Friday, May 30, 2008

Learning Dutch!

I'm only taking two courses this summer (plus my thesis research), so a buddy and I are planning to do some online Dutch lessons, through Rosetta Stone. He's planning a trip to Europe in September, and wanted to be able to talk with the natives in Amsterdam. My brother-in-law is from Holland, and my sister speaks Dutch as well, so I figured I'd actually be able to use what I learn too. And having a fellow student to talk with will be a big help as well, I'm sure.

I'll keep you posted here on how the Dutch lessons are going... once I get started.

6 comments:

Kim said...

Hey, cool! Or as the Dutch would say: Hey, Cool!

The Dan Ward said...

See, I'm learning already!

dad said...

Hi Dan: that's 'way cool' in any language... and you can 'talk Dutch' to your sister and your bro in law.... I can't help you very much because "...Sprekt u Engels? Ja! Sprekt u Nederlands? Nee,Ik spreck mar ein betjie Nederlands." and my favorite Dutch word: "Alstublieft" which means "please" but also means "sure", "it's ok" .. and "as you were"... and "fine"... Kim will have to give you the correct spelling of those words... and the explanations.... Dad

Kim said...

Hey - good job Dad! :) You've remembered a lot.

Tori said...

How cool!
I worked in A'dam a few years ago for a few months, I knew no Dutch. I also knew now AS400, which is the OS I had to use to get the data I needed for my project. So, I learned AS400 ... in Dutch. I've forgotten everything I learned, unfortunately, except one word:

I made an American friend there whose last name is Kontje. "Kontje" in Dutch, means "Small" ... er ... "butt." She lived in A'dam for several years and apparently she raised eyebrows each time she passed through customs at the Schilphol. My friend's theory about her last name is that when Napoleon forced the Dutch to take surnames in 1811, her ancestors had a sense of humor and tried to mock the emperor with their choice of name. Alas... she's stuck 200 years later as the "butt" of the joke! (Sorry, could not resist....)

The Dan Ward said...

Thanks! I'm looking forward to getting started - hopefully in the next few days...