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Deutsch vs. Nederlands

I just started the Dutch tree today and completed the first exercise, but it seemed that even with my level 8 German it was very easy. Besides some different spelling, I was able to cruise through no problem. Does it continue like this? I am not sure that I want to invest the time into it if not, but if it stays this easy I may do it alongside my German learning. Any thoughts on that? I would love some helpful advice!

July 31, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

Dutch and German are both West Germanic languages, along with English, so they certainly have similarities. There are spelling differences, and German has cases, but they are similar languages indeed. As long as you are able to keep them separate while learning, you should be good to go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

Thank you so much! Shocked by the quick response. Good advice about keeping them separate, I have struggled with that in other languages in the past.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

Graag gedaan (you're welcome). Don't be, it happens often. I'd suggest learning them at different times of the day, or learning German one day, and Dutch another.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

Not sure I can alternate days, I do love seeing my streak grow :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

As long as you practice in anything online, your streak grows. I originally started this streak in French, but after finishing my Spanish tree, I switched to Portuguese, then French, then Spanish, and now Dutch (I'll learn them eventually). This is all in 99 days, and my streak hasn't broken yet.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

Really? I had no idea. Thanks again, you've been a ton of help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexisLinguist

You're welcome. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jairemix

The one thing that pleasantly surprised me is that the genders almost always correspond in the two languages. So: het paard -> das Pferd, het kind -> das Kind, het meisje -> das M├Ądchen. German has always posed a bit a problem for me because of its three genders, but I find that learning some Dutch prior to taking the German lessons really helps because of the similarities.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

Really? That's a helpful trick, thanks a lot. I am finding it a little strange with my Spanish background, because the genders are often opposite with German.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jairemix

Yeah you just have to remember that masculine "der" and feminine "die" in German become common "de" in Dutch (in case you didn't know). So learning Dutch is in a way easier, because you only have to memorise 2 genders.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JudithL1

German is my mother tongue and my first 5 levels of dutch were pretty easy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

First five? Did you just stop or did it get harder after that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JudithL1

I just started 3 days ago, I was on level five when I wrote this comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ACastle_10

Oh ok, I was confused


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/postalblue

I wouldn't do that if I were you. Finish your German tree first, and then move to Dutch. If you're keen on studying two languages at the same time, pick languages from different families, like German and French/Italian/Spanish/Portuguese, for example. If you want to do three, pick one Germanic, one Romance and one Slavic (or Asian, or Fino-Ugric or whatever).

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