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Why did you start learning Dutch?

Hi, I would like to know (as a native speaker of Dutch) why some of you started learning Dutch. I mean, Dutch isn't that charming right? haha

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/thraenthraen
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I love Dutch, that's why. It's fun and whimsical and a bit weird sometimes, and I just like it. And I have friends who are native speakers, and they've learned my native language (English), so why wouldn't I return the favour and learn theirs? Plus, their families aren't all fluent in English, and I don't want to put the responsibility on them for getting past our language barrier or rely on my friends to interpret when I'm a visitor in their home and country, so I can't really understand why I wouldn't learn Dutch.

Although technically I first decided to learn Dutch so I could read my friend's favourite book as a little kid, so, uh, literature? And an elaborate joke: a different friend asked me if I was "secretly Dutch" when we first met because I said "verdeeldoos" with what was apparently a native-sounding accent, and that friend does not know that I've been learning Dutch. I'm looking forward to saying, "Ja, ik ben heimelijk Nederlands" when we next see each other, as I now know enough Dutch to have grammatically questionable conversations.

But, really, I've just fallen in love with the language, so at this point I'd keep learning it even if I didn't have language barriers to overcome and kid's books to read and elaborate jokes to make.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
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Use "stiekem" instead of "heimelijk", one of my favorite Dutch words. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

I honestly don't know, I had learned German before it and it was just really captivating and pretty and compelling to learn and y'all have so much culture like... I mean I just randomly started one night and I couldn't stop, I still don't know why I know Dutch because I'm American and I should be pretending to learn Spanish while eating at McDonalds. But somehow I'm here I really just don't know.

That's a good question.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cedricprds

I had to spend three months in the Netherlands for my studies. I loved the country but unfortunately had no time to learn Dutch during my stay : at the end of my stay, I was only able to say things like "Volgend station : Utrecht Centraal" or "Deze trein rijdt niet" :-°

I felt that was quite sad, and that's why I'm currently learning Dutch here on Duolingo :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maurice314
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But it is that charming. Okay, the real reasons I started Dutch was my family. In Particular my Dad's side of the family. Since they are Dutch, they speak Dutch. Unfortunately this extends to when there are people in the room that only understand English (my Dutch relatives speak English perfectly FYI). When my Oma was around she would often switch to Dutch mid speech. Needless to say this was endlessly frustrating, so I started to learn Dutch so that I would never get socially excluded by my relatives again.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diederik661928

I was born in Holland and Dutch was my first language. I was a child when we migrated to Australia and my parents thought it would be best to concentrate on English, so my knowledge gradually faded. 50 odd years later, I feel it's time to get reacquainted, so here I am and thoroughly enjoying the experience.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/summ1t

Same for me, except I was born in Oz, My siblings were born in NL. My parents thought it would be to confusing for us kids to learn 2 languages. So 50 years later I'm trying.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashbolt
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The reason I am learning Dutch is mainly because of my grandparents. When I was younger, I lived with my grandparents who are Dutch. They were quite involved with the local Dutch community, so I was exposed to the Dutch language, cuisine and culture a lot and while I knew a few words here and there, I was never taught how to properly speak Dutch. That is what has made me want to learn Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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I am learning Dutch because it is similar to two other languages. The first is Old English. I keep working at OE and the similarities between the vocabularies in the two languages is surprising. The second language is Afrikaans - there is a large Afrikaaner population in my remote corner of Texas and I keep learning languages on Duo that have no native speakers near here and I never get to practice them. I even know a Dutchman in the next county south.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Dwyn is to steal, right? I don't recognise the 'deo' bit. Unless your username is not Welsh at all...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago
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My wife created this user name, merging her name with Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. I tried to find an Anglo-Saxon definition for it using -wyn as friend (more commonly spelled -win), but deod means "did" and it came out "did friend" and that seemed a bit unseemly for a name to extend to my own wife.

The name has no Welsh influence.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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OK, it's just 'wyn' a common ending in Welsh so that's where my brain went when I saw it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twrist
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Actually, that's not strictly true, the name comes from old Welsh. Tolkien spoke reasonable Welsh and used a lot of Welsh-influenced names in his books. There are quite a few sources online that seem to be confused as to whether the etymology is in fact Celtic or Saxon - it certainly seems that the Welsh picked it up from the Saxons, as they did many things (The word 'Saes' to mean the English in Modern Welsh being the prime example) - but the name, spelt in this Celtic way with the W as a vowel, appears most regularly in Welsh literature.

But we digress!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Yes. Saes is generally pejorative. I was going to suggest that Tolkien got it from Welsh but I'm no Tolkien fan so I didn't want to step on anyone's toes.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twrist
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Ti'n Cymro hefyd, PaCa? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Neu Cymraes! ;) (Na, dyn ydw i) Na, dim yn gwir. Fy nheulu yn dod o Iwerddon ond mi tyfais yng Nghymru.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JesterxLady

I've really wanted to learn a second language for the longest time now; however, I feel as a native English speaker it's very easy to fall into the trap of just never getting round to doing it. Part of the reason I've put off learning another language is, ultimately, I've never had need to; I love the German language (I listen to a lot of German music), but I have no real use for it. Same for French, Spanish, Italian and so on.

However, one of my close friends is Dutch and I tend to go over the the Netherlands once a year to visit. Her English is impeccable (as is pretty much every Dutch person I've ever met!) but I figured that of all the languages to learn, it would make sense for it to be Dutch. After all, that's the only non-native English speaking country I visit frequently.

So I'm learning Dutch because it will probably serve of far more use than learning German (which I started learning alongside Dutch, but found them too 'similar', so have put that off until my Dutch is much better). That, and it's a pretty quirky language. =D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taariya

Honestly, I have absolutely no reason to even want to learn Dutch. Unlike Spanish, I can't envision myself ever needing to use it. Never been to the Netherlands, don't necessarily plan on going, and no one I know speaks Dutch. But I just LIKE it for some reason. It sounds beautiful in my opinion, it's fun to speak, and it makes a lot of logical sense to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Makes a lot of logical sense to me, too. English is basically broken Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taariya

English is my first language and it still mystifies me on a daily basis. How it got this popular when there were so many better options is still a mystery to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Empire. That and it's basically a pidgin so it's easy to pick up the basics.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshua.S.Taylor

Because it's intermediate between German and English so it interested me. Also, because I'm basically trying to learn everything :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ulyo
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I used to learn latin languages when i was in high school such as spanish and portugues. But now, I just want to learn a germanic one. Why Dutch ? It is because I fell in love with the language when being on the train to Namur ,I heard the speaker giving the annoucements in Dutch. Moreover, I find the language strange and funny and I stuck at watching tv show as " de Mol" and hearing some Dutch contestants of the tv show " de Beste songwriter van Nederland" singing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mistypoison

Wie is de mol!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ulyo
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It's a Dutch Tv show in which the contestants have challenges to earn money but among them, there is someone (the mole) who sabotages and is never eliminated. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hUkplZEJ3I&index=1&list=PL7CD6AA4AE637615F

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Diederik661928

Just started watching this show based on your recommendations. Fun and educational. Bedankt !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ulyo
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I agree. have fun!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aprilina17
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I've been wanting to perfect my Dutch for a while. My mom is 100% Surinaams, so my moms side speak Dutch, and I've only lived with my mom. I'm American, but have lived in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam many years ago, so I slowly lost some of the language that I knew once before. I can understand it very well, but not speak it as keenly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BJT94
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I moved to Limburg for university (from the UK) and fell in love with the language. Duolingo is helping me learn Dutch, rather than the local dialect. as charming as it is, i can only imagine what my Dutch sounded like before having duolingo to help me :p

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CatarinaNeves138

I find it charming yes, but I'm the only one I know who thinks that :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tymes

I have moved from Slovakia to Brussels two years ago. Dutch and French are the most common languages in the city. I spent the first year learning French but yet I found myself a boyfriend, who is flemish. Even though he speaks English and French fluently, I wanted to learn Dutch because lets be honest, who wants to speak in a second language with their loved one? (he is also returning the favour by learning Slovak) Also his familly members arent fluent in English, so its kind of difficult to communicate. And since I am young, and still capable of learning a new language, why not do it?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/atticusharris

I've recently moved to Amsterdam for the first time. I learnt German at school so can translate a fair bit but my ability to have a conversation in Dutch is almost non existent. I refuse to be one of the many expats that don't take the time to learn the language!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Strique
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I'm an american, I fell in love with NL years ago, and am currently living in Amsterdam. I had previously taken German in school, and I think that does make it a little easier to start learning dutch. Its true the language isn't widely spoken, but I've always fancied myself a quality-guy more than a quantity-guy, and I'm more interested in Germanic/Scandinavian languages/cultures than I am a wide-breadth of worldly cultures. My love for Nederland, and its language, began, oddly enough, by playing video games that featured the old Dutch explorers and merchants of the Age of Expansion. Its true, the "g" doesn't sound so nice to an english-speaker, but there are belgians and limburgers than speak an accent that makes dutch sound quite charming. And, dutch people (when they're not being too reserved and conservative) are quite charming themselves when one gets to know them ^_^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Svennedude

Yay for Belgium! Just don't venture to the west side of Flanders. They butcher Dutch completely! ;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Strique
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nee hoor? ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/twrist
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I'm hoping to 'convert' to Afrikaans at some stage, as my in-laws are Afrikaners, but in the meantime I'm just enjoying learning another European language and I've got quite into Dutch culture along the way. I always watch Dutch films on KLM flights now, and I love surprising Dutch friends with my terrible broken Dutch language skills ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ngarrang
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Mild curiosity.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shras
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I had actually started leaning German, but the cases turned me off. Idle curiosity made me try Dutch, and now I love it!! I admit, it isn't the prettiest sounding language, especially with the /g/ and /ch/ sounds. But I like it, especially because of the guttural sounds, and the fact that is sounds like a cross between English and German, and the spelling with all the extra vowels. And when I tried hagelslag, stroopwaffels and drops, I knew I had to learn the language!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gelaarsd_Schaap

You mean stroopwafels. It is a long a after all :-)

Also: either 'drop' (there is no plural form of this word) or 'dropjes' (little pieces of drop).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shras
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Ahh...thanks. That's nice to know. I forgot to mention, the weird plurals in Dutch, where you add -en sometimes, -s sometimes is also something that makes it endearing. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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I don't find it it weird myself but I've not been exposed to a huge amount of Dutch. It seems like 's' is mostly used where 'en' would be awkward. Dropjeen? Dropjen? Dropjëen?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Hagelslag and stroopwafels are good but I've not tried drop - it's a form of or similar to licorice, right? You have to try frikadellen (not 100% these are strictly Dutch but the Dutch eat them) and krieken.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shras
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Yup, similar to liquorice. I have a whole list of Dutch goodies I wanna try. Hopefully, I'll be able to go to the Netherlands soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Enjoy!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michhew

I moved to Amsterdam early this year, so I must! You can get by very easily here only speaking English but I'm really keen to become fluent in Dutch as I see myself staying here for a very long time! Plus I love learning languages.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Druif
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Sorry, Michael. Even een off-topic oproepje als je het niet erg vindt: I am searching for someone to practise my conversation (spoken, so Skype etc.) on a high level in Esperanto. I am willing to help you with your Dutch conversation. My English is fluent.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hoiikbenmichael

Maakt niks uit hoor maar het kan denk ik beter in een apart topic of in het Esperanto forum :p

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rxfaelo
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I don't know why, I just like it. And yes, Dutch is that charming :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/summ1t

My fathers family is Dutch. My cousins etc speak English very well but my Aunties and uncles do not. They hold the family history as my father is not with us any more. I visited my family last year for the first time and I loved The Netherlands.

Also, at my age learning a new language is good for the brain, I feel it already.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Phlargemschnapps
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My mama.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Amaimy1612

I started to learn Flemish (Belgian Dutch) in 2007 when I studied in Leuven, Belgium as an exchange student. I found it's a lovely language ( a bit funny sound when I need to pronounce R or G ) After I moved back to Thailand, I couldn't speak it in my daily life. Even It's hard to keep remember it but, I feel like I don't wanna forget this language.

After my boyfriend invited me to study Dutch (Holland) via duolingo, I started to keep practice for 3 days already. I am learning Dutch (Holland) and found out more and more about the different between Flemish and Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AALLEEGGRRAA

In August I will come in Erasmus to the Netherlands and I want to know the language a bit, even if everyone continues telling me that I don't need to ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PieterGeerkens

Two weeks ago my daughter informed me that she had started learning Dutch on Duolingo, but didn't have anyone to practice with. So here I am learning Dutch and having a great old time.

;-)

Of course, my name probably factored into the equation also.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mreaderclt
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I originally came to Duolingto to learn Spanish, which is now very practical to know where I live. I had taken three years of Spanish in school many years ago, so it wasn't that hard to re-learn.

After I had finished the Spanish tree, I wanted to try another language here. I also wanted to try one that I had never studied before, because I was wondering how well Duo really worked. That ruled out French and German.

I did a few lessons in a few languages, and settled on Dutch. Why? A few reasons:

~ I liked the sound of it. It sounds like Yiddish. (I don't know I find that so appealing. The only time I remember hearing Yiddish was when my grandmother and her sister were saying something they didn't want the rest of us to understand.)

~ The grammar is relatively easy. I'm old. I don't need something too hard. :)

~ It's close to English. Sometimes I almost feel like I'm cheating by learning Dutch instead of a language with fewer cognates.

~ Perhaps it's also because I have fond memories of the few "real" Dutch people I've met here in the U.S., but I've always thought highly of the Dutch.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaCa826187
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Yiddish words are just fun to say.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Janice-S

My company's head office is in Belgium so it would be nice to have some basic ability to speak the language for any trips and general conversations if I can.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenoitBal

I'm living and working in Belgium, that should be the only reason. But the vacation in the north part of Belgium is my biggest reason :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrismEver

Actually I think dutch is charming! I like it a lot! I was going to learn french... but I just couldn't get in to it... then I say some people talking in dutch on an art site I'm part of and loved it, I started yesterday and I'm hooked! I'll be learning it first before any other language.

I think it's hard to see why people like your own language. I mean I understand from a practical point of view why people learn English... but why some find it cool I will never know! It sounds boring to me.

I'm learning it for fun, I have no reason to aside from that, I just want too, and I love how it sounds, I love the words, they are fun to write! :D

2 months ago