I have been hovering silently over these forums for quite a while. I think it is time I introduced myself and started contributing.
My name is Kevin. I come from Portsmouth, England.
Knowing from school that I was well below average (read terrible) at foreign language, it would probably have been wise of me to steer clear for the rest of my life.
However, through playing online games I met some dutch speaking people. I thought it would be cool if I could speak to them in their own language.
Oh dear, the seeds of many failed attempts were set from that moment on.
They taught me a few word to write. "Hoe gaat het?" and "Goed Dank u".
After many attempts due to my bad memory and spelling, its now there sitting in my brain and I use that for all my written conversations. Speaking it is another matter, but thats one for later.
By now I was hooked of course. I started buying loads of books on dutch and here started the problem.
I had filled a bookshelf of books (and CD's) and was only able to understand the first few pages of each book!
Well, there you go, my first admittance that I am seriously thick when it comes to grammar (both english and dutch).
This wont stop me from occasionally trying to remember what a verb or a noun is, and by the looks of it, theres something called stems.
Q1) You meet someone who is completely clueless but he wants to learn Dutch. What is the first thing he should try and learn?
Q2) Where would be best place to practice?