Beginner from the United States

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Polymorphist
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Beginner from the United States

Post by Polymorphist » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:15 am

Hello,

I've been interested in foreign languages for a long time but never took the steps toward learning. There weren't very many opportunities for learning while I was growing up as serious foreign language training wasn't really offered when I was in school. I have always debated with myself over which language to learn - a practical one such as Spanish (at least for us Americans) or an interesting one such as Dutch or Danish. I'm settling on Dutch for a couple of reasons. First, my grandmother's parents emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in the very early part of the 20th century. They settled with other Dutch immigrants in Holland, Michigan, where I was also raised. She spoke Dutch but did not teach the language to her children. The second reason is that i've always been interested in South Africa and as such have become curious about Afrikaans. I have discovered that the US Foreign Office lists Afrikaans as the easiest language for native English speakers to learn, so I set out to try and learn. I've spent the past couple of weeks reading and studying some Afrikaans and have decided that since the it is based on Dutch then why not just learn Dutch? I also thought that I would have a problem finding Afrikaners to practice and speak with.

So, this is why i'm here. I've been visiting a variety of sites and have been seeking Dutch language classes where I live (I reside in Seattle now). If anyone here happens to have any information on Dutch courses in the Seattle area, please do let me know.

Thanks!

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Re: Beginner from the United States

Post by ngonyama » Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:08 pm

Welcome Polymorphist,

If you can find Dutch speaking people where you live that would be a big advantage. Otherwise there might be people here you will skype with you. (Not me). This site is particularly useful for grammar reference and for questions you have. One way to use us is to write some simple sentences and let us correct them for you. Of course that helps more with the written than with the spoken language, but it does help.

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Re: Beginner from the United States

Post by Vilmos » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:12 am

I can help you with Afrikaans, if you're still looking for someone. I am a native Dutch speaker, but I am also advanced in Afrikaans.

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Re: Beginner from the United States

Post by adappel » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:34 am

Hi

Start here if you want to start learning Dutch:
www.toetstgn.nl
If you have an iPad -
https://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/inburge ... Id=1449142
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