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How To Learn Dutch

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How To Learn Dutch

Dutch is considered one of the most difficult European languages in existence and for good reason. It has hundreds of years behind it as well as a lot of historical significance which has led to its development into the form that it is in today.

Believe it or not, it is also one of the most common languages spoken in the field of trading and commerce, mostly because of the fact that some of the major ports of the world are under Dutch control. Learning Dutch is something that is going to take a lot of time and a lot of effort, however, it is also something that is difficult to start but easy to continue. So, how to learn Dutch?

Learn The Alphabet Letter By Letter

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This might seem like an unnecessary step, however, you will not be focusing as much on the alphabet as a whole rather than on every individual letter and how it is pronounced. This is because Dutch has a set of pronunciation rules that are more or less unique in this world, and before you move on to more complex aspects of this language, you will need to first learn to pronounce the alphabet.

Start Learning The Words

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Once you've mastered the alphabet, you will need to start learning words. In order to make things easy for you, start off with nouns and work your way up to pronouns and verbs. Make sure that you also check the pronunciation of every new word that you learn and how it is spelled because you will need to know this for the next step.

Learn How To Write Sentences

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One of the more interesting things about the Dutch language is the fact that individual words are written one way, but words written as part of a sentence are written in another way. Once you've developed an impressive vocabulary you will need to put it to good use and learn how to write sentences. You will start off with basic sentences and simple actions and you will need to work your way up to complex phrases.

Practice, Practice, Practice

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One of the most important things that you will need to do in order to learn Dutch properly is to practice speaking and writing in Dutch. This is a lot easier said than done and in order to properly get some practice time you will often time find yourself online either browsing for Dutch books or looking for Dutch forums and chat rooms.

Luckily, the Dutch are known to be friendly and helpful so it is rather easy to practice speaking and writing Dutch once you've made a couple of Dutch friends.

Learning Dutch is no easy task and it will take you many years to fully understand this language and even more time to fully master it. Whatever your reasons may be and whatever your preferences might be, as long as you take your time, learn segments of the language properly and make sure to have the right training on hand, you will undoubtedly learn this language and enjoy everything that has to offer.

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