Learning Dutch – International Student Vlog
Hello this is Konrad and this is my second video blog and Since we are in the Netherlands, I couldn’t think of a better subject than learning Dutch Ik ben Konrad. Ik spreek een beetje Nederlands… and then my girlfriend Lara Is a little more talented. She speaks Portuguese, English obviously, Conversational Japanese. Whilst I speak American English and British English So I have a bit of catching up to do and that is why I have given my few helpful tips, so far, for learning Dutch So the great thing about being a student the University of Groningen Is actually that they give you 50 free hours of courses and so Lara & myself did actually complete the first class And you’ll see by the certificate and this says I have an A1 level of speaking Dutch Which means I probably have the Dutch speaking equivalent of A small Dutch child But in all seriousness, honestly this class has been awesome just for the basic counting Asking how much something is, to be able to greet people, even walking around reading signs. Especially when I first moved here, there would be times when I’d be in the supermarket spending like 25 minutes just looking at two types of butter trying to work out Which one is unsalted. I would recommend it to any University of Groningen student coming in as it’s gonna Help you. So, for 50 hours of classes. There’s two classes, so I’ve already done one and Lara and myself will be taking up the second part soon. I’d say one of the biggest things get your head wrapped around, when you move, is probably that the ‘G’ And if you haven’t noticed already. I guess it’s good living in Groningen because the ‘G’ obviously has that [Attempt at pronouncing the Dutch ‘G’] Noise So you might sound like a purring cat. There are a few moments when you learn a language I think, where you have that kind of mind-blowing moment where you realize that everything You knew is wrong, and I think the best example of that is probably the famous painter van Gogh Basically our whole life everyone that I’ve known has been saying van “Go” instead of van Gogh, and my mind goes. Another really awesome thing about coming to this country Is that obviously when you’ve moved to a foreign place you get worried about the language But I believe it’s about 90 to 93 percent of Dutch people can converse in English which is crazy It’s been multiple times, that I’ve just asked someone “what’s the best way to say this in Dutch?” and honestly I think you really try, people are happy to help and you’ll see it everywhere I mean a lot of signs might have mixed English mixed Dutch. Even when you go to the movies Usually most films are in English just with Dutch subtitles So as far as the learning curve goes that really helps And so that’s wrap for another video blog And if you just follow those simple steps you should soon be able to say things such as ‘Nu komt de aap uit de mouw’ And ‘Een slag van den molen weg hebben’ So until next time… tot ziens.