Dutch learning resources/tools (Flemish Dutch too!)
I have started to get more serious about my Dutch learning and have started using/looking for other resources to compliment my duolingo learning.
What other sources have you used to learn the language?
Do you know of any sources that may help to learn Flemish Dutch? More specifically East Flemish or Ghent dialect?
I found the best way of learning (outside of computer apps) is to read books - start with children's books and progress to easy fiction. My go-to is any translation of Agatha Christie books. Many lending libraries have multiple language selections, especially in the children's department or offer a service where they can bring in books for you. For me, the ability to follow a story and guessing the meaning of unfamiliar words by the surrounding context is a challenge that keeps me interested, rather than just learning vocabulary or phrases.
https://www.cambiumned.nl/oefenen/ - Practise your grammar
https://www.onlinebibliotheek.nl/ - Dutch library
https://oefenen.nl/programma/soort/taal - practise your grammar
https://wikikids.nl/ - Dutch wikipedia for kids( useful and easy to understand)
http://www.vandale.nl/ - Dictionary
http://www.gratispdf.nl/category/romans/ - Free books
http://www.nederlandsetaaltest.nl/ - Test your grammar
I can't recommend this enough:
If you're level 10 then most of the first few hundred words should be familiar, but just having the option to Review them individually is a great help
I also recommend using the app instead of the website, although you can't add the course from the app it will sync over
I agree with the idea of reading books in your target language. I like to get audiobooks, too, to hear good pronunciation (and because I, personally, learn more easily this way, but that's very subjective). You can also always look for dubbed movies on netflix and youtube, although adult movies don't get dubbed into Dutch much.
If you're interested in Belgium, maybe you know/will like these: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=de+avonturen+van+kuifje (the voice actors listed for the dub on wikipedia are also all Flemish)
Since language learning resources usually aim to teach you a widely used standard dialect, the best way to learn anything else is to spend time in the region whose dialect you want to learn. Or try and find a teacher or tandem partner from there.
If you are someone that benefits from some structure when learning, I suggest complementing Duolingo with a grammar/workbook to help internalize the rules and structure of the language.
I've been using "Basic dutch: A grammar and workbook" by Jenneke Oosterhoff and I really like it. (https://www.amazon.com/Basic-Dutch-Grammar-Workbook- Workbooks/dp/0415774438)
I like Babbel (I'm using Babbel, Duolingo and Memrise. you can also get a lot of stuff on youtube - kids stories with subtitles etc.
Babbel has grammar lessons and timed revision - I have far fewer words on that app because its about how you use the words not just the vocab Memrise is a great vocab builder but has very little grammar in the basic courses - but it will drill you mercilessly