Practice your Dutch, some tips!
DuoLingo is an amazing place to start learning Dutch, but there are also other ways to improve your skills. It's very important to hear and read a lot. So here are some tips for you to practice and improve your Dutch!
Let's start with YouTube. While learning Spanish, I noticed how helpfull YouTube can be:
https://www.youtube.com/user/bookboxinc/search?query=dutch Learn Dutch with subtitles.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ikookvanjounl/ This is from a Dutch tv show called 'Ik ook van jou' and it's about four diffrent couples. The sketches are very short and therefore easy to watch several times. They also talk very clear and it's a funny show.
https://www.youtube.com/user/musti394/videos This user has uploaded a lot of 'Spangas' episodes. Spangas is a daily soap for children, but very amusing to watch, and they don't use a lot of difficult words.
https://www.youtube.com/user/OldTvShowsYT/videos Alfred J. Kwak is a cartoon about a duck. It is also really fun to watch for adults.
And for around 100.000 arcticles written in Dutch (about just anything you can think of): http://www.infonu.nl
Some very famous Dutch mucicans are:
Acda en de Munnik
Van dik Hout
Nick & Simon
Boudewijn de Groot
Cluseau (okay, this one is from Belgium)
Good luck learning Dutch!
I've been looking for all kinds of resources to read and watch. I was horrified to realize that Sesaam Straat (Sesame Street) was over my head.
HOWEVER! Nijntje (Miffy the Bunny), is not. I believe they're written at about a pre-school level, and each video is about five minutes long. It's far more entertaining when you can sing along with her theme song, too! Here's a whole channel of videos about Nijntje and her friends: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHnIG0s0ypGduffPRALpLFg/videos
I've also looked up different (credible) online news stations in the Netherlands to listen to people speaking with their natural cadences. I haven't found one that I really adore, yet, but I'm always looking for more resources.
I love listening to Radio 1 NL while I'm working: http://radioplayer.omroep.nl/radio1-default
I'm only at the stage of picking certain words out, and occasionally understanding the gist of what they're talking about. But it's great for picking up the sound of the language. The adverts are often the easiest things to understand.
I've also subscribed to Nu.nl in the Google Play Newsstand app on my tablet.
I suspect the tv shows may all be a bit over my head for now, but they'll be good for coming back to later, thanks! Does anyone know of any programmes like Extra or Eres tu, Maria for Dutch? I mean, shows that are specifically designed for language learners where they speak very slowly and clearly and maybe have subtitles. That would be really useful!
Edit: I found these cartoons on youtube with Dutch subtitles. They're perfect for beginners. https://www.youtube.com/user/bookboxinc/search?query=dutch