https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

If possible, I need your help please!

Does anyone have tips for learning Dutch? I just started the course and I am worried about my success with this new language.

I am learning the language because of heritage. I have ancestors who spoke Dutch.

Thanks! Jmoney

7 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/la_ricfoi

That is a very broad question. Hmmm... tips?

  • Don't be worried before you give it a try.
  • Check the grammar overview
  • Search the Dutch subforums for additional information.
  • Google and/or ask what you cannot find in the forums. There are several of us native speakers around to help.
  • Enjoy the learning experience and keep a steady daily pace but don't overexert yourself.

Good luck, have fun.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_BilingualVader_

Dutch recommendations... I guess there isn't much to say. Just practice often, pay attention to what you see, and don't forget to ask questions. Making posts on confusing sentences including your question(s) may help.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Thanks a lot, Vader!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

I'd highly recommend Peppa Pig Nederlands on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwNR9UNtcgzmRmNewxjsbmg). They upload often and even livestream. I've learned quiet a bit and it's great for listening practice.

I'd also go on HelloTalk or an equivalent app as you'll be able to make Dutch friends and it'll help a lot. I've learned so much from being able to ask questions about something being said in Peppa Pig, or asking them to pronounce something, and just having conversations in Dutch.

There's quiet a lot of people here who really dislike Dutch for some reason and will attempt to discourage you from learning. They think whatever language they're learning is somehow superior. I see this especially with German learners and just don't let it bring you down. My thing is, I'm already a native English speaker. I don't NEED to learn another language. It doesn't matter how many speakers a language has or how many places it's spoken. Just have fun with it.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Okay, thank you. I'll look at those and not get discouraged. :-)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diego02lingo
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I'm also enjoying studying Dutch. It's a good language!

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Get exposure early on and remember that on the internet we Dutch people generally adress people with 'je/jij' (informal), not 'u' (formal). Also, all dimunitive nouns are 'het' words (don't worry too much about it, just know that if it ends in -je, you probably need to use 'het').

A kids' series you could check out is 'Alfred J Kwak'. It's a cartoon that's actually pretty mature for a kid's show. As you've just started learning, it's probably way above your level, but just try listening and see what you can pick up.

Related to the theme of getting exposure: start listening to music. It can be anything, as long as it's Dutch. Whether it's Disney music, Dutch hip-hop/rap or pop, or even folk metal (Heidevolk). Just listen. Songs are a very good way to get comfortable with your language and with a bit of luck and some google-fu you can often find a translation. Don't just limit yourself to music from the Netherlands, in standard Dutch from the Netherlands. Try to find some Belgian stuff too, it will be good for your listening comprehension as Belgian and Netherlandic Dutch are kinda like British and American English or European and Latin-American Spanish. It's the same language and speakers can generally understand one-another, but the variations are very different in certain aspects such as pronuncation and certain words.

Dpn't get discoutraged if we tell you that Dutch is a very, very hard and quite useless language and you're better off learning German or something. Dutch isn't really a big language worldwide and for many it's still weird that people actually want to learn the language spoken in our tiny part of the world. We don't want to discourage people, it's just a shock-reaction to something we consider 'not normal' (we're pretty big on 'acting normal' here). But don't think Dutch will be a piece of cake, while it is officially 'easy' for English sp[eakers to learn, Dutch actually contains sounds and grammar that English doesn't have. But if you decide to stick to learning Dutch, you'll find it to be quite rewarding in the end. Dutch can really open the doors to many other Germanic languages (and you'll even get a nice starting boost if you ever want to learn Indonesian). Also: we are everywhere. On the internet, on the streets, in the wilderness with our campers... Perhaps you'll even find some Dutch people in your hometown! (no seriously, most really like to travel, so we just kinda show up everywhere).

Also, the Netherlands and Dutch culture is way more than just Amsterdam, Holland and windmills, so if you ever wnat to come visit, remember to go beyond the usual tourist traps.

I hope this helped. Veel succes met Nederlands leren! (Good luck with learning Dutch!)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Thank you, this is really useful!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/acosmos
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Particularly I do Duolingo + Memrise everyday. I've tried Tinycards too but it's not for me. I also study the free exercises in colanguage.com, they have grammar lessons as well and I like to copy them old style, writing manually on a copybook.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SerendipityAnand

Okay, thanks, acosmos

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/H_Butler
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Clozemaster has helped me a lot with listening!

Also, I just recently visited Amsterdam, and it's absolutely true that if you immerse yourself, you'll learn even faster! I learned a lot from making mistakes at cafes and restaurants.

If you can't visit a Dutch-speaking place, definitely try a site like iTalki to practice with a native Dutch-speaker. The great thing about speaking with native speakers is that they can help you speak more naturally. (I noticed that people were often confused when I tried to use my Duolingo sentences with them, probably because I'm not very far along)

Also, I 100% endorse the Peppa Pig in dutch suggestion. I watch a little bit everyday, and every day I understand a little more!

Veel success!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sllewell2
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Hmm. Study German first? Dutch is supposed to be easy to learn if you already know English, and German makes it even easier.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FredGold

i wouldn't recommend it...german is far more complicated than dutch

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sirIesdor

That last word isn’t Dutch...

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/George--Smith

It can be tempting just to use online material, since it's easier to access, but if you're determined for fluency it's definitely worth the extra effort of finding and attending physical Dutch classes if you can

7 months ago
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