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Is Dutch fun?

Hi everyone, I'm not sure if I should learn Dutch because I'm already full on languages as u can see! My friends keep telling me that "Oh this language is nice and No this one is! Or This one is way better and I like them but I need some advice whether or not to learn it! PLZ help!

4 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin
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I think Dutch is fun and I think it is a good idea to learn another Germanic language as an English speaker to see what English might be like if it there had been no Norman Conquest.

4 months ago

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Still, there is no need to learn too many languages at once if you're unsure about it.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Grinsekotze
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Says the guy who has Dutch, Norwegian, French, Swedish and Chinese over level 15 ;)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martha701531

I think if you are really serious about learning a language, learning one at a time is probably best. I dont know if I could even keep them all straight if I were trying to learn 4 at once like you are doing now.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chistopher580771

I’m enjoying learning Dutch a lot but it is a relatively long course. Esperanto is a constructed language made to be easy to learn and has an awesome community for practicing, otherwise any language that interests you is the best bet.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrii763207

Of course Dutch is fun!

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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No, not at all! If I were you, I wouldn't bother learning it. :)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chistopher580771

:(

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pr4nkst3rb0y

:(

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShotgunJohnny99
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Why? And why are you learning it then?

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceReeves
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I think she was making a joke.

4 months ago

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She is a native speaker of Dutch and probably did the reverse tree for English practice.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PokemonDreamer

Cause my friend told me to.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PokemonDreamer

Ok Thanks Semeltin!

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrii763207

No doubts

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pr4nkst3rb0y

I'm learning Dutch right now, and i have to say that learning this language is just the same as any other language. If you learn this language, it will also make it easier to learn German, since the languages are similar. But it is up to you to choose, not your friends.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PokemonDreamer

Okay THX! I might give you a lingot. You're right. My friends don't have to choose for me, I do!

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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I don't agree with your first sentence pr4nkst3rb0y.

I would advise you to keep on learning more and find out that Dutch (as is every language I know) is not just "the same as any other language". Every language has its peculiarities, specific ways of saying things, cultural ties, expressions, things that set it apart from other languages.

Because of being able to properly communicate with people and really learning things about the culture it's worth learning languages. But also all of the specific ways languages work and are different make it worth investing time I think.

  • De kat drinkt melk = The cat drinks milk…this is not that interesting if you ask me
  • Ik zou maar eens even beginnen met uit je doppen te kijken = hmmm yes it can be translated into English, but you always need to make some concession in terms of connotation, how close does the translation stay to the explicit meaning, or the implicit meaning…this is what makes languages interesting and not "just the same as any other language".
4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EuropeanBas

Het is leuk

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EuropeanDude

Personally, I can only keep up with two languages (three if you count English) at a time but that shouldn't discourage anyone ;)

Dutch was definitely the most fun language yet and its pretty simple. If you're planning on learning German at some point I would also recommend it. It's basically a "beginner German" course

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandpiper270

I am enjoying learning Dutch, the exercises are meant to be fun. I don't think there is much need for learning it. From what I read, most people who speak Dutch also speak english. I am doing it just for fun. It is not very difficult. I looked at the other languages you are learning, and I don't see that you would get mixed up. I would have trouble learning German or a Scandanavian language at the same time, but no a romance language or asian language.

I personally don't like the Chinese course on this site because of the need to learn characters. Vietnamese is a similar language, although the words don't overlap. I have tried it some here, and it works well if you get a Vietnamese keyboard setup working.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Savage-Wolf

i wouldn't call it exactly fun,but it is hard in the beginning but is makes more sense when you do it for a while

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucasReiRa
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In my opinion, I always look for a motivation to learn a language. In the cause of Dutch, it's because I'm staying in Belgium for some days in some months. I might learn some German afterwards because I want to understand some classical lyrics... and so on. That what I find fun about languages! When you have some practice and if you have the chance to be in contact with the language, learning comes naturally. That happened to me with French, for instance.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcWielaart

Dutch is really easy to begin with for an English speaker. I recommend it! And I can always learn you some things ofc. Im a native speaker

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JekyllNHyde

It's fun when my girlfriend moans it to me in bed ;)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshBaxter4
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It is deceptively hard. You start off thinking it's really easy because the vocab is like German only closer to English and it is less inflected, but then the complex sentences start with the op and the aan and the om. All these particles all over the place. It's too much like English. And the word order... It's not so much when it goes verb subject rest of sentence, I think I got that now, but when it goes subject rest of sentence verb due to being a clause.

But it always makes me think of the skit from the Geography Now episode on the DRC when contemplating why that former Belgian colony speaks French and not Dutch.

"Why won't anyone speak Dutch?" "Because everytime we try to talk to you in Dutch you always respond in English."

Cracked me up.

4 months ago

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Its easy to learn its not as big as many other languages unfortunately so there is not as much material around but its worth it if you want to watch a dutch tv show or if you want to go to Belgium or the Netherlands

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceReeves
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I love Dutch, but I'm kind of of a mind that you can never have TOO MANY languages. The more the merrier. Join us! :-D

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PokemonDreamer

Uh...no thx!

4 months ago

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4 months ago