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September 19, 2013 / Roel

Welcome

Welcome to lessons for Dutch. This blog will provide lessons in order to teach yourself the Dutch language for free. I will cover grammar, vocabulary and phonology and the aim of this learning blog is to give you the knowledge to be able to comprehend Dutch and to use it.

We will start with a short introduction, because we want tolearn Dutch and not to know everything about the history of it, although some basic knowledge is necessary.

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Dutch language area

The language

Dutch is a Germanic language. It is related to English, Frisian, German and the Scandinavian languages and it is part of the west-Germanic languages. This means that knowing English will be of a great help when you want to learn Dutch.

The oldest known phrase is: ‘Hebban olla vogala nestan hagunan hinase hic anda thu, wat unbidan we nu?’

It means ‘All the birds have started making nests, except for me and you, what are we waiting for?’

Like you can see, a word like ‘anda’, meaning ‘and’ makes it clear that there is a relationship between Dutch and English.

Method

The most important reason why you can use this blog to learn Dutch:

I will provide texts in this blog in order to teach you reading comprehension, in a lot of blogs where you can learn a language the aim is primarily on the grammar, while reading is one of the most important aspects of learning a language.

Each lesson will contain a text and some grammar. The lessons are short in order to make it possible to work through the method fastly. Each lesson also contains vocabulary and each time you will see how much vocabulary you know if you have worked through everything. The vocabulary amount is based on the root words. This means that ‘bericht‘ is a new word, but ‘berichten‘ (plural) isn’t. Within the vocabulary, only the root word will be counted as a new learned word. There is an exception for this with the verbs ‘to be‘ in Dutch, because this is an important irregular verb with conjugations which look quite different from eachother, all other verbs however aren’t considered as containing new words in the conjugations.

Important!!

Since older words will often not be given in new lessons it’s very important to make sure that you learned the new amount of words before you go on with the next lesson, otherwise it’s possible that you won’t understand the texts anymore.

Sometimes there will be seperate posts with the vocabulary thus far and there can also be posts containing some new vocabulary and just texts.

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