Greetings and Salutations!
First of all, I love this site, grammar confusion and puzzles just unfold here! (could there be light at the end of the tunnel after all??
Anyway, here's a little about me :
I've been dating my Dutch boyfriend for 3 and a half years now. Recently we set up our new home in Enschede. (although I'm back in Singapore for a short visit)
Most people in Holland speak english so I only started learning how to speak Dutch in the middle of this year, and it hasn't been easy.
I'm sure I've made a few hundred people chuckle (or perhaps cry?)as I read aloud to my bf during trainrides. Its sometimes hard to tell the difference between my pronounciation and my bf's, although he corrects me with stuff like "Uit, not uit" and i repeat "Uit" which sounds like his "Uit" but he doesn't quite think so
Or words like Vis, I seem to (so the people around me say) pronounce it with an english H behind.
Often I tell myself that I should just try to say "dank u wel" or "goedemorgen" or even "tot ziens" just to build up my courage, but when the opportunity is at hand to do so, I clamp up and go into auto English mode.
There has been a slight improvement recently, I'd even managed to mutter to a visitor "Wil je iets drinken"
I dont harbour hopes of saving the world or discovering a new plant, being able to hold a short conversation in Dutch would be acchievement enough for me
And to answer the question in the topic, Why Dutch? If you can't speak the language of a place where you'd call home, then that would be cheating yourself of truly being