4 succesfull techniques for learning Dutch
- Noticing – How it is said! together with what is said/do I understand?
- Chunking – which words and combinations go together in Dutch.
- Ear-training – What you hear is not what you read. How do the Dutch speak!
- Knitting – huis/ mooi huis/ wat een mooi huis. Progress has to do with the ability of putting words together.
Would you like to learn Dutch in a fast and logical way?
➢ Build language from previous knowledge.
➢ Learn structures and ‘ways of saying’ instead of complicated grammar rules.
➢ Put emphasis on communication and building vocabulary.
➢ Understand that making mistakes is part of not being a native speaker.
Work with a lexical approach (LA)
What are the advantages of this approach?
- Instead of learning grammar progressively you‘ll start learning most frequently used vocabulary and sentences related to your environment.
- We are conditioned to think that we need grammar to learn a new language and I’m not saying grammar isn’t interesting or useful but I do know grammar doesn’t help you to speak and understand the language. It’s just not how your brain works.
- Why do we all want to learn grammar? First, we are all conditioned by old school methods. There were no other methods and there was hardly any research. Second, grammar gives us something to rely on; the idea of grasping something. It is simply easier to fill in grammar exercises than vocabulary exercises.
- LA focuses on differences in language and translation. In Dutch: ‘je hebt gelijk’ is with the verb: ‘to have’; but in English: ‘you’re right’ is with the verb ‘to be’. Always use a good dictionary.
- Focus on situation. When you have a family with children you’ll encounter different language than when you’re in a business environment.
- Focus on real language (probable rather than possible language). The language you’ll meet you won’t find in any lesson book.
- So a part of the LA is learning to ‘notice’. That means not only understanding what’s said or written but to notice how it’s said or written. Parts of language often go together –‘chunks’– if you learn chunks, you know how to react, and while you don’t even understand every word you say, you say the right thing.
There is no question why you say it in that way…
It’s just the way it is said 😉
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