Fourth lesson by ROC Mondriaan. I’m starting to make some stupid mistakes, which of course I find really annoying. With this type of endeavor I want to be perfect. Oh, and did I mention that the wedding vows we are telling each other will be in Dutch? Yeah, I’m crazy. But I’ll come armed with note cards! (Thankfully I have pretty understanding parents who are willing to listen and consult the translation we provide as needed…)
There were a few choices quotes from the teacher today:
Schrijven is blijven. Niet schrijven is vergeten.
Loosely translated: Writing is remembering (lit: staying). Not writing is forgetting.
Als je het niet weet, kies de.
Translated: If you don’t know it [whether to use ‘het’ or ‘de’ before nouns], choose ‘de’. 80% of Dutch nouns take ‘de’, whereas only 20% take het.
Interestingly, ‘de’ is for both masculine and feminine nouns. Back in the day there was a 3rd form for feminine nouns, but they were since consolidated into the same category as masculine. ‘het’ is actually for neutral nouns like professions, diminutives, metals, and other various things.
We then did some exercises where we switched around the word order, similar to Monday’s class:
Morgen ga ik met mijn kinderen voor het eerst naar de kinderopvang.
Tomorrow go I (:p) with my kids voor the first [time] to [the] daycare.
Ik ga morgen met mijn kinderen voor het eerst naar de kinderopvang.
I go tomorrow with my kids for the first [time[ to [the] daycare.
The main thing is that the verb stays in the first or second position… morgen ik ga is wrong as ‘ga’ is in the third position, but it’s a common mistake.
You can actually put phrases into the first position (thus, it is not limited to just one word). It mainly just changes the emphasis of the sentence.
Met mijn kinderen ga ik morgen voor het eerst naar de kinderopvang.
The subject and the verb always stick together (in simple sentences anyway). If the time element (morgen, tomorrow) is not in the first position it usually follows right after the subject, as it did in the last example.
One week to go until the wedding… Crazy times ahead!