Many people have difficulty speaking the Dutch language. How about you?
To make it easier, it may help to concentrate on reading and listening to Dutch first. Passive mastery of the language can help you to actively use the language later on. You work on expanding your vocabulary at your own speed first. In this blog, I will give you some tips on how to read and listen to more Dutch. Try a number of ways and find out what suits you best. Make sure you have fun, then you’ll learn faster!
-Pick a magazine that matches your interest. Background knowledge plays an important role in understanding what you read.
-Read a comic book and the images will help you understand the text better.
-Read a book that children read when they start reading. Begin at level Start or M3 and find out which level is right for you.
-An audiobook can also be nice. You will hear how the words are pronounced. At Storytel and the LuisterBieb, you can find audiobooks.
-Listen to Dutch radio and television. On television, the images will help you to understand the words better.
-Go to the park, the cafe and listen to people’s conversations. Try to find out what they are talking about. You will get used to the speed of speech, the spoken language, and the topics of conversation. You focus only on listening skills. You don’t have to answer.
-Listen to a podcast on a topic that interests you.