Helpful external material
Here we have gathered the material that we have found helpful for anyone studying Dutch. If you have any good suggestions, feel free to post them here and we will add them to this opening post :)
Jane's Dutch Learning Resources List
Reputable Dutch grammar books
- "A Practical Dutch Grammar", by Yolande Spaans
- "Klare Taal!", by Jenny van der Toorn-Schutte
Website that provides grammar explanations:
Supplementary Dutch courses:
Dutch reading/television content:
Note: Check this website http://www.2bdutch.nl, which provides subtitles (in English, German, Spanish, French and Portuguese) to Dutch videos
Dutch (help) forums:
Good site for the tougher questions (all in Dutch):
User suggestions for Dutch music to listen to
All Dutch radio channels:
Dutch radio channels which also play other music:
Would anyone happen to know of any other sites with good reading material? What I'm really looking for are texts that are on a good level after finishing the tree here. I'm not looking for other online courses or tutorials or things like that, but texts that are specifically targeted towards language learners.
I would also like to add that http://woordenlijst.org (a branch from http://taaluniversum.org) can be quite helpful. You can enter a Dutch word and view its gender, breakdown of pronunciation and other potential variations of a word (e.g. plural and diminutive forms, etc.). :)
de[m.] –> indicates that a noun is masculine (mannelijk)
de[v.] –> indicates that a noun is feminine (vrouwelijk)
In this list I am missing the major Dutch news sites http://www.nos.nl (both written news and tv broadcasts) and http://www.nu.nl These sites also have apps available. If you think the language is too difficult. You can also try http://www.jeugdjournaal.nl this is a news site for children.
I'm using an older version of "Teach Yourself Dutch" to supplement the Duolingo course. I would highly recommend it. It comes with CDs that have audio exercises. I find these to be very helpful for pronunciation practice.
This is that version: http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Complete-Course-Package/dp/0071413863
This is the newer version (although I can say if it is any better or worse because I haven't used it): http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Dutch-Two-Audio-CDs/dp/0071760733
You can search for words here. Often the word page has a clip of a native speaker saying it.
For instance here are the pages for jongen and vrouw.
An other place where you can hear Dutch (and Belgian) native pronunciation is at nl.forvo.com :
Hoi. I'm making a list of vocabulary from this course over at Memrise:
There are only first 3 lessons up for now (the work of one evening), but I count on moving faster in the future. If someone's ahead in the tree and would like to help add new words (or record pronunciation for the existing ones, if you're a native speaker), let me know, and I'll add you to the contributors.
For those who aren't familiar with Memrise, it allows you to practice item by item (in this case, word by word or phrase by phrase), ignore the ones you already know, and create visual reminders for each item you have trouble with. It helped me a lot with remembering definite articles in German, hoping to achieve the same with Dutch.
I hope having this out is not a problem, I can always set it back to private if it is.
Tips & Notes: All DuoLingo skills together in one
WikiBooks: Lessons on Dutch grammar
W. Shetter and E. Ham: Essential Grammar
B. Donaldson: Comprehensive_Grammar
Groningen University Language Centre: Dutch Pronounciation
Marco Schuffelen: Hear Dutch here
Leesuur: All-you-can-read, for free
Reddit: Chat in Dutch