I've been studying German off-and-on for years now, and I'm hoping that will help me with Dutch, a language I've always wanted to learn. I see a negative side, though. I've so far learned that "Haus" ("house") and "huis" are neuter nouns in both languages, but "Boot" ("boat") is neuter in German yet it's "de boot" in Dutch. Will it be too hard for me, i wonder.
I am relieved to hear that. I am a native speaker of English, so I hope Dutch will be easy. I am finding German a little challenging. Strangely, I am having a much easier time with the Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, and French, in that order of ease). Of course it helps that I learned a little Spanish as a child. Still, I would think Germanic languages would come easier.