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Other places where Dutch is spoken

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It says that we are learning Dutch from the Netherlands. Are there any other types of Dutch and where are they spoken?

4 years ago

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It's spoken in Flanders (northern half of Belgium), Suriname, and the six Dutch islands in the Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, CuraƧao, Sint Eustasius, Sint Maarten, and Saba.

4 years ago

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In addition there's also Afrikaans, which I wouldn't call Dutch, but it is still mutually intelligible.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Dutchspeakersworldwide.png

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarWou
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Afrikaans is a language, not a Dutch dialect. It is strongly related to Dutch since the Dutch settled there and stuff (it wasn't pretty). It is a so called daughter-language. It also borrows from Portuguese, the Bantu languages, Malay, and the Khoisan languages, an estimated 90 to 95% of Afrikaans vocabulary is of Dutch origin (according to wikipedia).

I'm Dutch, and I have had conversations with speakers of Afrikaans (they spoke Afrikaans, I spoke Dutch) and that worked quite alright. So yes, it is similar, but not the same. Reading Afrikaans for me is like: oh I think I recognize this word am I correct?

4 years ago

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And in French Flanders, a part of the Nord department (France) (which was once a part of Flanders), French Flemish (considerd a dialect of Dutch, similar to West Flemish (Best dialect ever, mine :p) is an official regional language.

4 years ago

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Also, don't get confused. Some people will talk about "Pennsylvania Dutch" which IS spoken in Pennsylvania, but IS NOT Dutch, but rather, a dialect of German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GranuleSong
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Belgium, for a start...

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Belgium and Suriname, that's all I know :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/cassecou
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Saint Marten. It is a caribbean island.

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