https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Watch me practice Dutch -Feedback needed

I don't have anyone to talk to where I live, in Dutch, and was wondering if anyone can give me tips on how I am doing or pronouncing.

This is not spam - and hope it may promote DuoLingo.

If interested my videos are here:

(Edit)****My Chanel videos to gauge my progress (to see newest vids):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJxs2sWmoXLz05xkNHhB_A

If link doesn't work search "Redneck Learns Dutch" in YouTube.

I will do a weekly progression If this is against terms to link a YouTube video, then please delete this post.

Thanks

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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For someone who's only studied Dutch for a week and a half, you're doing pretty well! And to record yourself speaking Dutch and posting the video publicly for comments/advice, that's pretty impressive. I can definitely hear your southern accent when you speak Dutch, but that's okay at this point in time. With words like "gordijn" and "tapijt" I noticed you emphasized the wrong sylable. Instead of GORdijn and TAPijt, the emphasis should be on -dijn and -ijt, so gorDIJN (similar to 'dine') and tapIJT (rhymes with light). Also, for most American English speakers it will take some time to replicate the Dutch "g" which can sound very guttural. Other than that, keep doing what you're doing. Repetition is key to developing a more natural-sounding Dutch accent.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/weerwater
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One detail to add perhaps: the correct way to split the words into syllables would be gor-dijn and ta-pijt.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

I will try to remember! Thanks!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Thanks soon much!! Makes me want to keep posting!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Such a nice reply, was scared at first to post vids :)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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Not bad for just 12 days of learning the biggest problem you have is pronouncing ij and ei oe but that is ok

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

I was power leveling so, will try harder :) I never had the A E I O U lesson yet in Dutch. I did order some kids books on ebay:)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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If you're interested, here's a decent website for hearing (and practising) a lot of the sounds used in Dutch: https://www.heardutchhere.net/lesson1.html.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Nice, I messaged myself the link and will watch on break at work!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Ohh yea, I woke up a times with an enlarged tonsil I think from vibrating my Gs so much! I thought I was sick but I didn't feel sick. Then I remembered it started when I started Dutch :) Have you heard of such a thing?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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First of all: don't be insecure about your accent. It really seems to be bothering you. Really, it's fine. It does shine through, but not at all times.

Like Dutchesse said, you seem to be putting the emphasis on the wrong part of tapijt and gordijn. However, for someone who has been learning Dutch for less than two weeks, your progress is amazing!

Your strategy to always pronounce the sentences is a very good strategy. If you have trouble with a sentence (or certain words) take the time and keep hovering over the word and trying to imitate the pronuncation so you can really absorb the word. If the robot voice isn't doing it for you, I'd suggest heading over to forvo (link below). There you can find native speakers pronouncing words.

Also, his post might help you with pronuncation.

Good luck with learning Dutch and a big thumbs up (and some lingots) for sharing your progress.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Nice - I appreciate it! I messaged both your links to my text and will read them at work. I am not too worried about the accent thing though, more was curious even heard a Southern US Accent speaking Dutch, and what it sounds like.

So far, impressed how nice Dutch are, as well as DuoLingo. It is part of the reason I picked Dutch. I was either going to go Dutch or German. I think I made the right choice, sorry German people, please don't take offence :)

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WARNING: wall of text. (TLDR at the end)

I just watched your vid on Health 1 and I have to say: your pronuncation of 'is' has become way more natural! It sounds quite Dutch. However, 'heeft' at some times sounds more like 'hebt' (correct verb, wrong conjugation). Try pronouncing 'ee' like the 'a' in 'age', but shorter. This is how it's pronounced in most cases.

'welk virus hebben zij' was pronounced quite well, especially considering you didn't have any audio for that sentence. Thumbs up!

With 'welke operatie' I noticed you tended to leave the 'e' at the end of 'welke' silent. The 'e' at the end of words is pronounced in Dutch, so remember to pronounce it. ;)

'ik eet nooit vis, want ik ben er allergisch voor' seems to have been a bit tough, but you managed it very well. A good thing to remember with the word 'allergisch' (and other words ending in 'sch') is that in that case 'sch' is pronounced like 's'. So: Den Bosch (a city, also called 's-Hertogenbosch)' = pronounced like: den Bos, for example. In the beginning of a word, however, it's very gutteral. Around 9:50 allergisch sounded really good. Speaking of gutteral sounds: your g sounds pretty good!

'Patiƫnten' was said right. The nice thing about words ending in -en (in most cases), is that you don't have to pronounce the -n (or the -e, but that depends on the region and dialect. Not pronouncing the -n is more common though). Just pronounce the -en like you feel is best. 'de patiƫnten hebben koorts' was pronounced really well at your last attempt, keep it up!

Alright, as you wanted some info about the Dutch 'g'. There are some things you need to know. When talking about the G in Dutch, we tend to talk about a soft (zachte) G and a harsh (harde) G. The soft G is typical for Flanders and the Southern parts of the Netherlands and the harsh one is typical for the Netherlands (except for the Southern parts of course). The g is always pronounced at the beginning of words, it also makes the same sound as 'ch'. Though ch can be pronounced in other ways too (like for example: China)

TLDR: you're making great progress. Your pronuncation needs a little bit of help sometimes, but it is very impressive for someone who started from zero just a short time ago. Keep it up!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Wow thanks, feels good at least that I am pronouncing some right! I will watch that video tonight on different countries accents. Problem is that I have no one to talk to :) Thank you for the input!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arniiii

We here in the Netherlands have a scottish neighbour in our street. He's been here, speaking dutch, for over 30 years and has nearly the same accent speaking dutch as you have right now. So don't worry about the southern touch to your sentences, sir! We understand him just fine.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Good I was wondering that!! So I sound "A wee bit Scottish" then! "They may take our lives but they will never take our FREEDOM!"

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arniiii

In terms of pronouncing certain letters: saying the letter 'g' correctly is extremely vital but hard for basically every other person in this world.

I might have a fairly strange method for you to learn this:

Imagine the first sound when you occasionally spit: gghuuaaa-tfuh That first short noise you make when spitting, the ggh, is how we say our 'G', without exceptions. Just make sure not to overdo it ;)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RedneckLearning

Thanks I will try that :)

3 months ago
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