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Nederlands leren

I would love to learn Dutch but I never could when I was there because of multiple events (the story would be too long to tell).

I do know simple stuff and I can manage to understand when reading. Understanding people speaking is more difficult because there are many accents and the sounds of the language are not very usual to me as a French speaker.

I remember last fall when I went back with my boyfriend, I used to order my food, my beer and ask questions of any kind. Patrick was impressed and so was I sometimes because I didn’t remember I knew so much and I realized that my Dutch learning had been subliminal (working at Sirene, reading the paper, trying to understand people having conversations). The sad thing is that as soon as people would talk back, I’d have a hard time to catch what they were saying.

I had already started to learn German before I went to the Netherlands (and it helped me a lot) and this is something I could easily continue as there are Goethe Institutes pretty much all-over the world. But I feel that learning Dutch would be more useful to me because one of my plans is to go back again and stay there for a while. I don’t know when yet but it’s definitively something I want to do.

I’ve been looking for a Dutch class here in Montréal and there are none. Then I asked the embassy for private teacher references. Any number they gave me turned out to be out of order. OK, so what I am supposed to do now?

You can ask yourself why the hell I want to learn this language that is only spoken by 24 millions people and also the fact that you can EASILY live there without knowing one word of Dutch (if you speak english). Well, it’s because I am linked emotionally to the country and to the works of Dutch people. If I am going to go live back there, I want to show some respect to their culture. I like that people moving in Québec speak French or at least make an effort to do so, therefore I ask myself the same when I go abroad.

If you can teach Dutch or if you know someone who does (in Montréal), please let me know.

If you are curious to hear what Dutch sounds like and hear the special accent from Rotterdam, go see this video about Gyz LaRivère explaining his project on giving Rotterdam his heart back.

Publié dans la catégorie Uncategorized, le 24 February 2008

4 réponses à Nederlands leren

  1. Par Martine 

    le 24 February 2008 à 12:38

    There’s a Dutch blogger who comes to Yulblog almost every month! His name is Marc (also known as Mare) and I think Patrick knows him. Here’s his contact info:

  2. Par Chris 

    le 24 February 2008 à 21:11

    Funny, I actually went through the same thing. After my first trip to Holland in ’99 (been back 5 times since), I wanted to learn Dutch so bad, but could not find any resources in Montreal. I ended up taking German @ the Gothe Institute instead… not sure why. Anyhow, the only thing I found for the Dutch to help was a book series called Teach Yourself Dutch which comes with 2 CDs and I managed to find this software called Rosetta Stone.
    One of my dreams in life is to move to Amsterdam… I consider it to be my second home. However, it seems that moving there as a Canadian and as a graphic designer, it would be almost impossible to find work there. Also now being in my early thirties, the reality of this dream seems to be slipping as I think there are less and less opportunities for work…. How did you manage to do it? Was it though an exchange?

  3. Par Alphast 

    le 25 February 2008 à 6:23

    Salut Marie-Claude,

    Je recommande toujours la méthode Assimil. Tu peux la trouver sur Internet (ça doit être et ça coute une cinquantaine d’Euros par an.

  4. Par Marie-Claude 

    le 25 February 2008 à 7:59

    MARTINE, merci. Je suis déjà allée sur son blog auparavant, je tâcherai de lui parler s’il vient au Yulblog!

    CHRIS, what I did is I got a visa “Travel & Work” (you have to be between 18-30 to get it). I found a place to stay before I left Canada, thanks to Alphast who I didn’t even know at the time.

    I did know a little bit about some of the major agencies but I didn’t have a job before I left and I had never been to the Netherlands before. I just quit everything here, expecting to leave for a year with nothing planned ahead. I had enough money to stay for two months if if didn’t work out.

    I went in total to two interviews in Amsterdam and one in Rotterdam (which is where I go hired after a month). I also went to meet some graphic designers in studios without asking for a job (Dumbar, Proforma, Zee and Barlock). People were very nice to me. I was surprised to see that I was so welcome just to visit, show my portfolio and discuss a bit.

    ALPHAST, merci pour ton lien; je vais m’informer. Je cherche surtout un prof ‘en vrai’ question de me motiver et de pratiquer mais d’apprendre par soi-même via des méthodes ça peut donner un coup de pouce aussi.

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