Dutch, Comprehensive

Dutch, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780671047795
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and is one of three official languages in Belgium, where it is called Flemish. Pimsleur's Dutch teaches Standard Dutch, or "Newsreader Dutch," which is widely understood and accepted in the Netherlands. Dutch and Flemish are mutually intelligible.
This Comprehensive course includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.


  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Dutch. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and is one of three official languages in Belgium, where it is called Flemish. Pimsleur's Dutch teaches Standard Dutch, or "Newsreader Dutch," which is widely understood and accepted in the Netherlands. Dutch and Flemish are mutually intelligible.
This Comprehensive course includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.


  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Unit 11 and provide you with an introduction to reading Dutch. These lessons are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. In addition, combined Reading Lessons from all the units are included at the end. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurDutch Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (8)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • It works (10)
  • Perfects accent (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Fun (7)

Cons

  • No writing component (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (8)
  • Self-improvement (8)
  • Business/work (3)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (7), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This course is GREAT! But why only 30?

I purchased the downloadable version of this program and found that process to be very straightforward. I have taken 23 of the 30 lessons that were included in the program and already people who...Read complete review

I purchased the downloadable version of this program and found that process to be very straightforward. I have taken 23 of the 30 lessons that were included in the program and already people who speak Dutch are telling me that my pronunciation is perfect! I feel that I have so much more to learn and wish that there were additional lessons. Only Phase 1 is available, which is frustrating because I feel I have just begun to scratch the surface of this interesting language. If there were additional Phases with more advanced lessons, I would buy them. As it is, I will attempt to gain additional knowledge of the language by streaming Dutch TV shows and newscasts.

I found the native male speaker a bit difficult to understand at times. The female speaker was much more audible and sometimes I would not correctly hear the word being taught until she spoke it. But it is good to hear the slight variations in the pronunciation because no two people will pronounce the words exactly the same and we must get used to that.

I must admit, when a word was repeated only by the male speaker and never uttered by the female speaker during a particular lesson (which was a fairly rare occurrence), I did have to "cheat" a bit and use outside, written sources to actually discern what the word really was.

Thanks to everyone who put this program together. I am very impressed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

pretty good, but leaves you hanging.

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working...Read complete review

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working at home. It is fairly easy to follow and the repeat process is very useful in bringing back earlier phrases and grammar combinations for memory sake.

It stops at lesson 30 - why???? I am ready to move on to a new lesson, but this is all I can find. This does not make sense for a serious language company. Also, it is way too expensive for the depth of language you get, with no grammar guides or phrase book (the reading lessons are really worthless, other than to learn how to spell certain words), and it does not really follow the lessons, making it more worthless.

It is give it an overall 3.5 out of 5. It was actually the best to help me learn and memorize the language, compared to other courses that I have studies, which focused on the grammar.

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5.0

Dutch is easier than you'd think!

By Loves languages

from Santa Monica

About Me Business person, Multilingual, Traveler

Pros

  • Easy
  • Fun
  • Perfects Accent
  • Surprisingly English Like

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Dutch is like a cross between English and German, so if you know German, it is a snap! The written language is very confusing, but spoken, which is mainly what Pimsleur is all about, it's so easy. I love the Pimsleur system and have used it for Italian and German. With Netherlands being such a popular place to travel, and even though they all speak English, it's fun to learn the basics. They will be so pleased you took the trouble.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for conversation

    By Sally

    from Salem, MA

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Perfects Accent

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I was taking the Dutch lessons so that I could use a little Dutch when I go to Amsterdam. One issue is that I would be asked to say a phrase, but I did not have enough time to work it out. In one way this was good - it was like a real conversation - but sometimes it was discouraging.

    The best thing was hearing and imitating the neative speakers of Dutch. I have a little phrasebook, but it really gives no idea as to how Dutch sounds. This course is really useful for this.

    Thirty minutes is a reasonable amount of time, but I did not always have that time available.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It Really Works!

    By Ethan

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Reader, Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    I speak and read French fairly fluently (school, time in France) and have tried at various times to learn other languages, specifically Spanish and German, but the lessons didn't take and I was neither persistent not consistent in my efforts.
    I decided to try again with Pimsleur's Dutch I, and that is working like a charm. The lessons are specifically only 30 minutes long, and one is discouraged from trying to cram in more. The lessons themselves adroitly weave in materials from earlier ones so that you are repeating and imprinting while learning new material. I'm on the 16th of 30 lessons and am very pleased with my progress. I like that I can listen while I walk.
    I personally learn best while also visualizing, but there is some reading material after the first basic lessons, and today, thanks to the Internet, one can readily look up words in your language and see them right away.
    Enjoy! Tot ziens!

    Ethan

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I want more!

    By Cameron

    from Ohio

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Great approach, has been perfect for my 45 minute commute, just want additional phases!

      Service and delivery comments:

      So easy to learn with this approach, but please release additional phases...you will have many buyers!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product!

      By Leila

      from Belgium

      About Me Student

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        This is by far the best teaching method for languages. After a while living in Belgium, I was reading very well, understanding and writing more or less but when it came to speaking, I struggled with a heavy accent and clumsiness on pronounciation until I found Pimsleur Dutch. Now my conversations are much more fluent and I'm looking forward to the next units :-)

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