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Dutch is the native language of most people in the Netherlands and about half of Belgium and Surinam. About 23 Million people speak it as a native language and about 5 Million as a second language. Dutch is also an official language of various Dutch ex-colonies in the Carribean, but English is becoming increasingly more important there. Dutch colonists in South Africa historically spoke Cape Dutch, a dialect of Dutch. But this has gradually evolved in Afrikaans and is now considered a different language

Dutch is closely related to German and English and people often say that it's inbetween those languages. Dutch used to have cases that worked like they do in German, but they don't get used since WW II. Dutch does still have genders though. These genders work similar to the way they do in German with"De" being the article for male and female nouns and "Het" being the article for Neuter words. Vocabulary wise, Dutch has a lot of Romance influence, particularly from French

Grammar Edit

Dutch grammar

Dutch grammar has similarities with English grammar is generally considered fairly easy for English speakers. some things English speakers might struggle with are:

  • De/het (use http://welklidwoord.nl/ to check)
  • Verb endings( especially in the past tense)
  • Word order in certain contexts

ResourcesEdit

General resources

Resource Duolingo Lingvist Clozemaster Memrise JW language LingQ Learning with texts
Available? Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Resource Assimil Pimsleur Michel thomas Language exchange Rosetta Stone
Available? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Dutch to English Frequency Dictionary Edit

The frequency dictionary covers about 95% of all spoken Dutch, and 85% of all written Dutch texts.

In short:

  • the 2500 most used Dutch words listed by frequency
  • frequency as part of speech ( most used nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc..)
  • Included are 2500 English to dutch example sentences showing word usage
  • phonetic spelling of Dutch words with the International Phonetic Alphabet

http://www.dutchgrammar.com

Got a lot of useful content. 

https://beterspellen.nl/ - A site that sends you small spelling excercises every day, designed for Dutch natives but maybe useful for intermediate-advanced learners too

https://www.cambiumned.nl/ - Another site that's aimed at Dutch natives who want to improve their Dutch, but that might be useful for advanced learners as well

Brotip 1: Most Dutch people speak English and are very willing to help you out if you make a mistake

Brotip 2: Because most speak English, if you really don't know how to get your point across. Just start in English.

Other learning resources and useful links Edit

onzetaal.nl - good explanations of sayings, and idioms (uitdrukkingen en spreekwoorden); explanations are in Dutch

welklidwoord.nl

TV and shows: Edit

zondag met lubach - late night Sunday show about local news and events with some comedy

Hans Teeuwen - (edgy) comedian/cabaretier from Brabant

Jochem Myjer - comedian

Ronald Goedemondt - comedian

Brigitte Kaandorp - comedian/cabaretier

Music: Edit

Acda En De Munnik (pop)

André Hazes ("Levenslied" This is a stereotypical dutch artist. Here's a Wikipedia Artical on it)

[1]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levenslied

Ali B (rap)

Party Squad (Rap/Dance)

Boudewijn De Groot (Folk)

Guus Meeuwis ("Levenslied"/pop)

Tiesto (EDM/Trance)

Afrojack (EDM/Dance)

Yes-R (Rap)

Heidevolk (Folk Metal)

Movies: Edit

De Lift (The Elevator

Abel (Abel is a semi-common name in The Netherlands

Van God los (Godforsaken)

Zwart Boek (Black Book)

Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Doktor (Stricken. Literally translates to "A Woman Goes To The Doctor)

Amsterdamned (No explanation needed i suppose)

Het Diner (The Dinner)

Kankerlijers (Cancer Sufferers. Kankerlijer is a paticular heavy insult in Dutch and is frowned upon)

App

Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight)

Borgman   

Books Edit

https://www.scholieren.com/nederlands/boeken - a list of books that are popular with high schoolers for their literature classes. It's in Dutch, but if you want to read Dutch adult literature when you can't even navigate a site in Dutch i honestly don't know what to tell you.

Louis Couperus- De komedianten(make sure you don't get a 1920's version)

Childrens books Edit

Jip en Janneke by Annie M.G schmidt(5-6Yrs)(It should be noted that the language is very simplified)

Doflje weerwolfje by Paul van Loon (8-9Yrs)

Mees Kees by Mirjam oldenhave (9-10Yrs)

Koning van katoren by Jan Terlouw(10-12Yrs)

Kruistocht door spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman (11-12Yrs)

Oorlogswinter by Jan Terlouw(12-14Yrs)

As with a lot of languages, The Dutch translation of Harry Potter reads well.


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