Dutch is one of those rare, exotic and very interesting languages. The best part about Dutch is, that it is a nice mix of German and English. So if you know both these languages well, Dutch is like a breeze. Even if you speak just English, learning Dutch would be good to have a language in your kitty.
There are many reasons as to why learning Dutch could be beneficial:
Dutch, the newest addition to the line of Living Language online courses, comes out today! Here are 5 reasons we think learning Dutch is een goed idee (good idea).
1. Dutch is spoken in more places than you might think.
The Dutch language can be heard far beyond the Netherlands and its neighbor Belgium. It has official status in Suriname and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. The closely-related (and mutually intelligible) language Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia.
2. Dutch is pretty simple to learn for English speakers.
Dutch is our closest relative, considered even closer than German. So if you speak German and English, learning Dutch should be smooth sailing. And even if you only speak English, you’ll still have an advantage.
3. Dutch sounds cool!
It is pretty cool to cite that you speak a rare language!
4. You can be a pleasant surprise!
It’s true that with around 86% of the population in the Netherlands able to converse in English, you can easily travel in the Netherlands without speaking Dutch, but that’s precisely what is fun about learning Dutch. If you do speak Dutch, it will come as a pleasant surprise! And with an estimated half a million Dutch speakers living in the U.S., Canada and Australia, you may get to show off quite a bit!