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Paperback Dutch Book

ISBN: 0781807352

ISBN13: 9780781807357


Dutch, like English, is one of the Germanic languages. It stands about midway between English and German and is the closest to English of any of the major Germanic languages. This book is an... This description may be from another edition of this product.


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Beginner's Dutch

This book is so far proving to be a very good 'brush-up' review for me who learned Dutch 55 years ago from a similar book plus living and working in Holland for a year. I had not spoken, heard, or read the language since then and had forgotten 99% of it. I would think it could also be very helpful for a true beginner.

a nice book to learn how to read Dutch

Regarding the fact that the number of books on Dutch is quite limited this volume is a nice introduction to the written Dutch. This book is defenitely not for people looking for modern Dutch slang or basic traveler's phrases. It does not have any dialogs and represents a classic method of teaching a foreign language. Each lesson contains a text or two that are comparatively long right from the start. Each lesson gives a little portion of grammar and a few exercises that are basically translations and compositions. Every lesson has a vocabulary. There are also English-Dutch and Dutch-English vocabularies at the end of the book. Some lessons contain reading passages from the adventures of Baron van Münchhausen and from tales by Hans Anderson. I find this approach very interesting and valuable. The last two lessons have fragments from original Dutch newspapers. Although both articles were printed in the 30s (remember the book was first published in 1941), they are still inetersting to read. The list of nature vocabulary (names of plants and animals) makes the book especially valuable for learnes with scientific interests. Also, the book has some nice pictures illustrating the reading passages. The basic disadvantage of the book is its phonetic appendix that concentrates on vowels only. The transcription of the two texts given in it does not always correspond to what I've seen in other books. In case of selfstudy, this book would be a good tool for students with some language learning experience, especially good for those who know some German or Danish.
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