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Yay! I finished my Dutch tree!

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What an exciting day! I knew I was getting really close to finishing my tree, so I buckled down and tackled the last four or five skills this morning. I don't know exactly how long it's taken me, but I think I started around September, so about seven months. I kept my tree golden pretty faithfully throughout the whole thing and wound up finishing the tree on level 16.

Here's a bit about my experience!

  • First of all, here's the story about how I got started learning Dutch... I'm a writer, and at one point I met a Dutch writer and we became friends. She helped me edit my current writing project, then I joked, "Now I just have to learn to read Dutch so I can help you with your writing!" She said that was a great idea and proceeded to teach me little bits here and there, but it didn't work out so great as far as grammar was concerned. Then I found the Duolingo course and the rest, as they say, is history. I've been able to communicate with her in Dutch some now, and I intend to continue that now that I've finished my tree! I've also started working through some of her writing, and while that's difficult, it's fun.

  • Favorite part of the course would be, hands down, the hilarious sentences. Thank you so much to the Dutch team for those; they made my day countless times. I never ended working on Dutch for the day without a smile on my face.

  • Trickiest skill for me grammar-wise was probably the infinitive skill. All those "Hij loopt te praten" and the many different ways of saying "to be" were majorly confusing...however, I can confidently say I've improved in this area since then. It definitely feels more natural now. :)

  • Trickiest skills vocabulary-wise were probably education and government. So...many...big...words!

  • Hardest part of learning Dutch for me: Word order. No question there. Again, though, it is definitely getting easier. Second hardest: de/het...still have a lot of work to go remembering those...

  • I would say that overall, I'm fairly decent at reading/translating both ways and even listening, but writing straight out of my head in Dutch still needs work, as does my pronunciation, apparently. (Hey, what can I say...I've never heard anyone speak Dutch anywhere I've lived/been in the U.S.!)

Plans for the Future

I'd like to continue building my vocabulary and working on my writing/pronunciation skills so that someday soon I can fulfill the original goal to be able to help my Dutch friend with her editing! :) I'll probably try tackling the reverse tree as well.

Thanks so much to the Dutch team and all the helpful members for the course and the explanations!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne
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Wonderful! Congratulations and may you continue to prosper in your studies!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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Well done!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/clarissema7

Congratulations! I completely agree with you in the ''hardest part''! Don't give up of your dutch and if you ever find another site as good as this one, share with us! Kusjes en veel succes!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phong.OSA
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Heel good gegaan!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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Gefeliciteerd! Ik vind het altijd leuk om te zien wanneer mensen onze taal leren. Veel succes met het uitbreiden van je woordenschat, nu je de basis onder de knie hebt. Mocht je in de spreekwoorden en gezegden verzeild willen raken, dan kan ik het "Spreukjesbos" door Herman Finkers erg aanraden.

Translation: Congratulations! I always like take pleasure in seeing people learning our language. Good luck with extending your vocabulary, now that you've got the basics under your belt. If you would like to end up playing with figures of speach and sayings, I can thoroughly recommend "Spreukjesbos" by Herman Finkers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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Bedankt, ik zal dat in gedachten houden (als dat correct is).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marlinde1551
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Het is correct, haha. Goed gedaan! (:

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dementu
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Congrats mate!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thenick.
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Great job! I just started learning Dutch about 2 weeks ago and I will say it is tricky for me when to use de/het. It is also tricky for me to know when to use an 'e' on the end of words although I am getting the hang of it!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulVassell

Congratulations!!! I have just started and I have been pleasantly surprised with my progress. Duolingo is indeed fun and very well constructed. I hope I can write a similar post to yours this time next year. Wishing you all the best!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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Dutch isn't too bad, compared to some of the other languages I've tried. Stick with it and I'm sure to see your post someday! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MassaMolotoV
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Congratulation my friend! Hope you had fun with that one.. Keep it up.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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I just finished my Dutch tree too!!! So exciting. I finished at level 12 and A2.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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WOOHOO!! Congratulations! You should write your own post about your experience. :)

EDIT: I see you have, haha.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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Thank you, everyone. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Congratulations. I'm still learning, but the hardest thing so far is definitely the lesson on "er". An then when it starts using daar and hier in combination with prepositions as well... I'm gonna need to practice that a lot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mangakoibito
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Weird er was one of the ones I didn't have an headaches over … guess it just goes to show that we all learn differently!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crlight
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Yea. I found the 'de' vs 'het' words very easy to memorize, yet 'er' is giving me a hard time.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mangakoibito
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De vs het is EVIL to me!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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I definitely forget those "daar-something"s and "hier-somethings" and "er-somethings" a lot. Also the bigger vocab words and the adverbs. Oh well, at least I won't ever have something that doesn't need practice. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juniper1991

You are great! :) You mentioned that reverse tree! What is it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
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The English for Dutch speakers tree. Apparently it's a common way of reviewing skills around here. :)

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