https://www.duolingo.com/AdalwinAmillion

I have conquered the Dutch tree

Hallo allemaal!

Today, I finally finished it.

I really liked this tree, because I really like the mixture of silly sentences and knowledge about the Netherlands itself. I really would wish if other courses would learn a lesson from this one. I really liked the last part of it, when you basically had learned everything of relevance about grammar and basic words, so it would teach you some things about Dutch history, food and, how I've already said, the country itself.

For me, as a German native, it wasn't that hard to learn the language as it would have been for an English native. But it was not as easy as it might looked like, since the modern dutch language uses phrases, that resemble those from old-fashioned German. But that was kind of the reason, why I continued the tree. At first, I only wanted to do the basic course, but got stuck in the beautiful way the language is spoken.

I even joined the group on Facebook!

It was really cool to literally feel how much work, blood and pain the creators of this tree invested, to give us an experience, that would be as awesome as possible.

The humor is awesome too, I really can't complain.

I really want to thank the Moderators and Contributors for this course!

Yours sincerly Adalwin Amillion

PS: If I ever come to the honor of contributing to a course on Duolingo, I would always take a leaf out of your book! You are doing it fantastic!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pskully
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Gefeliciteerd! ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lernhase
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Congratulations! Well done.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/craysiii

Gefeliciteerd!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Creagirl

Gefeliciteerd!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maailmaparandaja

Netjes, gefeliciteerd!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JokoLelono
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Proficiat!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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I have to admit, I don't really know what answer I expect to find, but I would like to ask you one question; as a German speaker, how do you perceive the Dutch language?

From my own point of view, I wonder, is it like looking in a strange mirror? Did it ever confound you in unexpected ways, even though it shares so much vocabulary with 'Hochdeutsch'? Are there any things about it that pleasantly surprised you, or any things that seem daft?

And yes sorry, I am milking you for information... I am just curious :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdalwinAmillion

Well, even though it sounds weird, dutch sounds like medieval german. The so called "Plattdütsch" has similarities to dutch. My grandparents call could speak fluent Plattdütsch, but I can't, I have never learned it. So basically sometimes, Dutch feels like a medieval German. It uses Phrases, if you'd use them today in Highgerman, it would look like you are some kind of philosopher, who just really loves the medieval times or who IS from mid-age. The grammar, for example, really surprised me. Since normally the grammar is the hardest part, it's kind of exactly like the German one. Just without all these cases and stuff. And sometimes, my german teacher at school also told me that, it just sounds very, very funny, but it still keeps its own charm. For example:

De hoeveelheid - the quantity

Would mean, by literal translation, in German:

Die Wievielheit

The question for the quantity is already included in this very word, and that's kind of cute. At least for me as a German. Because we Germans have, when it is about their language, really NO sense of humor. (Funfact: There was once a very own German Website, just to explain the difference between "seit" and "seid". I think there were websites against the "Deppenleerzeichen" [Having a space between two nouns, which was brought in by the English language, and I think even one against Anglicisms in the German language. [It really sometimes annoys us germans when people use English words, even if there is a fitting German one]) While the Dutch is more open-minded and purposeful .

And I still ask myself, why there isn't a Dutch for German course yet, since for a German native, it shouldn't be that hard to learn a language, and I really have to say, I sometimes had more problems with the English grammar than with the Dutch one in this course. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

I think it would also be great for German for Dutch speakers as technically German is more usefully economic as a language & I've seen a lot of job ads on indeed.nl for speakers of German in The Netherlands. I know my other half who is Dutch, would like to relearn German (he took it in secondary school but he didn't do so well as he was lazy :P) and he thinks it would probably help him for his/our future too. :)

3 years ago

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Thankyou for the detailed response, it is very interesting to hear your point of view.

I'm studying the Dutch tree because I have met lots of nice Dutch people on my travels but I hadn't given the language much thought until recently because the Dutch are so good at English. Then by chance I was in transit through Belgium and found myself thinking, "What is going on, how am I able to read this language that I have no familiarity with" (yes I know, technically Flemish, but eh) . So I realised that the barrier for me isn't that I am too dumb to understand it, rather that I couldn't exercise my mouth quite the same way... I love the Dutch accent, but I don't think I have the chops for it. But being able to read it is a pleasure, because by some strange twist of history it feels like a more 'user friendly' version of German to my eyes.

Of course the result of that for me is that now when I read German, I can't help but look at it through the lens of Dutch; "Oh wouldn't German be so much easier if it were only more like Dutch...". So maybe I have shot myself in the foot there...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdalwinAmillion

The Germans and Dutch have so much in common. They just don't want to admit it :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ic_fly2

I' m german but have a dutch girlfriend (And live in the UK) and can say that this is all very true. From the horses mouth:

http://imgur.com/QYzBR8r

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HarryStryker

Well done.

3 years ago
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