A great way of learning a language in the context of actual sentences and stories is children’s books. There are a few really famous Dutch ones and i have managed to come across some pdf stories. I’ve found quiet a few about a dog named Waldo, some are generic and some are Christmas themed. I’ve saved them all onto my laptop but cant find what website I found them from to tell you all. I will tag the pdf in this post though if any of you fancy a read. I was quite impressed with how much I understood of the text i read “EEN NIEUW HUIS VOOR TOM“. I’d say from the first read through I understood about 60%. When I went through it again page by page that probably increased to about 75%. I was very impressed. Here is my understanding of the story on a semi-page by page basis:
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I’ve just spent the last hour sorting out my “Nederlands Map” (Dutch Folder) and sectioning off all of my working sections. It has inspired me to post on my blog the different sections I work from at the moment in my early stages of learning Nederlands and I am going to share with you my timetable for my Dutch College course for the next 2 months.
As far as I know it doesn’t actually translate into a proper word (let me know if it does, i’d be interested to know about it and keep my blog factual). But that is irrelevant, this word helps us to identify how to conjugate a verb. This works for all tenses but I’m going to talk about it in the context of the present tense. I have talked about this is a previous post, so you could say all I am doing is going over it in a different way. If you are reading this post first I would recommend you checking out the post on The Past Tense. There is lots more information on there too!
This is a 4 step process so keep with me and look at each step, when we put them all together it is a pretty much foolproof method (disclaimer: there are exceptions, obviously, its Dutch, I’m convinced they make some of this stuff up as they go along!)
I haven’t blogged in nearly a week! Oh deary me! From the look of my ‘Reader’ list not many people have been blogging this week either. I have had a crazy week of work and housesitting at a place with no internet and my phone decided to stop running data too so I have been a tad MIA minus the occasional cheeky instagram picture!
Mijn Nederlands deze week… has been slow and steady. I’ve been surviving off my DuoLingo app and progressing rather nicely. Its great that I don’t need constant internet for it to work so I can use it when I am out and about. I happen to think its going rather well and I am fulfilling my agreed 25 mins + every day!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know how hard I’ve been working on my Dutch comprehension for the last 2 months. We are talking an average of 1.5 hours EVERY day. Now I know that is a lot i am fully aware of that but i have this innate fear of being in something over my head and feeling like a rabbit in the headlights. Last night was the first official day of my course after the mix up last week.
The same lovely 13 people turned up and hooray we had a tutor! Everything was looking good. We went into the room and sat down randomly at tables it was all very lovely. Then it occurred to me that our tutor was a little nervous which is to be expected. She come from The Netherlands originally. As the class progressed I couldn’t help but to think that it was a little TOO basic for me and it has left me a tad disappointed. In each session the tutor plans to cover some culture, some history, a little practical speaking and a vocab sheet. Here is what we covered today.
Another little review for you here. I’ve been assured by the lovely people on Twitter that Rituals Costmetics is a ‘typical Dutch brand’ and that is where I was first introduced to it, also from my experience it seems like there are more of these stores dotted around the Netherlands than anywhere else I’ve been in Europe! Certainly compared to England where there are practically none near where I live.
Rituals. It’s a store that I wouldn’t necessarily have ever walked into on impulse but I can safely say it’s the best thing that ever happened to me! I adore every single one of their products that I have tried and could not speak more highly of if I tried! I’ve hyperlinked all of my favourite products too!