My Dutch tree is complete! Thank you so much Lavinae, KaiEngle, Rhynn and Simius! I've had an amazing experience :D I love learning this beautiful language and finding out more about the spectacular culture that goes with it! This is my fourth duolingo owl.
My favorite skills were Map, NL 1 and NL 2. Among some of the amazing sentences I enjoyed translating the most were:
De koeien voeren onderzoek uit naar deoorsprong van het gras., Het kind heeft een vraag over de verkoop van ouders., De wetenschappers kwamen tot de conclusie dat Nederland debeste is., Dit is een stichting voor kinderenzonder gele klompen.
Now I plan on reading some Dutch books (could anybody recommend some?), listening to music and, of course, practicing here.
I'd also like to thank my friends on here for their support, especially AlexisLinguist, Moomingirl and MaeeSafaee.
Now on to Irish or Danish! (While practicing Dutch, of course)
Spent this week unable to do anything
except walk in the countryside
picking wild berries
My cognitive skills are very poor
and extreme head pains
leave me in tears
but reading your Dutch Journey
Is an inspiration to us all
and takes me away from a world of pain
Radiance of smiles as ...
The Dutch course is my favourite
Fun and akin to Scots in many ways
Respect to you and a few token Lingots
As for Dutch books, the Netherlands has a pretty great tradition of children's literature, in my opinion. A particularly good author is Annie M.G. Schmidt. I really recommend her books "Pluk van de Pettenflet" and "Minoes"..
Also one my favorite childhood books is "De brief voor de koning" by Tonke Dragt. It is an exciting story about knights, set in a medieval fictional world. Slightly more mature than Annie M.G. Schmidt's work. She also wrote the science fiction novel "Torenhoog en mijlenbreed", about the exploration of Venus.
Gefeliciteerd, Jack, you came a long way in the past week and a half! The sentences were awesome throughout the whole course. Informative and entertaining, a match made in heaven, ha ha. Sorry I can't recommend any resources myself, but I'm sure you'll get them. You know I'm happy to help! :)
Gefeliciteerd, Jack! Have you thought about doing the English for Dutch speakers course?
Those really were awesome sentences...they gave you something to laugh about while doing lessons. ;)
Good luck with Irish! It seems like it'll be a challenging language, but that just makes it more interesting. :)
Congrats on the completion. I read the Dutch translation of "Olivier en de Dwaaleilanden" and found it to be an exciting children's fantasy. It moves along really quickly and is quite cute. I'd definitely recommend it because it is a pretty low reading level, but still has characters and a plot I could get into.
I too am almost done with my tree. It's been a fun ride and your post has been continued inspiration to help me finish.
Since I am now working on my MSc in the Netherlands, I asked a couple Dutch students for a good book to read to continue learning. One of my classmates recomended "De Ontdekking van de Hemel" by Harry Mulisch. He claimed that it is a must-read book. From what I have researched, it looks pretty good.