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I am so frustrated! Question!

So I'm Dutch but moved to the states when I was 4, completely dropped my mother language (very stupid of me) and now nine years later, here I am back in The Netherlands. I understand the language 90% of the time, but speaking and writing is so difficult for me. My current situation: I am in enrolled in a school program for people who come out of other countries and need to learn Dutch. Of course being me, I have an advantage over these kids who have absolutely no history with the country and language. But it is still so hard to speak and write and my grammer is horrible! The pace of the program is quite slow so its kinda hard for my fast paced mind. My question is: will this actually improve my Dutch or should I just continue on in my daily life?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

This will improve your Dutch grammatically. You'll understand the grammar concepts and why your language is the way it is. If you understand 90% of the time, maybe you'll pick up a few words like fierljeppen that you don't know. You should be able to finish this course pretty fast if you put some work into it. You have an advantage over all of us! :P

By living in the country, if you understand 90%, you'll become fluent in like a year or less I bet. Maybe a few months. My friend said that someone from the US came to her school with no knowledge of the language and was fluent in a year, just by living there.

I know a Russian boy who moved to the USA and learned English fluently in 4 months when he was 10. I also know a Korean boy who moved here when he was 10 and was still very bad at English after like 5 or 6 years lol.

Luckily Dutch is super simple and similar to English in many ways so it should be easy for you to become fluent in fast. This will help you with grammar/spelling.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knittingirl
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I don't see how it could hurt, though you may want to test out of the easier levels. You could also try immersion in the English for Dutch speakers section, which should help improve your ability to write :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Iris_17
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Good to hear that you're motivated to learn the language and that you're moving fast! :) A great advantage of following a school program is being able to meet others with whom you can practice, but if you're way ahead of them, it is not much use. It might be better for you to find a course for advanced students (gevorderden in dutch). Another option is to find a course for German speakers, they have an advantage, just like you, and will move much faster than the average student. Veel succes!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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Duolingo will improve your Dutch. Dutch is my native language, if you have specific questions, go for it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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You have an advantage. I have an immersion discussion board (ik ben Gymnastical) and the real key to learn is immersion. You don't even need that class. it will be useless. Use DuoLingo and immerse. That's all you need to do. I am approaching A2 in less than two months doing that and I started without one word (English is my native language).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/montraydavis

Does Dutch have an immersion section? O.o

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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Not sure but I started an Immersion discussion as I said above. It's so we can practice talking in Dutch. It's called Immersion. Look it up in Discussion.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EriktheSwede

Duolingo can improve your Dutch a lot. Grammar, Speaking and fluency.

3 years ago