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How to learn Dutch without getting confused

kingmiko
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Dear all,

I am learning German and I made a lot of progress in the language but now I am learning Dutch but really I am very confused due to the big Similarities between both languages.

Despite Similarities should help to understand the other language but for me it is confusing.

I would really like to learn Dutch.

Anybody experienced this problem and can suggest me how can I overcome it

Thanks you all

3 years ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

I wouldn't.

Wait until you're B2 in German. Once you can speak/read/write/hear German rapidly (not fluently, but easily enough to where you don't have to reference a dictionary) and the grammar feels natural enough to where you can write in it without thinking about it, then start Dutch.

The two are too similar, so if you've only been learning German a little while, it will REALLY confuse you. Many words are similar and you may mix them up.

I think the most dangerous think would be word order... Dutch word order is very similar to that of German, but there's a lot about Dutch word order grammar that German doesn't have, so you'd start putting it into German.

Any Scandinavian language would be fine, you would not confuse it with German! So Swedish, Danish or wait a few weeks for Norwegian & be able to understand 60% of Swedish and 40% of Danish. Swedish is the shizz & Norwegian is almost so hammer as Swedish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

And if you are B2 in German before you start Dutch, you'll see Dutch and think "Oh my god this is so easy, why does German even exist?" and everything should make 100% sense to you (except for continuous present & other minor differences)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duedeluee

Yes,I agree with you. I'm a native German speaker so Dutch is really easy for me :)

3 years ago

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kingmiko
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Thank you for your good notes, I will apply it :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cinderzephyr

I experienced it too. With swedish and dutch. They are very similar as well too. So I've started to learn portuguese what is not a german but a latin language. The only thing I can suggest to you, that no learn the two at once. Learn them one after another. Or, if you are already good at deutsch, check it if you can learn dutch not based on english, but based on german.

3 months ago