Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30

Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Dutch with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442319134
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  • List Price: $119.95

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and 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.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Dutch Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • 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.

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PimsleurDutch, Comprehensive
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • It works (13)
  • Perfects accent (12)
  • Portable (12)
  • Fun (9)

Cons

  • No writing component (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Fun (9)
  • Self-improvement (9)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
  • Business/work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (9), Business person (8), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It Really Works!

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...Read complete review

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

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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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4.0

Review of Pimsleur's Dutch Lessons

By A Joyful Optimist

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Can Go At Your Own Pace
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Would Like Visuals

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Dutch, Comprehensive:

I have visited the Netherlands many times and for periods up to a year in length, but because I was very busy with my work and because my friends spoke English, did not learn to speak the language.

I continue to visit the country regularly and decided to begin to learn the language. I bought the Pimsleur's product to begin the process. I have found it very valuable to have control over the lessons. I use CDs so there are two lessons on a tape. I usually do the first lesson for one session, do the second lesson at another session and then go back and do both lessons again for a third (or fourth session if there isn't enough time). Since I can only do this a few times a week, the going is slow but steady.

Because I am familiar with the language and have needed to read it, I usually am able to visualize the words as they are introduced. If I am not sure what the word is, I go online and make a translation. This is often difficult because the online translations use the intimate/familiar forms of the language while Pimsleur uses the formal, so you have to know why the translations might be different. Since I am a visual person, I think I might find it difficult to learn purely verbally the way the lessons are intended to be used. Most of the reading sessuibs that take place after the first 10 lessons concern words that I am already familiar with, but this is reinforcing, so fine.

The most difficult thing about Dutch (and probably any language) is the word order and getting all the vocabulary correct in very long sentences. That is why I often review old lessons. I am not able to remember all the words that need to be translated as well as to parse out the word order.

One limitation is that without visual cues it is sometimes difficult to know which sounds are being used, for example it is hard to distinguish between M and N sounds. I had to look online to discover that time uses "om" rather than "on."

One other limitation is the orientation fo the vocabulary to traveling. I guess the first things one has to do is order a drink, change money and ask directions, but I would also like to learn to make polite conversation about the weather, politics, etc.

 
4.0

Found this product very helpful

By Ally

from UK

About Me Engaged To Dutch Person

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Moving To The Netherlands

    Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    Great to listen to while working or travelling and I found the language stuck fairly well in my head because of the repetitive technique. For me this was the best producton Audible but I would have liked to advance my learning and sadly the product is not in enough demand to produce more at this stage.

     
    5.0

    Learning Dutch the fun way!

    By HarpaBeth

    from Seattle WA

    About Me Business person, Married Into Dutch Family, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Conversation
    • Dutch
    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • Holland
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable
    • Pronunciation

    Cons

    • Not Enough Lessons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Dutch, Comprehensive:

    My husband is Dutch, and when we travel to Holland the language of the family moves constantly from Dutch to English and back. With Pimsleur's help, my pronunciation in Dutch is greatly improved. Comprehension continues to grow, and eventually I'll be able to have a real conversation.
    I only wish there were more lessons in Dutch!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works-wish there were more lessons!

    By Scott

    from Pittsburgh

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        Dutch seems like a difficult language, but I'm drawn to it because of time spent in Holland as an exchange student in my youth. This course helped me return to some basic comprehension level in an enjoyable way. Native speakers are wonderful, and the pace of the course keeps me moving forward. My only complaint is that there are only 30 units - I'd love to continue my studies with additional lessons.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

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