Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Goedemorgen! Ik ben Brendan.

Goedemorgen! Ik ben Brendan.

I have decided to learn Dutch. Normally I spend my time playing with German as I’ve wanted to learn that language for a long time. That’s been the problem with German. I’ve only been playing at it and not really giving it the attention it needs. I have a trip to Amsterdam coming in a few months and another one planned for the 2013 Marillion Weekend. The first trip is only a few months away so I have to focus to meet my goal in time.

Speaking of goals here is mine: I want to be able to talk with the locals in their language. I want to be able to get around the city by reading signs and information on my own. In a concrete term I would like to achieve the B1 level of the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). My goal is to achieve level A2 by the end of 2011 and use the first months of 2012 to work up to B2 before the trip. I don’t have a date for the trip yet so I’m going to set the end of March 2012 for my deadline.

I have purchased a phrase book and book to learn the language. For the rest of September I’m going to create a list of tasks with deadlines breaking down the steps I’ll need to accomplish to meet my goals. Additionally I’ll search for free materials such as word lists, blogs, podcasts and videos to assist with learning the language. Sadly the Foreign Service Institute doesn’t provide Dutch as part of their free language courses.

Starting in October I’ll start by learning basic vocabulary and studying the book and finishing it in the month of October. In November I’ll add watching movies, reading blogs and listening to podcasts in the Dutch. Finally in December I’ll find natives who want to learn English and practice with them via VOIP.

That is enough of a plan for the moment. Tot ziens!