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Dutch for Dummies +CD Paperback – 9 Apr 2008
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Features ′real–life′ Dutch and a mini–dictionary
Speak Dutch quickly and easily
Whether you want to speak Dutch for business or leisure, this easy–to–use guide will get you up to scratch in no time. The companion CD helps you master Dutch pronunciation, and the book takes you step–by–step through the theory behind written and spoken Dutch. Covering everything from grammar and vocabulary to popular expressions and local etiquette, this is the essential guide for everyone wanting to get to grips with this wonderful language.
all this on the audio CD
Real conversations to help you pick up the language naturally
Dialogue between Dutch speakers
Helps to reinforce the skills you′ve learned from the book
Discover how to:
Have conversations in Dutch
Use a wide range of vocabulary
Understand Dutch grammar
Hone your pronunciation
Practise verb conjugations
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From my point of view, being dutch and all, I found that some of the words are not actually dutch but german instead and some of the pronounciation tips are bit interesting and I don't believe it reflects the actual language. Although I do understand that it is a really hard language for English people to pronounce so maybe that is as good as it gets. So, all in a all a good product for people just starting out as long as you are prepared for native dutch speakers to give you a hint or two about your pronounciation and finding it a bit interesting that you are talking to them in german (only some words, and dutch people will still be able to understand you very well, so no worries there).
The cultural information and other information about life in the Netherlands is extremely well written, interesting and relevant. However: it's a pity that not even a mention is made of the fact that Dutch is the language of the northern half of Belgium as well as the Netherlands, and at least some info on the Belgian scene as well as the Dutch one, should perhaps have been given. After all, Belgium is well visited by British tourists!
I also found the pronounciation guide accompanying each "Talkin'the Talk" to be very good and useful.
My major criticism of the book is that in some of the "Talkin' the Talk" exercises on the CD Rom, there is an insufficient time-gap for the learner to repeat the words aloud. How on earth can a learner be expected to talk at that speed? (Fortunately, this "insufficient time gap" problem does not occur all the time).
All in all, I would give this book a "thumbs up".