Still doing the “back to the basics” route for learning Dutch. At least it is a lot more fun than learning cursive back in elementary school! Yes, I will write within the lines, stop badgering me . . .
I should also mention at this point that I was an English major in college, so I don’t mind the grammar aspects of language, and actually find it pretty fascinating as long as work hasn’t dragged me down.
The latest lesson from dutchgrammar.com was breaking apart words into their respective syllables. Since I have some basic experience with Dutch already, I didn’t find it too difficult. The reason I decided to go back and study this section is because so much of the spelling of a Dutch word depends on the how the syllables are broken up.
There are four basic rules, which you can read about in more extensive detail at the link above. But I found it intriguing that the vowels of a word determine how the word is split. For example, if two vowels only have one consonant in between, the consonant starts the latter syllable — the word maken (to make) is split up as ma-ken.
The website did have an interesting exercise… find a Dutch newspaper and circle 12 to 15 words to break apart. Then go to wordenlijst.org (the official Dutch spelling website) to check your progress. I went to Google and typed in Nederland krant (dutch newspaper) to find a good website, settling on telegraaf.nl. Which is another thing I will try to start doing again — reading and translating the Dutch newspapers whenever possible.
For those of you who read Dutch, what other online news websites do you recommend for studying Dutch?