Over the past few days I have been flying through the Dutch skills. They aren't too difficult because of what knowledge I have of German, and so I've been taking that to my advantage and trying to use what little time I have left of summer to learn as much Dutch as I can! Nothing is more motivating than unlocking a new row of skills, watching them turn from gray to color.
The only downside to taking things a little quicker is that it doesn't allow for as much time for the words to sink in. Because of this, before I go any further I would like to do an overall review of what I've learned recently. The problem is: I don't know how to go about it.
Nearing 600 words, there's a lot to review. I don't want to simply do exercise after exercise, as I have a feeling this would be quite time consuming for the amount of vocabulary I want to review. I'm not sure if simply writing out all the words and their definitions a few times would help them stick in my brain, if there are any other ways I could study, or if doing exercises is my only option.
People on here seem to have really good ideas, so I would appreciate hearing some now. :) My main goal is to make sure I know all my nouns, whether they are a de or het word, and their plural forms like the back of my hand.
I am looking forward to seeing your ideas! In advance: Dank je wel!
My personal preference is to start to mix in content aimed at native speakers. So in addition to using Duolingo (and Memrise in my case) I listen to the radio in my target language, reads newspaper articles and so on. With knowledge of both German and English and 600 Dutch words under your belt it's worth it to try to read some articles in Dutch that interest you if you haven't done so already. I've found this a good way to retain and expand my vocabulary.
I assume with the tips mentioned here, you can find your way on Duolingo.
I agree with RigelKentian, mixing various sources can make it less boring. And the upside is you can read/listen about whatever topic you're interested in.
And if you know German and a little bit of Dutch, it shouldn't be too much effort to (roughly) understand simpler texts and texts of you usually know what they will say, e.g. the news: nu.nl, Dutch teletext (Sorry I had to include this, old technology still used in a new form, the average Dutch football fan knows 818 and 819 are the Eredivisie pages and the average farmer knows the 702 and following are the weather forecasts). Simply nos.nl works as well, but isn't that old-school. ;)
Elsevier basically is the Dutch Spiegel, so in case you want to take a next step after the newsreports.
And you never can go wrong watching Bert and Ernie in Dutch. ;) Keep in mind Ernie has a bit of an accent, his aa sounds a bit like a long e.
And if there is anything specific you're interested in, that you would like to find in Dutch, just ask. :)
Thank you for all this information! I'll definitely have to look up some stuff on Wikipedia. If there's ever anything I'm interested in, I'll make sure I ask you. :)
P.S., when I said, "my knowledge of German," I didn't mean that I know German. I just know about double what I know in Dutch, although I have had someone ask me if I was a native speaker because of what I know. ;)
True, I actually know that (I speak some German). But apparently because man isn't used in that way (at least I have never seen it getting an article or adjective) and Mann is, and because man is capitalised in your username, and because of the Dutch and English meaning of man, I just read it the way I described in my previous post. ;)
For some reason I can't respond to your last comment, so I'll respond on this one again. Ah, I see what you did there. ;) Would "man" (the German man meaning one) have any kind of gender? I mean, since it isn't a noun I'm assuming it doesn't. That's why in my username I just used "die." Plus, I am a girl so I guess it works. I just would hate to have it incorrectly written...
I'm not sure, you should ask a native German speaker, but I guess not. At least for the Dutch men (translation of German man) it doesn't make sense to add anything to it, because it is a pronoun, but also since the whole point of the word is, that it is undefined.
BTW for the English the one we use either de ene or degene in Dutch, not men.
I know how you feel. I started the dutch course on Saturday and I am already on the present tense. I reccommend to review every morning before you start and every evening after you finish to try and remember better. Alternatively, make songs about words, tht always helps me to remember words.
Several users are working on a Memrise word list here: http://www.memrise.com/course/356226/duolingo-dutch-for-english-speakers-3/ (you can sign up for free). I'd really recommend it. Personally I find the memrise way of learning vocab much more effective than doing duolingo sentences.
I'm also struggling my way with Dutch at the moment, and other than Duolingo, I use http://quizlet.com to make my own flashcards with words I need to memorize. It's really helpful tool to practice all the words and even test them out or print straight from the app. It also has the ability to "read" Dutch words from the each flashcard you make so you don't forget the pronunciation! :) I would suggest you give it a try and see if it works for you as well. Good luck!