Waarom leer jij
Why are you learning Dutch? Do you find the language quite different or similar to what you expected? What other apps to you pair with DL? Anybody have real-life experiences with their Dutch learning?
I'm very curious and interested in your story. Thanks!
I'm learning Dutch because I have to; we'll move to the Netherlands soon because of my husbands work.
Dutch is in a way how I expected, with its similarities to English and German. But in a way it's also very different: I find it very interesting, beautiful and an therefore a personal enrichment.
Meanwhile we've been to the Netherlands for a first visit for a couple of days, and I liked it very much. I didn't expect to understand more than a goedemorgen or an alstublieft, but here and there I could pick up words that I've already learned on Duolingo. But my English and German knowledge has been quite helpful too.
We have been to a bookshop and I bought a children's book (de familie Snuffel), which has not been written by a Dutch author, but I followed the recommendation of my 8 year old.... I can already understand a lot. While progressing on Duo, the things I don't understand yet become clear step by step.
I don't use other apps, apart from a dictionary. I use videos and books though.
because I like pen and paper learning
because for me learning is most effective, if I use as many senses as possible. I need the smell of paper and my markers, I prefer handwritten flashcards because the individual irregular swings and edges of my horrible handwriting makes the words stick longer on my mind then digital flashcards.
I need to be able to touch the contents, I need the movement. I like writing down the Grammer, arrange and rearrange it, compare it etc all while shifting paper around me, colouring or creating symbols.... you could say I need to giant-mindmap on the floor first, before I can transfer my insights into my head.
Sounds like you've developed a useful learning strategy for yourself! I once taught some basic Dutch to a family that was moving to the Netherlands for a year because of the husband's job, but that was long before Duolingo. Maar ik ben eigenlijk een beetje nieuwsgierig naar jouw vreemde username "klappenmonster," waar verwijst dat naar? In ieder geval, nog veel succes gewenst met het leren van Nederlands!
:D that username..... (I could understand your question I think, but I can't answer it yet in Dutch), well Klappenmonster is an invention, because when I made the account I had no idea what to choose as username. One of my kids said Monster, and the other one Klappe (which is actually "Augenklappe" in proper German, eye pad like a pirate) and to avoid a fight I just put the words together ;)
Ah, of course, kids' imaginations can definitely be a good inspiration for usernames! I guess yours could be interpreted two ways in Dutch; either a monster that claps (its hands/paws/claws) or a monster that likes to hit/smack/slap. The verb 'klappen' means to clap or the noun 'klap' (plural: klappen) means slap, smack, bang or crash. :-)
Oh! Thanks! We are near end of term, so my kids had a lot of performances, and I can identify very well with the monster that claps its hands. There are situations, where I have to keep that other monster inside of me at bay though... :D
I'm learning Dutch because I'm going to Belgium for an exchange that will help me decide if I want to do my Master's degree there. Even though my classes would be in English, I want to be able to integrate well into the country.
It is in many ways similar to English, the numbers being a good example. However, the word order can be confusing! I use Rosetta Stone as well, but not as much as I should. I do not as yet have any real-life experience. Soon!
My grandparents were from the Netherlands long ago, but in World War II they had to flee due to the invasion of their country. They came to Canada and my dad was born here. They changed their last name as well because it's pretty impossible to pronounce in English if you don't know Dutch pronunciation... but they spelt it in such a way that now everybody mispronounces it anyways!! :p
I have always been interested in everything Dutch and it is my dream to be able to move to the Netherlands :) I hope I achieve that some day. Even if I don't I want to be able to understand the language to at least be able to communicate with the Dutch.
I used to learn Dutch back in school. Sadly back then I wasn't really interested in that language (mostly because I was forced to learn it) but the older I got the more I wanted to give this language a second change. When I took the first couple of lessons on here I was surprised how much I have buried in my memory.
I am not constantly learning Dutch but whenever I do, I have a lot of fun and I hope that one day I will be able to go to the Netherlands on vacation and use what I am learning :)
The only other language learning site I am using is clozemaster. Also a site which is a lot of fun and which is in my opinion a good addition to DL. (this site also has an app)
It's astonishing, what you can dig out of your memory after years, isn't it?
That's true. At first I was like "Hmm ... I guess you may know a few words and the basic phrases but then it was even so much more". It was such a big motivation to say to myself that I should go on.
I love visiting the Netherlands and after my 5th trip or so, I figured it would be nice to know more of what was going on. I have been back twice since I started learning two years ago and it's amazing how much more fulfilling my time is now that I can read signs and understand a bit of what is going on around me. It's also fun to surprise people in smaller towns when I say I don't need an English menu.