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What's the best Germanic gateway language?

Would it be German or Dutch or something else?

Ignore English since we're already speaking it.

September 19, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor

I don't think there is an easy answer. Dutch will give you easier access to German, but a lot less useful for Scandinavian languages. For those, Norwegian is probably the best gateway language. It's probably easier to list those who are not good gateway languages when coming from English: German, Icelandic (bother because of grammar), and Danish (pronunciation).

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vlankton

dutch imo

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

I would say Dutch.

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EpicRuler1414

Dutch

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Just what does "gateway language" mean? Is it one that is a related language and most easily accessible of a group, or one that has much material about (possibly) unrelated languages to use for study? Or a tertium quid :) ?

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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German. Every other Germanic language will feel so much easier afterwards in comparison (maybe with the exception of Icelandic and Faroese)!

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

What do you mean by gateway? I interpret it as a language used to learn another language (which is what I'm doing with Russian).

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

Being Belgian, at school I learned both Dutch (2nd language) and, later, German (4th language).

Dutch was far more easier than German (no declinaisons) and of very great help to learn German : neutral words (het) remain neutral (das), structure of the phrase is similar, verbs with particles work the same way, etc.. all without being ennoyed by those "der-den-dem-das" tables.

Most Dutch people -at least those living in a 50km wide strip along the border- learn easily and speak fluently German, while the opposite is not true. Not because Dutch is more difficult but because it is perceived as a less usefull language.

September 19, 2017
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