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Dutch

I failed at trying to learn Dutch (Nederlands)  before my trip to the Netherlands in Spring 2016.  How so? The Dutch wanted to speak English with me! I’m learning it little by little as it has some similarities to German. In Belgium, I didn’t use it as much either. I’m still going to learn it damn it. Tot ziens!

Links

  1. BBC Languages – Dutch – although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
  2. Dutch Grammar – well, it is what it is. Dutch grammar lessons.
  3. DutchPod101.com – there are free language resources and then there’s premium content. They also have a YouTube channel and a podcast.
  4. Easy Languages – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
  5. Free Language – Dutch – free language resource library with other languages available. Start here: Beginner Dutch Audio.
  6. Future Learn: Dutch – free language course.
  7. IELanguages – Dutch – free language resource library with other languages available.
  8. LearnDutch.org – there are free language resources and there’s also premium content. Check out the YouTube channel: Learn Dutch with Bart de Pau.
  9. Live Lingua – Dutch – I discovered this one kind of late. They have other languages available is probably one of the most comprehensive online language learning libraries I’ve seen to date.
  10. SquidTV – listings of television channels and radio stations. Check out Belgium and the Netherlands for Dutch.
  11. TaalPortaal – also a great resource for Afrikaans and Frisian.
  12. WikiTravel: Dutch Travel Phrasebook – you also get a quick guide to Flemish.

Apps

  1. Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
  2. Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
  3. Mango Languages subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
  4. Polly Lingual free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Zeer Goed Dutch and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors.  Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
  5. Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.

Books

  1. Routledge Colloquial Dutch: The Complete Course for Beginners
  2. Lonely Planet: Dutch Phrasebook & Dictionary
  3. In-Flight Dutch: Learn Before You Land by Living Language
  4. Hugo in Three Months: Dutch  by Jane Fenoulhet

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