Why learn Dutch when the Dutch are so proficient at languages? Their English is impeccable.
Because not everyone speaks English. And the Dutch have a sense of humour that makes it worthwhile to understand and engage in conversation.
Here's my new plan:
Build a web site that helps me learn Dutch, helps my friend learn Chinese, and helps the Dutch and the Chinese to learn English
Step one: find out what's available online and offline
Step two: build web pages while I learn
Step three: get feedback from visitors
Must-learns for the beginner:
How much - how to count, which order, how to shop
When - days of the week, month, date, year, time
Who - am I? are you?
What - what is it, how to say it in Dutch, what does it mean
Where - how to get from one place to another, where do I live, buying train tickets
Which - colour, size, shape,
Greetings - hello, how are you, goodbye, thank you, you're welcome, apologies
Restaurants - how to order and what to get
9 October 2003 Thursday
Double Dutch - hilarious! confusing words in English and Dutch, and more
If you know German and English, learning Dutch shouldn't be that hard. Here's a site that discusses how to learn a new language.
A Yahoo-group language learning group newsletter recommends the following two books - I have to check them out and give a book review:
Donaldson, Bruce. **Beyond the Dictionary in Dutch: A Guide to Correct Word Usage for the English-Speaking Student.** 2nd ed. Bussum, The Netherlands: Coutinho, 1995 (ISBN: 90-6283-814-6). ______.
**Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar.** London and New York: Routledge, 1997 (ISBN: 0-415-15418-9 [hbk], 0-415-15419-7 [pbk]).