It is hard to learn a new language at 45 years of age. Especially when all of the locals want to speak English (why I don’t know). In Germany, I had to learn German, while most Germans spoke English it was easier to break ice if I spoke Germany.
Now that life in the Netherlands is mostly settled and routinized, I decided to start learning Dutch. I am starting with Rosetta Stone . It is new to me. Most of my education from learning a foreign language including German involved textbooks, classes and lots of red marks across my assignments. Yes I am a slow learner.
I am enjoying the program, I spend about 30-60 minutes every day going through the lessons. It has been fairly intuitive matching pictures with words and using context to understand, but I feel like I am acquiring basic knowledge that I did not get in a traditional class.
Even more exciting the terms coffee – koffie and bicycle – fiets are already in the second lesson a huge motivator.
I think Rosetta Stone will help me learn enough that I will be able to communicate in a day to day basis – shopping, touring, eating out and basic conversation with the neighbors.
I know the more Dutch I learn to more I will enjoying living in the Netherlands for the next five years.