Dutch Study Group. Anyone interested?
Hello, everyone. I thought I'd come up with a small study group for people who are learning Dutch to be a part of.
• A small study group comprising of about two to five people with possibly a Dutch native to oversee our sessions to help us keep on track. If you are Dutch, please feel free to volunteer.
EDIT: My fiancé has volunteered to help oversee things. No idea why I didn't think of that one before, but if any other Dutch natives would like to help out still, you can! :)
• The group will be for people who are scared to converse with people in public (the street, supermarket etc) or just don’t have the ability to interact with any people who talk Dutch or are learning Dutch where they live.
• The target or goal of a small group is to help boost our confidence in a casual environment where there is no pressure to strictly speak Dutch. We are all people who are trying to learn a language, and for some people interacting in a conversational situation can be difficult to the point it causes anxiety. I want to help people, who like me, find it difficult to interact and find the confidence to just speak in Dutch out of the blue.
• The sessions will be around twice a week, sometimes three depending on how busy we are. I will let you know when I am available in the group chat and we will organise it around everyone’s schedules so that everyone has the ability to progress consistently.
• The sessions will start off with things such as introducing ourselves, learning how to say hello and basically getting to know each other. We don’t necessarily have to always interact in Dutch as some of us are still beginners and it’d be fun to get to start some sessions in English before transitioning to conversing in Dutch so that way we don’t feel too pressured straight away if some of us are feeling less confident than others at the start of the sessions. We will also go through and list things that we’d each individually like to improve on in our learning.
Example: If people are struggling with pronunciation, we’ll work on that for the session – then if others feel they need help with making sure their conversations keep flowing, we’ll also do that. We’ll adjust the sessions to fit everyone’s individual needs.
• I know that sharing Skype information is prohibited on Duolingo, so if you would like to take part in the group, you can do so by contacting me through twitter (my twitter handle is in my Duo profile) and that way the sharing of personal information is away from Duolingo. I don’t mind people contacting me through twitter as for me, it’s just a place to socially network and my twitter isn’t too personal to me. I interact with people all over the world on there – if that isn’t allowed then please Mods, let me know. If you don’t have twitter, hit me up on my activity stream and we’ll find a way to get you to take part in the group. If anyone has any suggestions on how to go about getting people into the groups without sharing personal information on Duolingo, please let me know.
EDIT: If anyone wants to join, you can anonymously message your Skype ID (you don't need a tumblr account) on my tumblr, just let me know what your Duolingo username is in the message! Bedankt!
• If you’re wondering why the group is consisting of a small amount of people, this is because I find that smaller groups have a much easier time to progress and interact as it feels closer to a one-on-one session but without feeling like you’re completely alone, and that there are other people going through the exact same things you are. I’m also open to people creating several small study groups of their own through this thread if they’d like to. I’m not in charge of this idea, so feel free to go off this idea and organise things as you’d like. You can also be part of several small study groups if you’d like to.
• Also, if I’m not available for a group session but everyone else is – they can continue and go ahead with the planned session. I don’t want to be a person that is always in charge of when these things go ahead, and I’m happy for people to be in a group conversation even if I am not taking part in it.
• If any moderators or staff thinks this is an inappropriate idea, please let me know. Or if any of the Dutch course moderators would like to help us in these sessions, please go ahead. The more help, the merrier.
I am aware that I do have my own Dutch fiancé to help supplement my learning, but even though I’m very appreciative of everything he has taught me – I think it would benefit my own learning if I am able to branch out a little bit and interact with people who are also on the same learning level as me. Add the fact; I don’t want to make him feel like I rely on him too much to learn Dutch. I want to feel a little more independent and take my learning on the next level – as many of us would like to.
Plus, it can feel very lonely if he is on a long shift at work and I have no one to practise my Dutch with during the week. Not to mention I can get pretty strange looks from my family when I sit in my lounge just speaking Dutch to myself! I think it would definitely boost my own and many other people’s confidence levels if we did this, and we’d all make some friends in the process.
Please let me know your thoughts on this everyone and I look forward to hearing from you!
This is my first time ever suggesting myself to do this, so if things seem really unorganised in my post then I apologise. I'm really quite nervous about writing this.