Word Order In Dutch
I have been on Duolingo for one month now I have always only ever spoken English. I am now looking at relocating my family to The Netherlands (my grandparents were Dutch Jews and escaped before WW2). I also have family still there.
I have been trying my hardest to learn Dutch and am struggling particularly with word order and to some degree with the Niet and Geen.
The biggest problem that I have is confusing Afrikaans with Dutch having been raised in Africa. (As I discovered when I visited Then Netherlands to see my brother I was assured by people back home that if I speak Afrikaans it is exactly like Dutch... I was wrong. One polite person informed me it was the equivalent to me speaking Shakespearean English to a Cockney)
I would also like to know where can I go to hear Dutch being spoken - like a Dutch sitcom or class room lesson ect - this should help me unlearn Afrikaans - I think? Additionally anyone has any sights that can help me with word order I would be very grateful - and any advice?
Thank you soooooooo much the Roald Dahl sight was very helpful thank you weerwater :)
Hi ArthurByro, maybe listening to Dutch radiostations can help you (although I think there is a lot of English words spoken on Dutch radio). You can find several if you use this address: https://www.radiozenders.fm/radionl . Hearing Dutch being actually used might do the same for you as hearing Russian radio does for me: helping me understanding the real-life language! Good luck; great you study Dutch!
I am also learning Dutch atm. Word order can get extremely complicated in Dutch. Same case with the asian languages such as japanese and korean.
Sorry I didn't mean to offend anybody but for me and my family we associated people who spoke Afrikaans with the old government of South Africa (unjustly so - quite a few were against it as I discovered as a child after 1995). Also the word order is very different. Afrikaans has not just Dutch influence but German Russian and French. I doubt it would survive as a language much longer too with the mass migration happening in South Africa.