How to test my pronounciation?
I'm learning dutch since round about 3 weeks. My main problem is that I don't have a counterpart who does give me feedback about my pronounciation. Are ther some lectures where the correct dutch pronounciation will be checked? If not: What can I do to get practice? May be there is someone from the netherlands who learns german and also would like to have someone giving feedback in pronounciation.
There are websites which can get you into contact with native speakers so you can chat, you can google for this, or maybe somebody else can advise a website (I wouldn't know, I never tried it).
Next to that, what you can do, is listening a lot to Dutch audio and trying to repeat it at the same time (I'd say start with easy things like Sesamstraat). There is a lot of Dutch audio available. I'd say, practice with whatever interests you. If you are an avid news follower, watch/listen to/read Dutch news, if you're into music, listen to Dutch music, if you like reading, read in Dutch, if you like comics, get your hands on some Dutch comics.
Next to that if you're watching people speaking Dutch (e.g. on youtube) it can help to repeat out loud after them, for a number of reasons: to increase your confidence in speaking, to help you remember words/sentences and to train your (facial) muscles producing Dutch sounds.
Some examples of sources you can use:
- Bert en Ernie (or whatever you find funny/interesting) on http://www.2bdutch.nl/videos (you can include subtitles)
- listen to Dutch radio: http://nederland.fm
- listen to Dutch songs on youtube, e.g. Eefje de Visser or Roosbeef
- jeugdjournaal.nl news aimed at kids (10 years old?)
- Alfred J. Kwak a children's cartoon (really good if you ask me)
- listen to news clips e.g. on nos.nl or nu.nl this can be easier than some other sources with people speaking Dutch, since often you will (roughly) know what it should say
- Komt een man bij de dokter… jokes acted out
- other (more difficult) sketch shows you can find on youtube: Benidorm Bastards, Draadstaal, Jiskefet, De Vloer Op (I guess the order is roughly easy to difficult)
- try singing nursery rhymes http://www.kinderliedjes.info/, thanks JaneEmily!
You can find some more audio resources here:
And a very useful discussion with lots of Dutch resources:
Yes that is a quite good idea. Acutally I use an Android app providing several dutch TV stations.