Dutch is my native language, so here are some pointers: 'En' (meaning 'and') is pronounced how an English speaker would pronounce the letter N in the alphabet. ('El em en oh pee') 'Een' (meaning 'a/an') is pronounced like the 'uhh' sound you make when you're thinking, with an -n added at the end. But usually the 'uh' sound is really short and barely audible. 'Een' or 'één' (meaning 'one') is pronounced like the letter A in the alphabet, with an -n added at the end. The 'A' is pronounced and very audible.
I too can [just barely] hear the difference, but wasn't sure if it was supposed to be different, or just the way the audio was. Thank you for confirming that there is a difference, and yes I agree for newbies like me the difference is very tough to hear. Will take some getting used to.
As a native Dutch person that's learning Norwegian I can confirm that the languages are quite similar, since they are both Germanic languages. I wouldn't recommend learning them at the same time (I'd probably get really confused!) but wait until you get better at one of them first, so you don't mix em up too much.
Dutch has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. But the difference between masculine and feminine is not very important, combined they are referred to as the common gender. The difference between masculine and feminine nouns only shows in sentences like The government and its members. (the its part depends on it), lots of natives ignore the feminine in that case and apply it as if it is masculine. In that type of sentences also lots of mistakes are made by natives using the feminine form for masculine or even neuter words.
This in contrast to other situations (for instance the definite articles) where natives hardly ever mistakes regarding common (masculine+feminine) versus neuter, because there are clear and common differences between the two.
The difference between we and wij is that wij puts more stress and emphasis on the pronoun. This is also the case with the following pronouns:
- jij / je
- zij / ze
- mij / me
- jou / je
- jouw / je
Some of these pronouns aren't taught until later in the course, so if you don't know what some of these pronouns are don't worry about it. :)