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Dutch is so exciting!

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It's easier, in a sense, than German is. There aren't genders required when typing words like a woman or a man. Also, the nouns aren't capitalized as they are in German, which will take some getting used to, but it's still so exciting!

Dank je wel Lavinae en KaiEngle!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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It actually is exciting, I had no interest in learning it and suddenly I just can't put it down. It's probably because I wanted to learn German but the pronunciation and grammar were too hard, this one sounds a lot like German but it is a lot easier to pronounce and the grammar is easier too.

4 years ago

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I agree! I still like German and I think I find German pronunciations easier, but grammar is a lot easier with Dutch. It's 11:00 in my timezone right now so I should be sleeping, but I'm just so excited and involved in Dutch!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lavmarx
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Here it's 12:10 and I should be practicing my Italian. :D I don't think I'll be able to complete the 21 day challenge.

4 years ago

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Haha! I'll have to figure out how to divide my time between Dutch and German and then when Danish and Irish come out, I'll have to divide it between four different languages!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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It can be 21 skills or lessons, Lamarz. Changes allowed (I have). ;)

4 years ago

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I have done like 50 lessons already, but I'll take the skills I did in italian (like 7) and mix them with the ones I do in Dutch then. :)

4 years ago

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So, can I do the 21 skills or lessons on my Dutch tree rather than my German tree?

4 years ago

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Mix-and-match. I don't care. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ccf63
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I keep getting counted off because I accidentally type "de" or "het" before nouns. It will take some getting used to! But I love the course!!

4 years ago

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I do the same thing, ccf63! It will take time to get used to, definitely. That and not capitalizing my nouns!

4 years ago

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I know! I keep trying to type "ich" instead of "ik." It's so weird not capitalizing the nouns! This is certainly an exciting time. :)

4 years ago

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Haha, yeah! I'm also getting used to some of the spellings, as they're more difficult than German.

4 years ago

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They are a bitter harder, aren't they? Personally, I think they're a bit cooler as well. One thing that's going to be nice is that they only have "een." No ein, eine, einen, einem, einer, eines...

4 years ago

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Yes! Agreed! Also, no der, die, and das, Just het and de.

4 years ago

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Haha, don't you mean no der, die, das, des, dem, or den. XD I know, it will be much simpler having only two definite aritcles. Afrikaans speakers are even luckier. You have 'n for a/an and die for the.

4 years ago

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Haha, yes, that is what I meant.

Afrikaans sounds really interesting!

4 years ago

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I've done a few lessons in Dutch so far and it seems that for some sentences, it's the same as English. If a person said in English, "We're eating an apple", I bet they'd understand that without trying to say it in Dutch, because it sounds almost the same. Needless to say, the first day that I was doing a Dutch lesson, I wrote, "un" instead of "een".

When I was 12, I lived for 1 1/2 years with a Dutch family. They spoke English to their kids. The parents came from Holland in the 1950's I think. One of their daughters used to bake a raisin cake on Saturdays that they called "kooka". I was only 13 so, of course, that's what I called it too. After that I was talking to my sister about "kooka" and she said "what?" I repeated "kooka" and she seemed like she thought I was crazy.

My mother used to always say "capoosta" instead of cabbage. Later my dad told me about an incident when my younger brother was a little boy, that he was excited, and saying, "We're having capoosta for supper tonight." That was when he was a little kid so I guess he didn't know it wasn't English.

4 years ago