Which book to buy for learning Dutch ( for English speakers)?
I have been going through websites such as Amazon and Flipkart regarding this and I have perhaps found some really good books; but that's just on the basis of mixed reviews and looks. So, if I can get a concise, Dutch- English grammar book which has complete stuff for excellent Dutch learning, what am I supposed to go with? Thanks!
i learned using an earlier edition of this book http://www.amazon.ca/Go-Dutch-Marian-Vooght/dp/0942566181 The first half was a detective novel in basic dutch vocab. (without an ending which you provide) the second half were current events type readings "if its thursday it must be amsterdam" with an overarching continuity about a travel agency. the survival dutch section were separate but in the above edition seems to be included and was vocab you needed for travel situations... shopping in a supermarket, things like that... there was a audiotape too of the lessons in the first section but i abandoned that quickly since our teachers (the authors of the book) were both native speakers from belgium and s. netherlands.
what a fantastic tribute to andre! well looking at the pdf table of contents this version only seems to include part 1 of my book plus survival dutch... the advanced section is not included.... i wonder if there was a second book with that section? the version of the book i have was called "treat yourself to dutch" and was laid out with an apple pc font throughout. im not sure how much later the published edition came out... but i took andre and marians class in 1990 at the university of texas and was not the only language class i took to use a work in progress text as a textbook.
It kind of depends on what you want. If you want grammar exercises with explanations, I've done Basic Dutch and part of Intermediate Dutch, both by Jenneke Oosterhoff, and have liked them. If you want to work on grammar, those would be my recommendations. Essential Dutch by Henry R. Stern is nice for a cheap, concise, pocket-type grammar guide. For more interactive, listening, etc. and exercises, Colloquial Dutch from Routledge press (forget author) is not bad - but I'd recommend both the book and the CD's, which brings the price to around $70. (Although you can do the book without the CD's, they're really made to go together.) Those are all the ones I've tried. You may be looking for a more complete grammar reference guide, like the Comprehensive Grammar from Routledge, or the Modern Grammar, also from Routledge I think. I haven't tried either of those though.