"The sun is shining today."
Translation:De zon schijnt vandaag.
Is there a difference between ei and ij? I could not see anything which would determine where to use one or the other (yes, a very good question at this stage, I know xD) thanks :)
Only "schijnen" is possible, "scheinen" does not mean anything but you won't know other than by learning. With some other words both ei and ij are possible and can change the meaning of the word.
Lijden - to suffer
Leiden - to lead
The ij and ei used to be pronounced differently (quite a while ago, probably a few hundred years, I'm not completely sure), but this difference has completely disappeared from standard Dutch, it is still present in some dialects though.