Having the right attitude is a huge part of learning a language. Because learning to speak a new language takes our full engagement and focus, learning Dutch as a non-native speaker is no different. On the road to our goal to speak Dutch fluently, we need to foster an attitude of excitement, determination and creativity in our learning. When we are learning and having fun, we naturally form stronger connections, which can go on to kickstart our language learning practice.
There are numerous ways to have fun while learning Dutch. It is important to remember that when you have fun when learning a foreign language, you are open to retaining the knowledge from your lesson. But when you are stressed or not in the right frame of mind, you mostly forget everything and have more trouble to retain information.
This small change in your emotions can have a crucial effect on your learning capabilities. So when you are choosing the method to use to learn the Dutch language. Make sure that you are consciously choosing things which are an enjoyable form of learning for you.
If you like movies, incorporate them into your learning, If you like classrooms make sure you find a language school with the right class for you. If you enjoy learning through games, make sure that you introduce some games and download some apps. The multilingual learning landscape is yours to sculpt to suit you and help you maximise your potential.
A major part of learning to speak a new language is using your courage actually to speak to native mother tongue Dutch speakers. Even though Dutch people are very friendly and for the most part in Amsterdam, will speak English to help you to communicate more clearly. It can still be very nerve-racking to take that first step to say a foreign word out loud.
But the truth is that because the Dutch are so used to accommodating foreigners by speaking in English. Any effort that you make to speak the Dutch language will earn you a big smile. This is indeed where you will see the quote “it’s the thought that counts” in action. You do not need to be perfect, but you should take the first step to make an effort, and that is how you impress a native Dutch speaker.
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English words are first Dutch words follow and (Words in brackets are spelt phonetically to help you with Dutch pronunciation)
Once you have had the chance to gain your confidence with those beginner Dutch phrases why not make a local laugh with a very typical term which explains that you don’t understand. They wouldn’t expect you to know this phrase especially as a beginner, so this is another way to impress a Dutch native.
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No matter what most people carry their phone with them every day, everywhere. So it only makes sense that if we want to learn Dutch and maximize our learning time, that we download a few apps. Mobile apps are a great way to have fun while learning in the grey time that we tend to waste. Grey time would be while you wait in line or sit on the metro. While these mobile apps can work to be your primary language learning tool. They also make fantastic add-ons to any Dutch learning routine.
Memrise uses a flashcard system to teach you how to speak Dutch. It has an amazing way to refresh what you have learnt by rotating through a good mix of new words and old words great if you are good at memorizing. This app is available on Android and IOS and has free and paid versions.
Bravolol is an online and offline integrated learning system that helps you to learn and retain as much Dutch as possible. Like Memrise it uses a flash card style of learning that can really empower your vocabulary. This is a fun app that it is available on Android and IOS for free.
This fun apps has tons of features including a translator, a speech checker for you to refine and brush up on your words and speaker mode where it reads the words on the cards to you. There is no doubt that this app can help with all forms of your Dutch language learning and especially your pronunciation. It is available free, on Android and IOS
When learning Dutch this fun app is game central, it would be hard not to enjoy learning your learning experience with Duolingo. It has a robust interface and allows you to immerse yourself in mastering Dutch. It is a great free online app. via the Android and IOS app store, or their website
One of the best language apps on the market with lots of languages available to learn for free. This app is full of games and lessons that flow like an online course, and it also tracks your progress to ensure that you are retaining the language that you have learnt. You can use the app for free or upgrade. This is available online via the Android and IOS app store, or their website.
Rosetta Stone is your digital language teacher in an app. From lesson 1 you will be guided to start speaking. This beautiful software and full of multimedia lessons which will improve your fluency. They have many native Dutch people in the audios so you can be sure that you are being guided well with the audios in the software. Available for free and paid via the Android and IOS app store, or their website.
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Books and newspapers both have a unique aspect in the language learning environment. Newspapers are great for getting bite-sized information that is updated daily and shares Dutch culture with the reader. Books, on the other hand, can be more challenging but follow a narrative which can keep your attention for the duration of the book. They are both invaluable kinds of literature and incredibly useful while learning Dutch.
This is a great paper to help dutch language learners, it is a long-running paper and has an uplifting tone. https://www.trouw.nl/
This newspaper reports general news from all over the world. https://www.volkskrant.nl/
This paper is perhaps the equivalent of the UK paper the Guardian, it has a good dose of news and culture. https://www.nrc.nl/
Great for all people who like to read about finance. https://fd.nl/
I am not sure if I ever met someone who didn’t want to watch movies, they are such an integral part of entertainment these days and come in so many forms that no matter what taste you have you can not fail to enjoy the experience. It only makes sense to integrate something that is so much fun into your daily language study routine.
Finding Dutch media to watch is very accessible despite where you live in the world. You can find Dutch movies and Dutch films on Netflix, or Youtube, as an option on DVDs, and not to mentions via specific websites and at film festivals. You are literally surrounded with opportunities to learn and immerse yourself in Dutch culture.
When you find something to watch it is important, however, not just to sit back and watch it start to finish. Although you want to enjoy watching the film, you should also use it as an opportunity to deepen your learning and understanding of the language.
Every person who learns a foreign language want to retain the language and learn quickly. The best way to do that is to study every day and to be genuinely interested and happy about learning the language. When you are active in your learning and practice daily the only result of that can be a success. The way to achieve that is definitely a personal choice, however.
There is no right or wrong way to study, nor is there a boring or fun way to study. What really replaces that is what is the best and most fun way to study for ‘you’. Once you have fine-tuned this routine. Make sure that you are regularly practising it and incorporating it into your learning process. Don’t be afraid to do a bit of everything either and create your own tailor-made way to learning the language.