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Getting Vocab from Het Achterhuis? 1940s Vocab Okay?

I wanna buy Het Achterhuis on Amazon because it's like the original version of Anne Frank's writing so it carries the emotion and meaning that can't be translated.

I read the preview on Amazon and understood it in Dutch, and I read the first 50 pages in German and it was okay but kinda uneventful in summer of 1942. Her writing was really cute but from what I read in the Amazon preview it looks even cuter in Dutch because there's more emotion in the original language. I am thinking about going through the book and maybe doing like 10 pages per night (I hate reading in all languages) and writing down the vocab I don't know, then making a big quizlet vocab list of it to study and learn from.

Do you think this would be beneficial to get vocab from? It's 1940s speak, and it doesn't look that much different but there probably will be weird things.

3 years ago

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I read it some 5 years ago, so I don't remember the vocab in detail and because I'm a native speaker some less frequent or old-fashioned vocab is not much of a problem. But I remember that the vocab used didn't feel very old-fashioned (which is the case with some early 1900's books I read). So if I were you I'd go for it. If you have any questions, you can always ask them here. One very frequent word in het Achterhuis that is not used anymore and is important to know, is bakvis (teenager).

3 years ago

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I'd say go for it! And I think it would be great if you could share the wordlist with us.

3 years ago

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For sure! I'd probably do it with Quizlet unless I find a better way. It'd take me a few months.

3 years ago

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I bought the book last September. It is an awesome read where I have watch my abilities in Dutch improve as I progressed further in the book (I am still reading it). I inquired with a Flemish student of mine about the vocabulary and he said that it does have some old words in it that you would find grandparents using. However, it is definitely readable and worth every cent. Go for it dude!

3 years ago

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Gewoon lezen joh. Zo archaïsch is het taalgebruik niet. Wanneer je Nederlands het niveau van een moedertaal spreker zoals ik benadert dan kun je ook eens Multatuli of camera obscura proberen.

3 years ago

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If it's the original, you're going to read a version of Dutch that was there before the first edition of Het Groene Boekje came out. This was set up during 1946/1947, which simplified the already rapidly changing language even further. It changed words such as mensch to mens and destroyed most of the last remnants of the case system. I doubt you'll have a lot of trouble understanding it, but do know that it is indeed still somewhat archaic Dutch. Vocabulary-wise, it's probably not that hard compared to what you're used to.

3 years ago

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Oh, well that should be even easier because it would be closer to German anyway lol!

3 years ago