What language should I learn Dutch or German first?
Hello I am Yuv. I have a question. I am Indian and i was wondering what language to learn that will be easier to me. I don't mind if you answer the question and are not Indian. Just for the information I speak Hindi. I am interested into Germanic languages at the minute I am learning Esperanto for fun and I have found it is similar to Dutch and German a bit. I was just interested to know what language should i learn first Dutch or German.
Learn the one that interests you the most.
I see you are already doing Spanish, Esperanto, and French. If you learn a lot of languages at once, your progress in each of them will be slower than if you focus on one at a time. Some people do what is called "laddering". This is where you learn Spanish to a reasonably good level: B1 or so. Then you learn "French for Spanish speakers". Then maybe "German for French speakers" and so on. Keep learning new languages from your older learned languages. That way your study time actually helps you improve in two languages instead of just one.
German is much more useful.
Dutch is much easier.
It all depends on you and which one you have more interest in learning. :)
You can pick Dutch first if you want to start off easier, but I'd pick German first instead. It's more useful and it'll make learning Dutch a piece of cake! :D
hi yuv. I hope u r good.and thats a really good decision.well I am learning spanish and French and Portuguese but I have started them already so I am not really good at them.and about your question I THINK German is harder than dutch. I just think u should start dutch first but if u like German more so just do it.this is just my opinion.have fun with studying any language dutch or German.
Both are very alike vocabulary-and phrasing-wise. The biggest difference is the grammar; German grammar is quite a bit more complicated than Dutch grammar since it uses cases whereas Dutch does not. Both languages will provide an almost equal base in terms of vocabulary and phrasing if you want to learn other Germanic languages (and especially the other one as they are very similar). It's up to you to choose which one you like to try out. Much luck learning!
-source: native dutch speaker and learned German in school
I spoke to a woman of Dutch heritage from Minnesota years ago who said that when she wanted to study Dutch in college, she had to take a few years of German first. Obviously, you need to do what works best for you, but it seems to me that getting the more difficult language mastered first will be more profitable in the long run. As linguist Barry Farber has said, you get to cash in on 40% of either language's lexicon either way. All the best to you.