Why Dutch?

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Why Dutch?

Just out of curiosity
96
20%
Settling in Holland / Belgium
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12%
Work in Holland / Belgium
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11%
Study in Holland / Belgium
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7%
Preparing for the Inburgeringsexamen
6
1%
Dutch speaking parents
17
4%
Dutch speaking partner
105
22%
Other
101
22%
 
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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Vilmos » Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:56 pm

Succes ingframin, het feit dat jij wél de moeite wilt doen om te integreren is bewonderenswaardig. :)

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by sophiawhite » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:40 am

In my point of view we have to learn atleast some languages from around the globe. If i talk about The Dutch ... Its a beautiful language and helps to connect all over Europe because we see many people who speaks in this language. It helps you to listen them and also for a good chat.
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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Gary Cavie » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:53 pm

Hello everybody.

I've just joined this forum to help with learning Dutch. I first went to the Netherlands when I was 9 years old, back in 1978, with my Dad who was a long distance lorry driver. I fell in love with the place and people, and went with him every chance I got, probably 40-50 times before he stopped driving. I have also been there many times on holidays, and still love the place and people.

Now I am a lorry driver, and aim to eventually work for a company which will mean driving to the Netherlands regularly, and would like to learn Dutch to help me in this. I have learned bits and pieces of Dutch over the years, but not to the extent that I can hold a long conversation - hopefully this year will be the one when I learn to do this!

Thanks all


Gary

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Bert
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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Bert » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:25 pm

Hello Gary,

Welcome here. Your story is an interesting one.
Gary Cavie wrote:I have learned bits and pieces of Dutch over the years, but not to the extent that I can hold a long conversation - hopefully this year will be the one when I learn to do this!
This sounds like a New Year's resolution. :)
The first six months will be very tough but don't give up: it's a privilege to speak this special language.

Veel succes,
Bert

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by tetsuo » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:24 am

Nieuwsgierigheid maar zij is ook nog een andere aanleiding. Ik wil Nederlands leren omdat ik eene taal meer spreken kan. Ik heb enkele problemen arbeid te vinden. Zij zijn enkele problemen wat mijne gezondheid betrefft. Ik wil mijne kansen verbeteren en ik leer graag nieuwe taalen. Daarom leer ik ook nog Spaans. Het iz erg moeilijk, in het bijzonder de Spaans spraakleer. Maar mijn Spaans is ook een beetje beter geworden. En, ik ben ook verslaafd naar het muziek. Ik luister veele verschillende genres, ook Nederhop (Hip Hop met Nederlandse texten) en ik wil het begrijpen. Wel eens. ;-) Ik schrijf ook voor een Duitse website en wenn ik Nederlands kan, kan ik ook nieuws begrijpen de misschien interessant voor de Duitse website zijn. Ze zijn veele aanleidigen.

P.S. As always, if you find any errors in my text please correct the errors and I'll learn. I won't be angry about that. ;-)

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Bert » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:37 pm

tetsuo wrote:Nieuwsgierigheid, maar er is ook nog een andere aanleiding. Ik wil Nederlands leren om ik een taal meer te kunnen spreken kan. [Ik wil Nederlands leren opdat ik een taal meer kan spreken.] Ik heb enkele problemen met het vinden van arbeid te vinden. [... met het vinden van een baan/job.] Er zijn enkele problemen wat mijn gezondheid betreft. [Wat mijn gezondheid betreft, zijn er enkele problemen. Ik heb enkele gezondheidsproblemen.] Ik wil mijn kansen verbeteren en ik leer graag nieuwe talen. Daarom leer ik ook nog Spaans. Het is erg moeilijk, in het bijzonder de Spaanse spraakkunst. Maar mijn Spaans is ook een beetje beter geworden. En, Ik ben ook verslaafd aan het muziek. [Muziek is een de-woord, maar hier hoef je volgens mij geen lidwoord te gebruiken.] Ik luister naar veel verschillende genres, ook Nederhop (Hip Hop met Nederlandse teksten) en ik wil het begrijpen. Wel eens. [?] ;-) Ik schrijf ook voor een Duitse website en als ik Nederlands kan spreken, (dan) kan ik ook het nieuws begrijpen dat misschien interessant voor de Duitse website interessant is. [... en als ik Nederlands kon spreken, (dan) zou ik ook het nieuws begrijpen dat misschien interessant is voor de Duitse website.] Er zijn vele [verschillende] aanleidigen.

P.S. As always, if you find any errors in my text please correct the errors and I'll learn. I won't be angry about that. ;-)

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by tetsuo » Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:53 am

@Bert
Dank u wel!
Seems that my setence structure isn't completely correct - yet.
"Wel eens" should mean sometimes. You made a ? behind it. What do I use in Dutch?

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Bert » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:50 pm

Graag gedaan. :)
Yes, I thought you wanted to express 'sometime (in future)' with 'wel eens' but I was (and am) not sure whether it could also be used for a future reference. Maybe Vilmos will tell us. :) In addition, according to the big Van Dale and het Witte Boekje it should be written as one word: 'weleens'.

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Joke » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:55 pm

'Weleens' is correct if you want to say sometimes (=every now and then, not always). But 'soms' is a more common translation for this meaning.
If you mean 'sometime in the future', you'd better use 'ooit'.

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Bert » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:53 pm

Dank je wel.

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Czar » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:46 am

Basically as a hobby. Because I am fascinated with Dutch Culture :)

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by tetsuo » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:41 pm

Joke wrote:'Weleens' is correct if you want to say sometimes (=every now and then, not always). But 'soms' is a more common translation for this meaning.
If you mean 'sometime in the future', you'd better use 'ooit'.

Dank je wel. I meant sometime in the future I could understand - see sentence before in the original text. So, ooit would be right. Interesting. Thanks.

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Aliceaimee » Sat May 18, 2013 5:25 pm

Hello/Dag
or maybe goedenavond?
I'd like to move to either Belgium or the Netherlands in the next year or so. I work in an art gallery and since there are plenty of museums hopefully I should get a job eventually! I speak French fluently (I'm a slightly French English person!) so I would probably choose Belgium over the Netherlands for the first year anyway, to that end I'm going to spend a month in Brussels next year to look for jobs and get a feel for the place. I'm hoping that because it's a bilingual city I can speak French and learn Dutch in a more relaxed way, perhaps practice in nearby Antwerp...
Even though I know a lot of people speak English I hate to be an imperialistic English type who just expects it :)
Alice

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Joke » Sun May 19, 2013 10:15 am

Aliceaimee wrote:Even though I know a lot of people speak English I hate to be an imperialistic English type who just expects it :)
Nice attitude!

Welcome to this forum and succes with you plans!

Joke

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Re: Why Dutch?

Post by Big Andy » Fri May 31, 2013 1:59 pm

Hoi!

Ik ben nieuwe hier. Ik ben proberen Nederlands leer. Ik werk voor een groot Bank en heb veel Nederlands klant. Ik hoop mijn Nederlands is niet slecht.

Groetjes

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