Re: Dutch: Easy to learn?
I took German for years so I did not find Dutch that difficult to learn once in Amsterdam. I did find it incredibly difficult to learn back home, however, because simply finding resources was difficult. I eventually ended up taking a class with a woman in her 80s, using a book that was written in the 70s. I think languages are significantly harder if you are not able to expose yourself to them. Here, for example, there are no less than 6 TV stations in Spanish and I could find a native Spanish speaker to talk to with no difficulty whatsoever. My neighbors are Guatemalan. Dutch is not a widely spoken language (at least internationally) so this makes it rather difficult to learn well without actually visiting The Netherlands or Belgium.
My two cents anyway...
Last edited by Alby84; 17th June 2013 at 5:12 PM.
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