I completed the Dutch tree!
I've been working on it since last September, and it's finally all gold! What a feeling...
Van harte gefeliciteerd met je gouden boom!
Je schreef in één van de commentaren "Ik lees Nederlands, maar ik spreek geen Nederlands."
Hier is de link naar een gratis cursus op internet "Introductie: Leren spreken in het Nederlands"
- Free online Introduction to Dutch MOOC
Registration is free via www.futurelearn.com/courses/dutch.
. 14 August - 4 September 2017
. 20 November - 11 December 2017
Hou het hij door de curses gekomen als hij geen Nederlands praten?
Zelf schrijven of praten is veel moeilijker, dan het vertalen of het spreken van Duolingo's zinnen.
Writing or talking yourself is much more difficult than translating or speaking Duolingo's sentences.
Gefeliciteerd, wat een prestatie zeg! Wat ben je van plan om met je nieuwe Nederlandse vaardigheden te doen? Wat leuke boeken lezen? Verder leren? Of misschien wel op vakantie gaan naar Nederland of België?
Trouwens, als je nog moeite heb met het Nederlands verstaan, kan ik je aanraden om even een bezoekje aan de website van de NPO te brengen; er moet wel een programma tussen staan dat je interessant vindt.
Would that be something close to "I speak Dutch"? "Ik spreek" looks very similar to German's "ich spreche", which means "I speak".
Actually the opposite -- "geen" is a negation. So it would translate as "I don't speak Dutch" or "I speak no Dutch."
Ik lees Nederlands, maar ik spreek geen Nederlands.
I understand. At least you can now form your own sentences and understand it to a certain degree. Speaking well can come later when you have practised speaking a lot.
Your last sentence also looks quite similar in German (ich lese Niederländisch, aber ich spreche kein Niederländisch).
I have no German, so I'll take your word for it. I'm one of those people who believe immersion is necessary to pick up speaking proficiency, so the next step in learning is going to have to wait until my next trip to Europe.
Absolutely! It mainly depends on the person and on what's best for said person. For some people, travelling isn't an option because of financial issues, so they have to make things work in a different way. Either way, I bet it is an incredible feeling when you're decent at speaking.
Immersion can improve your speaking proficiently a lot, but I don't think it is the only way. There are many language learners who can speak their target language well without even going to a country where that language is spoken. It's just a matter of mastering the pronunciation and making sure you think only in that language.
At the end of the day, practice is practice. It doesn't matter if you practise alone or with someone. The only advantage of practising with someone is that you can get instant feedback.
I've heard of cases where people have learned to speak without immersion, but it hasn't been my own experience. I needed to go to Mexico to learn Spanish and to France to learn French, though I was able to pick up the spoken part pretty quickly both times.