Some people learn Dutch faster than others. This is a fact. But why? Of course this has to do with motherland, background and education. But even more important is your overall skill set.
There is one skill that is most important for learning Dutch, and that skill is listening.
Forget about the meaning of the words, but start to listen to intonation and rhythm. Start with getting the feel of the Dutch language.
THE BENEFITS OF LISTENING WELL
By listening well, you’ll also learn to speak Dutch well. Improve therefore your listening skills, because:
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The sentence het gaat wel is very often misunderstood by English speakers. They interpret it as it goes well, while in reality the meaning is mwah or so-so. Let’s check what Google Translate makes of it.
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All students Dutch know that they have to practise speaking Dutch. Even when you have a Dutch partner, some nice colleagues or friends, this can be hard to do. Common problems are:
When you are a high educated expat, chances are that you don’t like small talk at all. When you’re an introvert like me, you might not even know how to do it. Why would anyone like to engage in meaningless chitchat or even gossip?
I’ll explain why and how in this article: small talk is a very useful tool in learning Dutch (or any other foreign language)
What is small talk?
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Teun van de Keuken is a food critic, but the owner of the coffee bar he frequents is most likely not aware of this. The boss reacts disturbed when the customers address him in Dutch. He wants to be addressed in his mother tongue (English) by his customers. When Teun asks for ‘de rekening’ he looks disturbed.
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Speaking Dutch can be way more troublesome than reading or writing. During my time as a native speaker at the tables of the Dutch Language MeetUp Group, I’ve seen highly educated expats struggle with just that.
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Now that you live here, you’ll have to study the depths of Dutch Culture. Luckily you stumbled upon me so I can guide you through it. Here we have Andre van Duin who molests an elderly lady with his tears. Never mind the cranky translation of the song – in Dutch it’s worse!
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