learning a new language can be very confusing, so don't give up! Always try to immerse yourself in the language and culture!!
Listen to Dutch songs. That will help you with your listening skills. Dutch pronunciation is rather odd, so try to get used to it. If you by any chance like metal, listen to "Heidevolk" If you like something really simple and cheerful, listen to Laura Omloop, it's childish, but it helped me quite a while ago ;)
From my experience with languages, I'd say that reading different types of texts is one of the most effective ways to learn a new language -- especially when you've reached a point where simple conversations are no longer too difficult. Reading is a huuuge help especially with tenses since you get more familiar with them. It also helps you to create that sprachgefühl, "language ear" (the intuition that tells you the structure of the language; for example, in English when to use the preposition "in" and when to use "on").
Children's books are a great way to start reading in a foreign language. Words are simple, chapters (if there are any) are short and you learn words that are actually used in everyday conversations. If you're living in a bigger city, probably your local library has some children's book in Dutch. If not, you can always use Google!
Wattpad (https://www.wattpad.com/) is a website (it also has an app) where amateur writers all around the world can share their stories with people who love to read. If you like creative writing, even you can create an account and start writing your story! You can change the language settings so that Wattpad finds you stories in Dutch. There are different categories from which you can choose stories that interest you the most. In the "short stories" section there are a bit shorter stories that might suit better for the language learners. I just finished reading "Kies" by EXPLOSIVEPANDA. (And highly recommend "Kies".)
I've also read some children's news from http://www.kidsweek.nl/.
Use Quizlet, Memrise or Duolingo's Tinycards to remember vocabulary. Those are all for flashcard-type learning. Whenever you encounter a new word, put it in Quizlet/Memrise/Tinycards and spend 5-10 minutes a day revising your vocabulary.
Also, when you're reading, read aloud. C: