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1. Posted by Dutchy19 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hey Guys
i've never posted anything b4 but i was just wonderin if anyone had any advice on learning how to speak dutch. I can speak, french and some russian and italian. I was wonderin if it was close to the english language at all... or does anyone have any advice on learning dutch???

Thanx guys

2. Posted by alpal (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

hey man, learning dutch is pretty dam hard. its probably the hardest of western european languages to learn. its a western germanic language by origin and, yeah it does appear to have a lot in common with both german and english. Dont be fooled though, there are reali important diferences in grammer and a lot of faux pas'.

Ive spent about a year and a half livin in amsterdam, and picked up quite a bit, but nowhere near what you would with french or spanish or any other language reali in that time space. thats cos they all speak real good english. Definelty you stand a much better chance in a rural area of the netherlands, and there are no shortages of courses to learn thru english in either the cities or in the towns.

you should def try to learn it, its a lovely language,

viel gluck en tot ziens

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I had a lot of problems with the Dutch "g" when I went to Holland!

As alpal said, the Dutch speak fluent English and it may take some time to get the hang of the language. Maybe you could take a language course and keep watching the Dutch TV channels. If you have any Dutch friends, get them to help out.

Good luck!

4. Posted by Tsjebber (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

viel gluck is german dude not Dutch :D:D

Yeah it's one of the most difficult languages in the world to speak. But if you really want to you'll be allright.

5. Posted by molleke (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hey Dutchy, you're right Dutch is very hard to learn, I can know, cause I'm Belgian and I speak it every day, the best way to learn a language (but I think that you know this) is to go to the country and just start to pick up things as you go along.
the grammar is pretty hard, so are the verbs and conjugations. To make it extra fun, there are a lot of different dialects in Dutch, for instance, the dialect that I use is totally different from the dialect that is spoken 50 kilometers further... but there's also something as AN (Algemeen Nederlands)this "civilised Dutch) kinda like Queens English but in Dutch
Veel geluk en niet opgeven!-->(good luck and don't quit!)

Molleke (Belgium);)

6. Posted by alpal (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

sori wrong spelling, never learned to write and dutch at all at all