Nu leer ik Nederlands via Duolingo! I always heard that learning Dutch is useless because Dutch people just refuse to speak Dutch to foreign people... is it really true?
As for the activities, of all the languages I am currently learning, Duolingo Dutch has the most questions for all activities. Well I like it so much but sometimes it's kinda frustrating to repeat the whole activity all over again, especially when only one heart is left and somehow the last question is answered wrongly due to auto-correct (always! because I learn via mobile phone app) or wrong translation, etc. Practice makes perfect, but for a few times I nearly smashed my phone because I am too frustrated to repeat all over again :P
However I m very contented with the questions and I undoubtedly I really learn a lot from Duolingo Dutch. Good job there developers :) dank u wel >
I mean, if you're Chinese or Mexican or Saudi-Arabian and you walk up and start speaking broken Dutch, they probably will talk to you in English. But if you look like you could be Dutch, people might talk to you in Dutch.
If you walk around talking in English people will talk to you in English, I'd say. And if they do talk to you in English, tell them to speak Dutch to you. Why would they refuse? Maybe if your Dutch was so bad you couldn't even say "My name is ..." but after Duolingo it should be good enough to where they wouldn't refuse you.
Just don't confuse it with German if you're learning that at the same time.
I can't agree more! Hmm means that I must be quite fluent in Dutch so that Dutch people can speak Dutch with me... :) Haha definitely I don't look like dutch because ethnically I am Chinese :) I started to learn dutch recently because I got to know a dutch exchange student and he is coming to my country for student exchange... It's a good opportunity to speak some dutch :)) but he always answers my chat in English even though I asked him in Dutch! Lol I start to get mixed up with some spelling already... hopefully it doesn't become worse. But German helped a lot with my Dutch because they share a lot of words!
Trouwens, 'my name is' = 'ik heet', right? :))))
ja ik heet = ich heiße XD
My Dutch friends always only reply to me in Dutch, even if I speak English to them for explaining something complex every once in a while.
German does help a lot, but only if you can keep them separate. Also, some words in Dutch are cognates in German but they aren't the commonly used German verb. Cry = huilen = heulen in German = howl in English... So many words are cognates that it makes it easy if you're good enough at German. Grammar is much simpler than German.
to cry in German is 'weinen'
I didn't say it wasn't.
"Also, some words in Dutch are cognates in German but they aren't the commonly used German verb."
Weinen would be the commonly used verb, heulen would be the similar verb that is a cognate in Dutch. :)
Ah, no. 'To cry' is 'huilen' and 'to howl' is 'janken'. 'Heulen' means 'to collaborate, to be in league with'. ;)
No, it would be wenen, which is, kind of, "old Dutch" for 'huilen' (to cry). :)
haha now instead of cognates they become false friends! :) But still heulen also means 'cry'.. and also 'howl' right? I mean like dog howling...
yeah... no confusing declensions like German... haha... Hmm yeah cognates... there are many nouns that sounds like or looks the same or even just exactly the same...! but I am still bad in pronunciation though... the 'g'. lol
The g you just have to practice... I eventually got it by practicing. I still walk around making the sound randomly lol. Probs scares normal humans.
Hahahah I get whet you mean!! I am so shy to do it while learning dutch at home. Or else my parents will be like 'what's wrong with you'... lolz
Oh, I won't say that learning Dutch is useless. I'm (well, I think I can say: we are) honoured, actually! I mean, there are a lot of people who don't want to learn Dutch, or find it an 'ugly' language (or some kind of German dialect, ouch!). (Besides that, about 95% of the Dutchmen can speak English (fluently), so Dutch isn't always necessary.)
Even so, it is true that a lot of us will speak English to you, when you are speaking broken Dutch. We tend to think that it's easier for you. (You see, some tourists know a few words, but are not learning Dutch.) But if you mention that you are learning Dutch, we'll switch back to Dutch! :)
Hmm trouwens is Dutch a branch of German dialect that branched out very very early from German that's why they become different languages right...? Hmm glad to hear that from a native speaker!
The Dutch culture is unfortunately indeed a bit stubborn in refusing to speak Dutch when they notice you don't speak the language well yet. However, if you insist that you want to practice your Dutch, they will most certainly switch to Dutch. Most Dutch people are incredibly surprised and even honoured when a foreigner is taking the effort to learn the language, so we love telling you all about it.
Lol I asked my Dutch friend.. he says that because the Netherlands is a small country so they know that they should learn and speak other languages instead. That's why Dutch people are very multilingual! Haha!
Yeah, that's why our schools focus on the other languages. We learn English from a young age, and everyone takes at least two years of (at least) German and French, if I'm correct.
hmm and this always demotivates me from learning dutch :(
yeah, the idea that 'dutch people can speak English and another foreign language'. lolz. This always make me lazy.. haha
If you have a phone where you can add multiple keyboards you can get around the annoying auto-correct!
lol but the autocorrects are in English itself! Haha... e.g. do becomes so, I becomes u, etc...
Not on my phone, 4s. When I switch between English, Dutch, and French, the autocorrect follows whichever language the keyboard is in.
Um does anyone have the problem with some of the lessons showing a word being introduced but not actually doing so? I think foods lesson 1 shows 'bord' which I later learnt means plate but isn't used at all in the lesson, or am I missing something? I got screwed over trying to strengthen my skills when words came up that I hadn't come across before...
Hmm I think the questions are given randomly... or probably that word is one of the words in let's say a multiple choice question but it isn't the answer...
Thanks I did do a couple of reruns through the lesson yesterday and it did come up then, guess I'll have to keep that in mind, and revision isn't a terrible thing either.
Hmm I think it's better do do online... dutch has too many questions and you have to repeat all over again if you have too much mistakes if you learn via the App. The online one uses the +/- system. :)