Dutch is spoken by around 23 million people. It is a Germanic language at the heart of Europe. Spoken in the Netherlands (Holland) and Belgium. Flemish is the Belgian variant of Dutch and is spoken by over 5 million people in
Over the last few years, I’ve undertaken a number of language projects including…
- Icelandic Basics in 28 Days – (Success).
- Exploring Scots in 28 Days – (Failed).
- Spanish in 90 days – with the goal of having a 15-minute conversation with a native speaker. I managed 20 minutes PLUS a Facebook LIVE! (Success – goal smashed).
- A Year of Mandarin 2019 – I’ve had a 15-minute conversation, but the ultimate goal is for 30 minutes of conversation time!
During each challenge, I’ve documented my personal language learning journey on social media to inspire and (hopefully) help motivate other language learners. Plus to
For this challenge I want to demonstrate…
- What you can achieve in just a minimum of 15-30 minutes consistent study a day over 100 day period.
- Prove that you don’t need to move to a country to learn the language!
- Demonstrate that you can learn a language independently and without breaking the piggy bank.
Why Learn Dutch?
More often then not English is spoken better in Europe than by UK natives! So if that is the case why bother!?
During my last trip to Belgium just saying things like please and thank you seemed to earn me the respect of the locals and they appreciated me trying.
As Holland and Belgium are my favourite places to visit I’ve been feeling for some time now that learning Dutch would be of great benefit to me – even if it’s just to read the menu without a double take.
The Goal: To learn to speak and read in Dutch to A2/B1 cusp level within 100 days, so I can have conversations with the people I meet – in Dutch – and make sense of the menus!
The Starting Line…
Currently, I am an absolute beginner in Dutch, but I’ll aspire to a B1 ‘cusp’ level within 100 days. Given my native language and knowledge of other Germanic languages, I feel this is challenging, but not unrealistic.
Goal setting is really important in language learning and I will have a plan in place because ‘you will never reach you destination if you don’t know where you are going‘!
To set aside a minimum of 15-30 minutes of consistent study time per week for the next 100 days. I’ll spend the first 10 days listening to materials and building vocabulary. Then I will move on to reading and writing before speaking.
I’ll be documenting the whole thing via my blog and on social media and post updates every 25 days. I’ll be working in blocks of 25 days.
To take a placement test to determine my current level of Dutch (done). To learn 1000 most common words in Dutch and complete the mini-review tests and exams. Then retake the placement test to see what progress I have made.
Block 1 : Greetings and Survival Phrases
- The input method through audiobooks, podcasts, and vocabulary builders.
- Work through the ‘Learn Dutch’ modules.
- 15-30 minutes study per day.
Block 2: Dutch Grammar and Reading
- Start to speak and read in Dutch.
- Continue to work through the ‘Learn Dutch’ modules.
- Increase study time to 30-45 minutes per day.
Block 3 : Getting Conversational
- Book some lessons with professional tutors.
- Find a Dutch-speaking study buddy to speak with!
- Continue with the input method.
Block 4: Wild Card and Final Review
- At the end of my ‘Dutch in 100 Days Project’, I’ll be doing a Facebook LIVE in Dutch!
Resources For This Project
I’ll be using all of the resources on Parleremo. This free language learning platform is packed with useful tools and materials. This will mean that I do not need to waste time searching the web.
I’ll also be taking part in the Parleremo Language Marathon to help keep me motivated whilst learning Dutch. Many challenges tend to use Facebook Groups, but what I like about this challenge is that it is hosted on the Parleremo platform. It has a wide range of tools and resources in 35+ different languages to help build a consistent study routine within a very supportive language learning community!
If you want to follow my progress…
Please leave me your comments below, as I’m very keen to hear from you about this project and any resource recommendations!