Barely making any progress
Hi! I've been learning Dutch since July 2014, I've been using Duolingo, of course, but also other sources that would help me learn the language. BUT I see that I didn't go really far. I mean I know the basics well, I can understand a little when I read/hear someone speak Dutch, but I can't speak myself. I find it really problematic to make sentences. I am feeling really down because of my inability to speak. I see those people who are making huge progress after few months/year and here I am, 3 years of learning and knowing really little. Ant tips?
Something that I have done is watched Dutch TV. My favourite shows are Rundfunk, Penoza, and Zondag met Lubach. Start out with Dutch subtitles, and then turn them off the more comfortable you get with it. For shows like Zondag met Lubach, you can rewatch clips or episodes and start to pick up on more and more the more times you watch an episode. Your pronunciation will make leaps and bounds, and it will get you more used to hearing how Dutch is actually spoken.
Maybe you need to make an account on https://www.speaky.com and we can talk together because I'm Dutch xD And it isn't really a problem that youre progress is very slow. It can also mean that you are learning in the wrong way (Everybody is different, and maybe this is not working for you??) But I really don't know..
You can already understand and read a little. Maybe just try to speak to yourself. For example: If you can read that sentence, just, try to read out loud! Find some speaking courses. And again, I really don't know anymore.. I also don't know youre age, So I don't know if youre old enough to visit The Netherlands and learn things :)
You can also subscribe some fun or interesting Dutch youtubers. Or some Dutch TV. Write a story and read it out loud, listen to Dutch music and translate it (Maybe try sing it in Dutch xD) You can do so many things!
Never heard of the website, but I just checked it and I'm going to make an account, I'd love to talk! I'm 17, so I'm not old enough to travel by myself yet, but I plan on going to the Netherlands next summer. Any recommendations for songs and youtubers? and thanks a lot for your advice!
Cool! Also I don't know which music you like and kinds of youtubers you watch. So it's kinda hard to recommend something right now xD
As for music, I don't have any preferences and as for youtubers, well, anyone who's got a sense of humor xD
Music: (Singers, The ones who are populair right now and singing Dutch)
Rap/Pop: Lil kleine, Boef, Kraantje pappie,
Nederpop: Marco Borsato, Guus Meeuwis, Jan smit,
Pop: Teske de schepper (Who is also a youtuber) I just couldn't think of more xD
Youtubers I watch: TIES, Gio, Onnedi,
Beauty: Beautygloss, Very Camilla, Lifesplash,
Blog: Meisjedjamila, Teske de schepper, Onnedi,
Blog/Vlog/Humor: TIES, Dylanheagens, Gio, StukTv
Haha I hoped it helps you, but there is one thing: Most of the youtubers are more for 12-15 year olds so I don't know you like this ;D
"Het is een nacht" is the only good Dutch song I've ever been able to find! Heb u suggesties?
I've been listening to Dutch rap which although is a lot harder to understand at first after awhile and a quick look at the lyrics it becomes way easier to understand.
Quick correction, I believe it should be either: Hebt/Heeft u
I know it's heb jij/je, but I always have an internal struggle with which conjugation of hebben to use for u as a subject, hehe.
Both are correct. I learned to say Heeft u until I was told by my French teacher in high school (this is many years ago) that you're supposed to say Hebt u. It seems I use heeft u when I speak Dutch and hebt u when I write Dutch. Here's more on it from Onze Taal: https://onzetaal.nl/taaladvies/u-hebt-heeft.
I would say Doe Maar, but they were very popular in the 80's, you probably don't want to listen to music that old. :)
I actually love old music. Today's pop is not my taste, and the eighties were amazing for music, hehe. =) I'll be sure to give them a look!
Geweldig! The 80's were my coming of age years (I'm that old). Doe Maar (which means something like Just Do It), was immensely popular during the early 80's and I was totally into them. Their music is mixture of reggea, ska, and pop. Here you can listen to an intro of their most popular songs: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/doe-maar-de-singles-het-complete-singles-overzicht/id286549263.
There are so many kinds of Dutch music. I don't really know which music you like.. Het is een nacht is a song by Guus Meeuwis. Maybe find some more songs he is singing? Also don't forget: ''u'' is Formal and ''Je'' Informal :D
I know that u is formal. I've been taught that it's proper to use formality when you are strangers. =)
Ja, een paar!
Een Oceann by Raccoon is beautiful, and I think similar in genre to Het Is Een Nacht'. I also recommend songs by Nick en Simon; they have quite a few nice ones. Beeld Zonder Geluid by Hansen Tomas and Geef Mij Nu Je Angst by Guus Meeuwis are also good.
Try "Wij slapen aan de lopende band." Just type in the word in Google search.
I suggest watching shows in your native language with Dutch subtitles or vice versa. Great Dutch and Flemish movies to watch are Zwartboek, Spoorloos, Flodder, Daens and The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Also listening to Dutch songs can help you a lot. Doe Maar, Spinvis and Raymond van het Groenewoud are great!