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Written on Oct, 06, 2013 by in | Leave a comment
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Those of you who have already struggled with the Dutch word order probably know that the basic order of a Dutch main clause is as follows: subject | finite verb | time | manner | place | other verbs For example: subject finite verb time manner place other verb(s) Ik heb vanmorgen met tegenzin in de sportschool getraind met tegenzin = …

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Written on Sep, 19, 2013 by in | Leave a comment
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1. Note that most of them have vowel changes, both in past tense and past participle. In that case: there is practically never -t(e)(n) or-d(e)(n) at the end,the past participle practically always ends on-en. 2. The list is far from complete. Listed the most current ones and skipped derived forms that go the same way. For exemple – kopen, trekken andstaan, …

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Written on Aug, 01, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Fill in the blanks, “NIET” or “GEEN” ? 1) Ik heb …… appels. 2) Ik zie de stoel ……. 3) De man heeft ……. hond. 4) De vrouw ziet ……… kinderen. 5) Ik kijk ………. 6) De vrouw ziet de kinderen ………..

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Written on Aug, 01, 2013 by in | Leave a comment
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Whether you should use ‘Hebben’ or ‘Zijn’ as an auxiliary is not always easy to determine. It may help if you remember that, Activities – hebben, and Situations – zijn. In this context ‘situation’ can cover movement to a specific place or a change of state. However, problems may occur if a verb can indicate both an activity and a …

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Written on Jul, 31, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Q. What are the infinitives of the underlined verbs and what do they mean? Examples: Ik heb gelopen- lopen – to walk Ik slaap – slapen – to sleep Ik zag jou Mijn buik is groot geworden Ik las het kaartje Ik noem de hond ‘Theo’ Hij lijkt op zijn opa Hartelijk gefeliciteerd Ik moet dat toegeven Ik rook niet meer. Hij heeft het niet gedaan Wij betalen zo snel mogelijk

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Written on Jul, 30, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” —Thomas J. Wamtson, founder of IBM I honestly believe, if you are willing to make mistakes while learning language you can learn it much faster then reading grammar and learning vocabulary all day long. The easy way would be to …

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Written on Jul, 29, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Today’s Tip – Do not rely solely on books because they contain constructed sentences that are not taken from real life. The internet is your best source of information on informal language and the way that people really speak (and write), which do not follow the grammatical rules you learn from books.

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Written on Jul, 24, 2013 by in | 1 Comment.

Have you ever been confused about, How to approach when learning a foreign language? I have always wondered should I learn ‘Grammar’ first and understand how to construct a sentence or I just focus on building my ‘Vocabulary’ so that I can make sense what people are talking around me. Unlike the learning of ‘Grammar’, which is essentially a rule …

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Written on Jul, 23, 2013 by in | Leave a comment

Motivation is the key to learn any language. It drives us to learn and keep us moving but have you ever felt the motivation also keep on changing along the path of learning the language? When I started learning dutch language, I wanted to learn it quick (as most of us) and my motivation was to get a job of …

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Written on Nov, 17, 2012 by in | Leave a comment

Sinterklaas is the most beloved of all Dutch holidays and traditions. The children are told about a very old Spanish bishop called Sinterklaas, who is fond of children. This Iberian prelate visits the Low Lands every year by the end of November and leaves quietly after December 5th. On 5 December, also known as ‘Pakjesavond’ in Holland, the Saint rides …

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