27 August 2009


I had my Dutch Language NT2 II Diploma in 1999. I want to share with you how I learned the Ducth language.
Here are some few tips:

be a good imitator. imitate your mentor, especially the pronunciation of the letters and words
be a good listener. listen what they say and try to remember
be observant. what they do and say
be expressive. tell freely what you feel, express yourself, do it in a polite way
be honest. tell the mentor that you don't understand
be a member of (library) club
be a researcher, do not stop looking for answers till you find them.
be social. expose yourself to Dutch people, join the group
be an interrogator. ask if you don't understand
self study. don't rely the teachers.
listen to yourself. record your voice so that you will know if you get the right pronunciation
know your ability to learn. if you learn fast it is fine, if not then give enough time to study
study in your own tempo
don't give up. perseverance (doorzettingsvermogen)
lastly, be broad minded. accept individual differences, don't be angry if you are corrected. don't compare. everyone is unique.

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I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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