Teach Yourself Beginner’s Dutch
Author: Gerdi Quist, Dennis Strik
Date: 2003, 3rd ed.
Format: PDF only
Dutch is the name of the official language spoken in the Netherlands and in the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, Flanders. This whole area is sometimes referred to as the Low Countries. Over 20 million people speak Dutch as their first language and it is studied worldwide by many people. Teach Yourself Beginner’s Dutch is the right course for you if you really want to learn Dutch but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks. This book starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. There are hints throughout to make learning easy and you can learn at your own pace with plenty of practice of each new point. It is a friendly introduction to the language which will help you to understand and speak Dutch sufficiently well to function effectively in basic everyday situations, both social and business. The course will also offer you an insight into Dutch culture. The book consists of 13 graded units and a special section on pronunciation and spelling. New language is introduced through short dialogues and texts which are also on the accompanying recording. There are plenty of exercises to practise each new point as it is introduced. Culture notes avoid the typical tourist information that you’ll find in any tourist guide and instead concentrate on conventions and trends in topics such as eating, holidays, or values in general in the Low Countries. In the latter part of the book you will also find some longer reading texts to help you deal with newspapers, advertisements and street signs. By the end of the course you’ll be able to communicate in a wide range of real-life situations and have all the practical information you need to enjoy your next trip to the Netherlands or Flanders.