Dutch learning book/workbook advise needed!
Hi people of Duo world! I am new to Dutch, can I get some recommendations about learning books which could be used apart from Duo?;) Maybe some for grammar or some type of what is used in learning schools?
Any tip will be highly appreciated!
I can't recommend any books, but this site is excellent: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Grammar.DutchGrammar. Besides a wealth of grammar, there are also tabs for audio, downloads, book recommendations, and lots of other information. Check it out!
Some popular books are:
Hugo Dutch in 3 Months. It doesn't claim to get you fluent in 3 months; it has 12 chapters their plan involves doing one chapter per week spending around 8 hours each week. It will get you to a pretty solid level in Dutch, mostly at the beginner's level. This book is followed by Hugo Advanced Dutch.
Colloquial Dutch Colloquial Dutch 2. I'm waiting for my copies to arrive so I can't tell you anything from personal experience here. Its main focus is colloquial language.
De Delftse Methode. I recommend the online version or the apps, not the physical book copies. They have the same content, but the online version is more convenient as you can click on a word and see what it means. It is written in Dutch. If you have the physical book you'd be constantly opening a dictionary and wasting time. The quizzes are also graded immediately. The books are better suited for a classroom with a teacher. If you have the online version or app, you don't need CDs. It's built directly into the course. You have a button to record yourself and compare to a native speaker. I believe they still offer a free version of their app, but it has limited lessons. Its purpose is for you to see if you like the method or not.
Routledge Intensive Dutch. This is a very intensive book. I've completed a chapter of it. I do enjoy the content, but I think it's very intense for most people. It's meant to be used in the classroom, but you can use it for self-study if you have the time/dedication/patience. This course is used by UCL in their immersion Dutch classes. It is designed to take their students to a B2 level on the CEFR in one year. UCL offers a BA in Dutch.
You also have Teach Yourself Dutch, but I've never used that.
Another series is Nederlands in Actie(A2-B1), followed by Nederlands op Niveau (B1-B2) and Nederlands naar Perfectie (B2-C1). I have no experience with this book series.
Grammar books: Routledge has several grammar books: Basic Dutch Grammar and Workbook, Intermediate Dutch Grammar and Workbook, Dutch A Comprehensive Grammar, Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide, and Dutch An Essential Grammar.
You can find many more books on https://www.nt2.nl/en/
I know you said you have no experience with Nederlands in Actie, but do you think finishing the Duolingo tree and going into an A2 level book is a good idea? I'm just a little apprehensive about jumping in too fast. Thanks for the extensive suggestions!
If you've read the grammar notes and finished the tree in a meaningful way (I mean you didn't binge on 10 skills one day and never strengthed them back up/reviewed them) you should be around an A2 level. Duolingo courses generally get you around that area. Some people get a B1 with Duolingo (or, some say they have). The Dutch tree is currently one of the longest on Duolingo at 123 skills. With the new Dutch tree, you learn around 2,000-3,000 words (I know they added over a thousand new words with tree 2.0 but I don't know how many there were before). Whether you retain them or not depends on multiple factors (how good your memory is, how you studied them, did you review them, etc.). I would say you probably would be fine using an A2 course after Duolingo. :)
Wow, thank you for such a detail answer! It was actually my plan to finish Duo and start learning after something more!
I highly recommend "Dutch grammar book teach yourself". An example on https://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Dutch-Grammar-Gerdi/dp/0071419888
Dutch for English Speaking Expats is probably the best book that I have picked up and I have the following books:
Hugo Dutch in 3 Months De Delftse Methode Dutch for Self-study