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Hello, I'm from the Netherlands myself so if you have any questions You can react to this post and I can try to help you! I know that the Dutch language can be very difficult sometimes but you need to keep trying! Eventually you will make it and you're gonna be so proud of yourself for sure. So if you want to know something I will to my best to help you!
Just a general question:Do young Dutch people speak German? I've seen lots of middle aged and old people,who can speak German there,but I don't know if that is the case for the younger generation. Grüße aus Deutschland! Groeten uit Duitsland!
Not really, only if you chose german at high school I guess, but I didn't choose that language so I don't really speak it. But because the languages are very similar, we can kinda understand it a bit. But young people mostly speak English fluently but german isn't that popular anymore
Nur wenn sie an die Grenze wohnen. Like you just saw from my horrible sentence, i don't live near the border. Oder am Meer. Vakantie! Holiday jobs incentivise quite a lot of people to learn. Living in the middle & hating schoolduits i dropped it early. As a result i talk English with Germans & hate it. We should be able to speak to eachother without that.
Or if we have to use another language, we could use Esperanto... (^.^)
Older generations watched German television when they were younger and picked it up that way. For Flanders I know my parents watched German tv because the Dutch shows weren't as good as the German shows. Nowadays in Flanders we don't speak or hear German outside school (1-3 hours a week in general highschool or not at all in technical schools).
Hello, I'm from Brazil and began studying dutch recently. One thing that I realized here on DUO, was the ressemblance in the pronunciation with German. Can you understand a little German knowing Dutch?
As a dutch person, i can understand a little german. They're indeed very similar. For example, when i was (quite) young, i put certain games on my nintendo DS in german because i understood it better than english (at the time) and dutch was often not available.
I agree.But compare 22 million native speakers to 95 million. Dutch wasn't of big importance.
Then Portuguese is more important than German, because there are more than 200 million Portuguese natives speakers around the world!
Well,there is more German literature,and a lot of scientific research is done in German. And of course,when there are more people that understand the language,then it can be more important.
Yes, you are right, then the reality is that English is the most important language in the world!
Yes.A little.Germans can understand basic Dutch and vice versa. I don't know Dutch that well,but even without knowing the language,it feels like a Dialect of German.Probably Dutch people have the same feeling towards our language. I am not Dutch,but this is my experience as a German.
Hello, How are you? I'm from Brazil too, I'm trying to learn Dutch, because I think it's easier than German, I can be wrong, I don't know, but I will try to learn German if I get to learn Dutch first. Sometimes I can't understand the order of the words in a sentence, it's the hardest thing to learn in Dutch in my opnion.