I have only just found this forum and this is my first post, so I thought tell you about my experiences of learning so far.
I have been learning Dutch on and off for quite a few years but if I am honest not that seriously and with great lapses of time in between periods of study. This was not really a problem as I live in the UK and my only reason for learning was having Dutch friends and a love of Holland.
About four months ago a friend loaned me the Rosetta Stone Dutch course (all three parts), this awakened my interest and I thought I would make a real serious attempt to learn. Rosetta Stone is very expensive and I expected great things of it, it is very user friendly and fun to use and over the past few months I have been working my way through it. I am now on part three and over half way though, so now not that far from the finish of the course. My scores for the lessons have been consistently high ranging from 85% to 100%, which greatly encouraged me. My thinking was if I am getting high scores I must be doing really well and learning a lot, sadly I don’t think this is true. I have increased my vocabulary somewhat but I don’t think I am any the wiser about grammar whatsoever, I will finish the course but I am quite disappointed with Rosetta Stone I have to say.
When my Dutch friends heard about my serious attempts to learn Dutch, they found and sent me a second-hand copy of the Ijsbreker 1 course (book and CD rom). I have only just started using this but I already have a much better feeling about this than Rosetta Stone, in as much as I do feel I am actually learning something, anyway time will tell I guess. I am also watching Dutch TV on satellite as much as I can, particularly the children’s TV early in the morning, which worryingly is getting quite addictive
Really enjoying reading the posts in this and the other forums, - comments and any suggestions on my experiences all very welcome.