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Dutch: Too much translating into English, too little writing in Dutch

I am trying to learn to write and speak Dutch, and find it very frustrating that most of the questions are only about reading comprehension, i.e. ask to translate Dutch into English. I know German, so I understand a lot of Dutch - but it is much harder the other way round. When I studied French with duolingo, the exercises were much more challenging - and I learned a lot more!

3 years ago

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Try the 'reverse' course, i.e. Dutch -> English. The reverse courses, including Dutch -> English, have more translating from English into the other language. Short-cut to change course: https://www.duolingo.com/course/en/nl-NL/Learn-English-Online

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Viktoriah2014

Yes, I tried that and it is a bit better, but it is still not a perfect solution. E.g. it does not ask for the articles with nouns (Dutch people know them, obviously, but I still need to learn the gender of nouns), and it feels a bit silly to type the English sentences I hear. Still, better than nothing I guess.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

I had to do that too. It never bothered me and I never noticed it. It actually helped me a lot because I'd see cognates in German, write down the translation in English and get it right and be like "OmFG IM SomE SORT OF WIZARd hELP" and then I'd remember the word 5eva.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lilmissbaker

I so agree! I feel like I'm not retaining the words as well when all I need to do is translate, especially when it's multiple choice (app).

3 years ago
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