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♥ Progress: Learning Dutch. ♥Category: (general)
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
04:29:30 PM (GMT)
Yey, tomorrow is Turkey Day. X3 Today is the day my mom starts making pumpkin pies.
:D I love pumpkin pie. ♥ Thanksgiving is fun. :O

It's like 30 degrees right now. It looks like it's going to snow, but I'm not sure. I
hope it does. :D I can't wait~! X3

So... yesterday (last night, actually) I decided I wanted to learn how to speak
Dutch. Why? Because I'm Dutch, and I can't speak it or anything. So, I thought, I'm
going to teach myself! (I learn better teaching myself anyway, I can go at my own
pace.) I found some websites last night and took notes and practiced and wrote things
down. I had to start from the very basics, though, but I'm still learning, yey! :D
This'll be my third language. So far, I'm doing pretty well, I think. The only issues
I'm having is the pronunciation. There's tons of things you have to pronounce in
different ways than English, and you have to be careful, otherwise there's
misunderstandings. @_@; Dutch is a Germanic language, which I didn't know. :O Anyway,
here's some that I learned so far:

Hallo. Ik ben Nicole. Ik ben 17 jaar. Dit is Doo en Christophr. Zij staat, en hij
zit. Ik houd van de kleurs roos en wit. Hoe u bent?


"Hallo, Doo. Het raam is open."
"Nr, het raam is dicht... Hoe u bent?"
"Ehh, nr. Het raam is open, sluit-het!"
"U doet het."
"Nr, u doet het. U open-het."
"Haha. Stil ben."
"Nr u!"

A violent fight erupts over who should close the window.
I like how they say "u" if you're talking directly to someone.

"How are you?" turns to "Hoe u bent?", which sounds pretty wrong if you don't say it
right. So for you lazy people, you can actually type "u" when talking directly to
someone. Kinna sounds like "how you been?".

And the whole feminine and masculine verbs (oh, how I loathe thee). Same with

Ik zit.
Jij zit.
Hij zit.
Zij zit.

Not the case with this one, which is good, but with others like lo-pen:

Ik loop.
I run.

Jij loopt.
You run.

Hij loopt.
He runs.

Zij loopt.
She runs.

Yes, there's much more but I don't want to type it all. @_@; I'm learning, though! :D
It's actually pretty fun. It takes a while, but I'm enjoying it.
That's all for now. :3

Kari8899 says:   21 November 2007   362879  
Wow! Cool!!
‹underage› says:   25 November 2007   595521  
Wowies, that's awesome Ren-chan!
I only know "I miss you"..... ;_____;
Ik missen jou...... right?
I learned it because my friend's penpal is Dutch....
...And he taught her a little Dutch...
And my friend went away for the summer...
So... we always PMed each other saying that...
Lyncheh says:   18 December 2007   361562  
DUTCH. I love Dutch, I am going to learn it!
Lyncheh says:   27 December 2007   217697  
I can speak German and it looks similar. ^^
callie11 says :   4 January 2008   838259  
Cool. I wish I know another language, I'm learning Italian, but it's
so hard. I HATE HATE HATE the whole feminine/masculine thing. And
verbs, they make my brain hurt.


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