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How Fast Do You Guys Go Through The Dutch Course?

Just curious if I'm going through it faster than usual, about the same as most, or slower. I've finished 18 lessons (50% of the entire tree) in 1 month 1 day and I'm super proud of myself.

I'm aiming to finish everything by the first of January 2015 then Skype with native speakers so I can improve it a ton.

How fast are y'all going through it? I'm eager to learn Swedish but I want to become at least proficient in Dutch first.

November 19, 2014



Don't forget that language learning is not a race. Your brain can only keep up with the new vocabulary and grammar so well. So if you do decide to finish the whole tree by the end of the year, don't forget to review extensively or risk forgetting a lot of the language!

Best of luck to you learning Dutch and as always, let us know if you need help!


Yes, I definitely will review. Don't wanna forget it! Hopefully I could review off-site too by reading/writing or speaking with natives.


I started the Dutch course roughly two months ago, and am currently 18 skills away from completing the tree. I mostly aim at getting between 30 to 80XP every day and keeping all skills gold as I go.

I have to say that it does sound a bit silly to race through the course just for the sake of finishing the tree. In my case, even with this 18 skills to go, I went from a 1.39 score in the progress quiz (taken a couple of weeks into the course), to 4.08 on my last quiz, two weeks ago. To sum it up, I guess it is better to aim for quality than quantity. ;) Good luck!


It took me just under two months from the first day it released, with a break of a couple weeks and a mad dash to the finish. ;)


Omg ok so if I try like hella hard I could probably finish way before my goal (January 1 2015)?

Did you retain the information you learned since you did it so fast, or did you finish everything then review for a while?

Also I see you're learning Swedish -- is it easy? Do you know if there are lots of adjective endings like in German?


Of course! I finished the last 20 skills in three weeks...the last 8 in 7 hours. :P

I took a month break from Duolingo shortly afterwards, so...sort of no. It came back to me fairly easily, and I was still able to read in Dutch, but I'm building back my writing skills (which weren't impressive to begin with). I felt more comfortable after several weeks of off and on reviewing.

I am the wrong person to ask if it is easy. :P I have had no trouble with it, mainly because it's like Danish. I haven't gotten to adjectives, so I couldn't tell you. I would say Danish is slightly closer to Dutch, then Swedish is closer to Danish.


Ok, thanks for the info. :D

Do you think that if I practiced once a week with native speakers on Skype, practiced reading/writing and learning new words leisurely, that I could become proficient (not fluent, but able to hold an average conversation without failing too much) by the end of Summer of 2015? That's my goal so then I can start learning Swedish in college maybe, or even sooner if I can solidify my Dutch skills.


I would say so. If you have an iOS device (at least), you could try HelloTalk. There are plenty of native Dutch speakers there, and you can practice reading and writing, and even call them through the app (no video though, but you can always share the Skype ID through it).


How much Dutch have you retained after racing through it?


Did you mean 28 skills? There are 64 total skills.


Sorry sorry, I don't know where I got 18 from lol. I have 31 left now, and I've completed 33.

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It took two and a half months of part-time study, as I try to spend at least an hour a day on my Portuguese studies.

The Dutch course was by far the most enjoyable (and entertaining) of the three trees I have completed. Many of the sentences are hilarious. eg. The old man told me all about his relationship with a tulip.


Dang it, I was hoping all the courses were like that! I guess the Dutch contributors just happened to be extremely humorous people.

My favorites so far are "My spoon is too big" and "I ride my bike like a boss" lol.


I'm learning Dutch very slowly. The same with Italian. Why should I go faster? As Kai_E said, language learning is not a race. It is comparable with learning an instrument. You cannot force your brain to learn playing violin in three months. The same with languages. It is a journey where you should stop from time to time and think of all sceneries you have seen. Give your brain a rest. I also compare learning a new language with making the acquaintance of a new friend. At the beginning it is very exciting and everything is new. After a while you perceive your new friend more common and their stories become known or even boring. But nevertheless, you keep on caring for the relationship. Otherwise it will break up. The same with your new language. Try to keep learning it for the next 10 years or for the rest of your life.


I started a week ago and I've been stuck on adjectives for 3 days! =(


Eh you'll get it I'm sure. I think it was very very easy for me because all the words were the same in German, I just had to memorize the spelling difference. Langsam vs langzaam, schnell vs snel, etc.

Memorizing words REALLY sucks and is boring but at least Duolingo makes it feel fun and you aren't just staring and trying to remember, you're using the words in sentences to remember them. ^.^

Look at it this way -- at least you don't have to worry about langsam, langsame, langsamer, langsamen, langsames, etc... yet. I see you're learning German. Schwere Sprache, viel glück. XD


I'm going through Dutch very slowly (my streak is about the same as my time with Dutch - about 4 months). I rushed through French and it was a huge mistake. I might just restart my French. I don't learn anything new in Dutch unless everything is golden. I'm about 2/3 through the tree. I have a pen pal I made through Postcrossing who lives in the Netherlands and helps me with my written Dutch. Once I'm done with Dutch, I'll probably try out Swedish or re-start French.


I finished mine in a little less than a month, but I did quite a bit a reviewing after I completed it to make sure I knew most of the words. I still have many skills to strengthen though. Here, take some lingots and buy something in the store to help you along your way! Best of luck with your Dutch studies!


It took me exactly 28 days :) But I still go back and revise every day


I started the Dutch course when it came out (some time in the summer?) and after a quick count, I'm at the same point in the tree as you. I took a few weeks off duo when I moved and started a new job and have recently gotten back into it. If I'm tired and can't be bothered to do much I tend to focus on keeping old skills golden rather than going onto new ones so that might be why its taking me so long to get through it.

I don't think it matters though. I find my enthusiasm for a language tends to come and go and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I think slow and steady can be better, especially if you're using that time to refresh old skills (and learn the vocab on memrise). I'm sure you can meet your target if you stay motivated. A word of warning though - my experience from other trees is that the second half of the tree takes far longer than the first half.


I started 41 days ago, and I want to do it in one streak. I did more than 1 skill a day early, but now as I want a golden tree I am slowing down to 1 new skill a day. I think I will finish by the end of this month, early december.


I think I started learning on first of November. For 3 weeks now I completed 26 skills. I might be going fast but I'm to trying to learn as much as possible before moving to the Netherlands in late December. I have a similar goal to yours. It's to finish the whole course before December 25th. Lets see if I can make it :)


Oooh good luck! That's fast. I think I'm only going as fast as I am because I find it completely easy since many of the words are the same in German... zich bewegen (sich bewegen), ongeveer (ungefahr), etc... It's like a perfect cross between German and English for me. I really like it because of that and it makes it very easy for me to learn and retain quickly.

Good luck in the Netherlands! ^.^


I find it easy because I'm doing it for fun without stress. I'm thinking of all the experiences I will be having there and how fun it will be if could speak to people with their own language. I could tell, from my last visit to the Netherlands, that dutch people are very friendly. I'm counting on these nice people to help me practice my speaking skills.


I feel like Europeans that speak Germanic languages are extremely helpful and nice in all situations!

I've met two people on Duolingo who were willing to just practice with me so that I could improve my German and it makes me so happy. My Dutch friend also agreed to talk with my on Kik so I could improve my Dutch.

Faith in humanity restored. XD


How do you practice with people on duolingo? Is there something you do on duolingo or do you share contacts and start communicating outside?


I just make discussion posts asking for native speakers to add me on Facebook so we can text chat and Skype so that I can improve my skills.


I'm on day 62 and have completed 16 skills. I have only strengthened skills for 2-3 weeks now as I can't get motivated or don't have the time to really do more than a quick session to keep my streak going.


I go through 1 lesson a day - say 10 mins a day . I don't want to jump and later forget things.

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