So, if you're wearing spijkerbroek, that is not Spider Man underpants.. it's denim. Got it? Today I spent about an hour and a half with my Rosetta Stone Dutch course. It's so annoying to do it over and over again, the same photos, same voices, it takes forever.. "Is de auto witte?" "Ja, de auto is witte" "Welke kleur heeft deze auto?" "Deze auto is rose" BLAH BLAH BLAH
A lot of people say that Rosetta Stone is great for learning languages, but sometimes I get the feeling that all I'm learning are random words. I still don't understand why some things are DE and others are HET, and why some things are WIT and others are WITTE... I thought that words didn't take gender in Dutch.. so with Rosetta, I'm looking at stuff, yeah, the car is old and blue and the boys are running, but I'm not so sure that I shouldn't be doing something else in addition to the program.
I've heard that one of the reasons that Rosetta Stone works well, is because you learn the language as a child would, via listening and observation... rather than the technical approach that adults usually take, which is studying the structure of the language and usually by writing first. Since I took the latter approach with French, I do understand how frustrating it can be to write the same verbs over and over to try to drill them into your head. My French courses were taught by an American woman who spoke English 70 % of the time, and all we did was conjugate verbs and read out loud small exercises from a text book about Phillipe and Laurent's visit to La Campagne. I didn't even start to learn the language until I moved abroad and had to actually use it.
So, here I am trying to approach Dutch from a different angle. I'm finding it hard to break old habits and not obsess over verb tenses and sentence structure. But really, how far are the phrases that I'm learning going to take me? "Brood kun je eten en ballen kun je niet eten." Good to know for next time I'm playing tennis. Thanks Rosetta Stone.