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How to read Dutch fast

Summary

You need only a pen or text editor. Write short words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Dutch is very similar to English and German. They have many similar words. Read sentences without translation.

.Read Dutch Wikipedia. Increase your vocabulary. Read and watch news.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

Contents
  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Keyboard
  • Writing Training
  • Pronunciation
  • Etymology
  • Grammar
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You can learn speed reading with only a text editor. Maximum the window size and the font size.

    Or you can use a pen and paper.

    Write short words repeatedly

    dutch 2 letter
    dutch 3 letter
    dutch 4 letter

    Type short words like these images. Type 2-4 letter words many times. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multiple lines

    Next, type a short sentence like this. This is a training for reading multiple lines. You will be able to read lines at once. Type more sentences with line breaks.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Dutch is very similar to English. They have many similar words. Try to read without translation. Guess the meaning from the context.

    Read Dutch Wikipedia. Increase your vocabulary. Learn words and read news.

    Dutch grammar is similar to German. But it is more simple.

    Writing training improves reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

    Keyboard

    Dutch has letters of ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, á, é, í, ó, ú, è. You have to add Dutch language or Dutch keyboard layout.

    Or use US International layout. You can write Dutch, German, English, Spanish and more with the layout.

    Writing Training

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences.

    order

    Learn the structure of sentence, clause, and phrase. The basic word order is SVO and V2.

    The simplest sentence is similar to English SVO sentence.

    relationship

    Imagine some situations and relationship.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Learn grammatical person, case, tense, etc. Dutch conjugation and declension are more simple than German.

    structure

    Use various images. Write various sentences.

    Pronunciation

    Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, syllables, words, and sentences. They have their own rules.

    Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. It will help you learn words, inflections, and compound words.

    Dutch has many vowels. You should learn them with IPA symbols.

    syllable

    Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Google Translate shows sounds of words and sentences.

    Etymology

    Learn Dutch words with etymology. Use Wiktionary. Learn origin words, stem words, and affixes.

    It is similar to learning compound words. Learn the structure of word.

    English has words of Germanic origin. Learn cognate words and loanwords.

    Grammar

    Dutch has V2, SOV, VF word order. Learn them with simple sentences. And compare them with English sentences.

    Articles and Adjectives are influenced by grammatical gender. But they change a little. Learn singular nouns with definite articles.

    Other Languages

    Dutch is very similar to German and English. Dutch is also similar to Swedish, Danish, Norwegian.

    They have many words from Proto-Germanic. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords. And learn the relationship between languages. Etymology is useful for learning multiple languages.