https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Finally conquered the Dutch tree!

After so long, I've finally finished the Dutch tree! I remember when I first started and I thought I'd never be able to do it, but I did! There were many frustrating times, and people on the forums discouraging me and others from learning Dutch but I'm so glad I kept at it.

Now to get the tree gold and maybe start another language!

May 14, 2019

66 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ella227254

Congratulations! I'm sure you've worked hard!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thank you :)

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Darius568602

The Dutch tree is not a short one, either! Well done!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Z5bwzfpS

u gave me a push

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

I’m glad to hear that! Keep it up!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sharonbira

Hi congratulations, how long did you take to finish the Dutch tree? I am on mi 323 day and I am at level 18, sometimes looks almost impossible. Thanks

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LittlemissLia

Good work, I’m sure that took a lot of time and effort!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adrianxu_

And how is your level of dutch now after finalizing? (Congrats!)

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thank you! I’d say I’m at a high A2/low B1 level, but I also use memrise, Anki, watch shows, etc. Duolingo definitely gave me a strong foundation to build from!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Adrianxu_

Thanks for the reply :)

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/YusufHassa596688

Pretty cool man! Tell me is Dutch hard? I want to learn

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

I think it’s definitely a mixed bag. It’s pretty straightforward at the beginning which helped me get hooked because I saw myself making a lot of progress. There are some things that genuinely took me a few days to wrap my head around, but I think every language has stuff like that and I got through it. One of the biggest challenges after Duolingo is trying to remember all the sayings that are used in Dutch. They love to use a lot of expressions.

It’s definitely a wonderful, cute language and I’d highly recommend it. :)

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/torisha-ri

Congrats! I'm finding the Dutch tree really difficult around half way though but I'll keep trying! Thanks for the motivation.

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thanks! Keep at it, you can do it! Think about how great it’ll be to know Dutch!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Blazerol

Congrats! I am also making my way down the Dutch tree :) I hit 100 crowns today.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Hey congrats! Keep up the good work!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TroyDoby

Congratulations! I'm almost done with the German tree and working on the Dutch tree. Been really working on the Portuguese tree and should get back to the French tree. Wish they would go beyond 25. Becomes kind of a disincentive when they stop there.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eros_JR

I hope you're doing well with all your trees. I'm brazilian and I'm delighted every time someone makes an effort to speak Portuguese

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TroyDoby

I worked on a project in Brazil for about 2 years and enjoyed my time there. This was 10 years ago and I was only able to pick up bits and pieces so doing it systematically is great.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/countrymou1

Congratulations! You are an inspiration to all of us who are tackling something new!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Gea71

Wat goed! Gefeliciteerd!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KARIN45064

Gefeliciteerd, goed bezig! Kom je nu ook op vakantie naar Nederland om de taal te spreken?

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Ja hoor! Dat zou ik heel leuk vinden :) bijna één jaar geleden bezocht ik Nederland maar dan was mijn Nederlands niet zo geavanceerd als nu. Sinds ik klaar ben met de Nederlandse cursus wil ik echt naar Nederland, België en zelfs Suriname!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KARIN45064

Leuk!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BlueFox098

Hope to achieve that as well. I moved here in the Netherlands to study and after quite the time I decided I want to learn Dutch asap!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eros_JR

Congratulation on moving into the Netherlands!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

Gefeliciteerd en veel plezier ermee!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KurtThornb

Why don't you try a Scandinavian language? Or German? Or maybe play with a few at the same time?

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Capriquarian

Awesome! And yes, Dutch is a super hard language, you did a good job. :)

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/emak02

Gefeliciteerd met het voltooien van de Nederlandse boom!

Ik zie dat je een Nederlandstalige gebruikersnaam hebt. Zou je me willen vertellen ❤❤❤ je hem hebt bedacht als je het niet erg vindt? Daar ben ik wel nieuwsgierig naar namelijk :)

Succes met al je andere talen hier op DL!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Dankuwel! In al mijn videogames speel Ik alleen als genezing personages (Ik denk dat dat juist is), dus mijn gebruikersnaam op elke website is, in één of andere vorm, compassion. Ik hou van genezen!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Judy_Blue_Eyes

Gefeliciteerd!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Dankjewel!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GoedeHoop

Congratulations!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thank you!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob124495

Congratulations!

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thea210

Van harte gefeliciteerd. Op naar goud :), succes ermee.

May 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Dankuwel :)

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/xGeorgee

Great job! Hopefully one day I will finish my Dutch tree!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

You can do it! Keep it up!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicOrlandini

Good job. Can I ask how difficult you found it to be? I've heard many people say Dutch is the easiest language for English speakers, would you say you made fairly fast progress compared to other languages?

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Thank you! I would say that there are a few languages that are easier for English speakers. In my opinion, Spanish, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Esperanto and Swedish are easier for English speakers but it’s extremely difficult to become advanced in any language. It’s not the hardest out there for sure, but trust me it’s not a walk in the park like some would have you believe.

It’s really easy to start because on the very first lessons, the words are very similar to English and the word order is the same. It gets exponentially harder though. There are so many weird exceptions and quirks with the grammar, it’s not straightforward at all. I’d definitely recommend it though, it’s a really great language.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicOrlandini

Thanks for the reply, I may look into investing time into Dutch. Congratulations again.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/doctortrax

It depends on what your other language skills are. The language is like a blend of English, German and Swedish (with a bit of Norwegian pronunciation), so to me - a Swedish native living in the UK who is also learning German (and knew a little bit beforehand) - it's relatively easy, but I haven't made it all the way through yet so it might get a lot more difficult. (I'm only about half-way between checkpoint 3 and 4, but I took a break from Dutch and went through the entire German tree before the crowns were introduced, and when I went back to Dutch I had to kind of go back from the start, so I'm only now beginning to approach checkpoint 3 again.)

It's funny, because there are are words that look the same as another language, but sound very different - like "fruit" (fruit) - and words that look completely different but when you hear them said they sound like a words you know - like "vrouw" (woman), which sounds similar to the German word "Frau". And words that look/sound similar and then mean something completely different than what you expect - like "tapijt" (rug/carpet) which I keep have to remind myself doesn't mean wallpaper ("tapet" in Swedish), haha!

Dutch is fun, it's very useful if you go travelling in the Netherlands or parts of Belgium, as you'll then be able to read what signs say which comes in handy if you're driving, and in the rare occasion of coming across a Dutch person who isn't confident understanding/speaking English.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/David18383

Geweldig! Het is echt een prestatie dat je Nederlands kan lezen en spreken. Also because we merge a lot of words into 1 word and this is very annoying for English speakers. Goed gedaan! En succes verder..

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mededogen

Dankjewel :)

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lory141987

Gefeliciteerd! :)

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/nyoko292

Heel erg knap gedaan! Nederlands is moeilijk om te leren. There is so many vague grammar stuff to learn. In Holland we call a part of them 'weetwoorden', much to memorise...

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rockyroad62

Nice one!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jude442419

Gefeliciteerd, goed gedaan!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Waxmanja

Congrats! I’m inspired!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/pedaalemmer

Van harte gefeliciteerd! It's sad to hear you were discouraged by others but I guess it's even more an achievement now!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/-Hodge-

Goed gedaan!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Beachyee

Congrats! Sounds like a lot of hard work, that really paid off. I really hope to conquer the German tree someday, and you've really inspired me!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/doctortrax

Gefeliciteerd! :D

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Eros_JR

Congratulations! I'm working on Dutch as well.

By the way, I saw you sprinting through the gold league!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/debby183594

Van harte gefeliciteerd. Het is een erg moeilijke taal om te leren. Als je vragen hebt dan kan ik je helpen. Ik ben een native speaker Dutch

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Jude442419

I like your alias. It means empathy in old Dutch.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael

Gefeliciteerd ! Goed bezig, man. Wel gebruiken, heh? ;D

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB

Awesome! The Dutch tree is LONG and that's a lot of words you've got in your head now :)

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/atimak48

Goed gedaan man!

May 17, 2019
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