Lesson 3!

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Here is my Thursday morning update (on Friday) from lesson 3! Wednesday nights lesson was actually really great! It was intense and I did come away with a little bit of a headache but I felt like we covered a lot of ground and we have been given a table of conjugated irregular verbs which is so helpful I cant tell you how much!

We covered a little bit of the culture side of things yesterday talking in a more geographical sense about flooding and rising tides. We even talked about the Delta Works and how the water levels are controlled. It was short brief but very informative.

We covered the weak verbs from last weeks lesson and went over the answers. I got myself about 52 out of 57 which I am very pleased with. The rest of the session was split into 3 main (sort of) sections. 1. A text exercise, similar to last week but much longer and more detailed. 2. Strong Irregular Verbs. 3. Making basic sentences.

I’m going to talk a little about each section and if there is any more information about any of the sections you can just ask.


Each week we have been given a vocabulary list and then the following week we have a text which includes as much of that vocabulary list as possible. This weeks text was about a holiday. I wasn’t a bad text really. My understanding from first hearing it was about 60% but I knew there where sections of it that I couldn’t understand. When we where given the text and walked through it line by line I could quite clearly see the areas in which I struggled and these where mainly around talking about what we are going to eat, the tenses e.g. the time of day if it was going to happen or if I was happening, and the subtleties. I’m going to attach the text on a separate page and highlight the new vocabulary that I came across. You can see that here Vocabulary 3.


Irregular Verbs

I now have a 4 page list of irregular verbs, literally all the verbs I am even going to need to know and it literally is a case of remembering them. I plan to go through the list with a highlighter and pick out the most important ones for me, the ones I would use more often than the others and prioritize learning those. Here is an example of some of (what I think) are the most important irregular verbs:


English Present (Ik) Present (Wij) Past (Ik) Past (Wij) Past Participle
To think of bedenk bedenken bedacht bedachten bedacht
To visit bezoek bezoeken bezocht bezochten bezocht
To drink drink driken dronk dronken gedronken
To write Schrijf Schrijven Schreef Schreven geschreven
To know weet weten wist wisten geweten


Making Basic Sentences

This is where it all comes together. Using our different verb tables and the 3 vocabulary lists we where able to make some pretty good sentences. We touched briefly on word order and determinates e.g. “De”, “Het” or “Een” covering the basic rules of “all plurals take ‘de’, non gendered objects take ‘het’ if in doubt use ‘de’ etc.

Here are some examples: (I have talked about this is more depth in another post. You can find all of that stuff <here>)

De man – The man         De vrouw – The woman         Het kind – The child         De mensen – The people


The word order we looked at was “Personal Pronoun > Conjugated Verb > Determiner+noun”

Ik eet een appel –I eat and apple

Hij wilt koken – He wants to cook

Ik ga naar de supermarket – I go to the supermarket

Ik zing – I sing

Ik ben aan het zingen – I am singing

Hij zingt – He sings

Hij is aan het zingen – He is singing

Ik ben blij – I am happy

Ik vind dat leuk – I like that

Jij bent life – You are sweet


We then used the verb tables to conjugate and form our on sentences. Her is some of what the group and I came up with.


Hij drinkt koffee

Ik luister naar de radio

Ik wil graag een drankje

De meisjes hebben gelachen

Ik wil mijn moeder bezoeken

Ik houd van mijn broer


We ended the class with 2 super useful sentences to memorize and use. Definitely need to commit these to memory, I’ve found that when you tell someone you speak a different language two things can happen 1. They say “talk to me in Dutch” or 2. If they speak the language they talked super fast and try to trip you up. Anyone else get that?


Ik spreek nog niet goed Nederlands – I do not speak very good Dutch


Kunt u wat langzamer praten? – Can you speak a little slower?


It is half term next week for the college so we’ve been given homework to write 10 sentences and revise the first 3 lessons vocabulary lists. Things are going good so far, I’m really happy with everything 🙂


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