Hallo, mijn naam is Jane.
I'm fairly new here, and I'm an absolute newbie at learning Dutch! I have a Dutch boyfriend who lives in Holland, whilst I live in England - 500 miles from where he does. We've been together for a roughly 2 years or so now, and in Spring 2014 I'm hoping and praying I get to visit him (he has been to England three times since we've been together) and finally meet his family. Now I know at least his two sisters and his mum speak English, some basic but they can at least understand what I'm saying. It's just I don't want to look like a total tool and seem like I haven't been trying to even learn the basic stuff when I do meet them, because frankly I'd love to be able to conversate with his family - and I want our future children to also be proud of their heritage and know both English & Dutch. I would also like to be able to understand things when we go out as a couple, I know he is Dutch and he'd probably tell me what things mean as we go along - but I'd just love to surprise him and be like "Oh doesn't that mean *insert word*" and to see his little face light up when he finds out I've been trying my hardest to learn his language even if he is fluent in English and has been for about 12 years (we've known eachother for 3.5).
So I'm pretty much doing it for love, and for family purposes as I consider his family, my family - as does mine consider him family etc. I decided to join here because I know there are others probably in the same predicament as I am, or situation - rather, and I read some posts as a guest of the forum but I took the plunge and joined. You all seem lovely from what I've read so far.
Nice to meet you all
P.S If you wonder why I haven't asked my boyfriend to teach me Dutch yet is because - I know it sounds embarrassing - I haven't got the confidence to ask someone I know so intimately for help. I'm more at ease asking strangers or people who are used to teaching people things for a living as I don't feel as forced and I know I can ask for help without being red in the face. I'm a bit backwards regarding that!