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Practice your Dutch, some tips!

Hey all,

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.

Websites: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/


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:

Guus Meeuwis

Acda en de Munnik

Van dik Hout

Jan Smit

Nick & Simon

Klein Orkest

Boudewijn de Groot

Cluseau (okay, this one is from Belgium)

André Hazes

Doe Maar

De Dijk

Good luck learning Dutch!

July 22, 2014



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.


This show is adorable :)


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 am native speaker Dutch. It is fun reading these things! If you want to practice, tell me ;)


I'm sorry, but when I saw "some tips" along with your icon, I was a little bit suspicious. :P


Thank you. Lingot for you!


Well, thanks! Here is a link for you. You have to know this. It is so hilarious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXf3wx5nPXU


infonu.nl looks awesome! Short sentences, compact paragraphs, and nicely formatted texts! Thanks very much!


Thanks for this!


Don't forgot Glenice Grace! She's a fab Dutch singer too :) Oh and Trijntje Oosterhuis!


Bedankt! Ik leer Nederlands en ik vind Duolingo leuk.


Thank you! I'm so excited about some of these resources, especially the list of musicians. I love singing along with songs while I'm learning another language. It makes my shower concerts seem more dignified.


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


I will add this to the list :) Thanks!


If you like Ik ook van jou, you might like Sluipschutters too!


Is listening to Mr. Polska decent way to acquaint with Dutch? ;)


Wow! Thank you! InfoNu is amazing! I have yet to try out the videos, but they sound good! :)


Thanks for the tips!


thanks for all the tips. Will definitely come in handy some time :)


My brother-in-law is Dutch and introduced me to Acda en de Munnik. Are they very big in Holland?


Thanks for the tips. Will be checking them out.


Eefje de Visser is a wonderful musician who sings in Dutch.


Awesome! I put this website together to gather all the online content I find (and some links to purchase audio books, etc). Hopefully it will help others. :)



Great! I like to watch Zondag met Lubach on youtube since they have subtitles in different languages. https://thedutchonlineacademy.com/en is a place to test your Dutch and do some Dutch grammar exercises.

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