Welcome to the Dutch page on Kick Start Languages! Congratulations on choosing such an unusual language for English speakers to learn! It's my favourite foreign language and I know you're going to love it! This page is designed to help you with my free 10 week language learning course on YouTube so make sure you've checked that out to fully make sense of what's to come!
Don't forget there is no 'right or wrong' way to learn the things I'm asking you to learn during the 10 week course (scroll down this page to find specific videos and translations to help you each week). These books and videos are only here as a guide - if you find other good resources use them and tell me about them on my Facebook page or in the comments on my YouTube videos!
Also, don't listen to all the nonsense about how 'hard' Dutch is because of the unusual pronunciations ' - as soon as you get used to listening to lots of Dutch on a daily basis you'll be amazed how quickly you adjust to the Dutch accent and the new sounds (particularly the Dutch 'G'). A quick hack to help you with this is to speed up YouTube videos to double speed - whilst this might seem mad by getting used to hearing Dutch people speak even quicker than they really do you'll be in a great position to understand them easily when you listen to them for real! Plus when people know you're learning a language they always slow down to help you! Also, virtually every Dutch person speaks English and, in my experience, they are just delighted that you're giving Dutch a go because so few English people bother to even learn a couple of words! Just give it a go! You've got this!
Good luck and enjoy these resources!
The best books to help you learn Dutch:
The Dummies Guide to Dutch : A great book which takes you through all the basics and gives you a CD with lots of dialogues to help you learn what Dutch sounds like.
Kindle Unlimited: There are books on Dutch and written in Dutch here. You can get a free 30 day trial and then it's £7.99 a month thereafter if you choose to carry on your subscription.
Useful YouTube channels for Dutch:
Learn Dutch: A great channel for learning Dutch by Bart de Pau.
Heb je zin: This is Bart de Pau's Dutch dual translated animated sit com. It's literally brilliant!
Bart is, in my opinion, the best teacher on the internet in any language! I cannot praise his way of teaching highly enough. It's unreal! I'm not sponsored by Bart in any way by the way! I just LOVE his output!
Specific videos for the Course:
Week 1: Greetings and numbers and a bonus cognates video (if you want it):
Week 2: Numbers 11-20 and question words.
I want you to search out your own way of learning the numbers 11-20 - either Google a list of them or search YouTube. This is important as I want you to start discovering your own favourite ways of learning rather than totally relying on me! Here's a video on the question words though (there are loads of others available if you search on YouTube if you don't like this style):
Week 3: The verbs 'to have' and 'to be':
Week 4: Learn these words!
If there is more than one translation for these terms you need to find out the differences - it is important that you do this for yourself. However, do not EVER worry too, too much about using the exact wrong word - it is far better to say something and get it wrong than to paralyse yourself going for the precisely correct term and end up saying nothing at all.
A/an = een
The = de, het
This = dit, deze
That = dat
Those = die
These = deze
Person = persoon
People = mensen
Place = plaats
Places = plaatsen
Thing = ding
Things = dingen
Week 5: 'To want' and 'To like'
There aren't any specific videos that I can find for these YouTube videos for these specific verbs but this link is probably the best bet for learning these verbs in Dutch:
Week 6: Time frames
Day before yesterday: Ergisteren
Day after tomorrow: Overmorgen
Week 7: Conjugating verbs
Week 8: Months and family members:
Week 9: Size, location and directions and body parts
Week 10: Possession