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Dutch Academy Eindhoven-Online Course Mini Review: Free Online Resource for Learning Dutch

Dutch Academy Eindhoven-Online Course

Price:

Free

Summary

If you’re a beginner looking for a unique and free Dutch language resource, then you should check out Dutch Academy’s Free Dutch Online course. 

This Free Dutch Online course aims to help you master the Dutch language in a fast and natural manner. It is a great resource for beginners, teaching you the Dutch alphabet, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Some of the lessons are accompanied by either PDFs or videos, making your learning experience more efficient and enjoyable. Additionally, there are lots of video lessons that are great introductions to the language. 

This course also has a free book, How to Learn Dutch Fast, which contains the strategy that’ll help you as you learn the language. The strategy’s main goal is to help you speak simple Dutch and prepare you when engaging in conversation with Dutch natives. The book also offers learning tips on how to tackle important aspects of the Dutch language. How to Learn Dutch Fast is comprehensive and user-friendly, providing essential tips and addressing several factors to keep in mind as you start learning. 

It may take some time to master the techniques and build a routine, but it will save you time and benefit you in the long run. So if you’d like to learn and master Dutch basics, this is a good place to start!

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LanguagePod101 — All Languages, Pod101 and Class101

Updated November 20, 2023

If you want a language learning podcast that consistently adds new content to keep you motivated, you will find the “Pod101” and “Class101” series quite useful.

One great thing about LanguagePod101 programs is that they do publish new content ALL THE TIME. And their pricing structure allows language learners of any mastery and commitment levels to find contents that are useful. The pricing starts at a mere few dollars per month, and the top subscription called Premium PLUS gives learners personal feedback and a personalized program to follow.

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You can also read ALR independent reviews for each language’s program in the following section.

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Learn Dutch Vocabulary Free Mini Review: A1–C1 Vocabulary

Learn Dutch Vocabulary Free

Rating 3.8
Price:

Free

Summary

This Dutch vocabulary app has a wide range of words and phrases for all levels, and pairs a fairly extensive range of teaching methods with impressive customizability. The vocabulary is organised by level (A1–C1) or by theme (dating, slang, restaurants, opinions and feelings…). In total, there are 5,000+ words and phrases for you to learn. You can also add your own vocabulary to create personalised or specialised courses. Once you’ve selected your course or topic, it’s time to start learning. The app will introduce you to 14 pieces of vocabulary, with nouns accompanied by the definite article (de/het). You’ll see a picture, the text and the translation, while audio recordings from different speakers will help you familiarise yourself with the pronunciation. Then, you’ll do a series of games to reinforce your memory. These include matching the translation to the audio recording, spelling the word(s), multiple choice quizzes, anagrams and more. If you get a question wrong, you get extra attempts. Spaced-repetition reviews will help you remember words over the long term, and you can adjust how big the gap between reviews is, too. The most impressive thing about this app is the customisability. Want to work on your spelling? Go to the settings, and change it so that the only game is a spelling one. Want something a little easier? Switch it to only give you multiple choice questions, and reduce the amount of vocabulary you learn prior to doing reviews. Since this app only teaches you vocabulary out of context, it’s best to use it as a supplementary resource. However, it can be a decent, if dry, addition to your language-learning arsenal.

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The Dutch Verbs Companion Mini Review: Grammar at a Glance

The Dutch Verbs Companion

Rating 4.8
Price:

Free

Summary

The Dutch Verbs Companion is a handy app for all Dutch learners. It does exactly what it says on the tin: give you all the information you need about Dutch verbs. The app covers 580+ verbs. Each entry contains the verb’s meaning, type (regular/irregular, auxiliary, etc.), detailed yet easy-to-parse conjugation tables, example sentences and related words. The only thing missing is audio recordings – but in the resource’s defence, the focus is on grammar, not vocabulary. The Notes section, meanwhile, provides concise and useful grammatical explanations for verb types, classes, tenses, personal pronouns and more. All things considered, The Dutch Verbs Companion is an excellent resource for checking conjugations on the go.

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Flash Your Dutch! Het or De? Mini Review: An Invaluable App

Flash Your Dutch! Het or De?

Rating 4.7
Price:

$0.00

Summary

Het and de, the two Dutch ways of saying “the”. Which one you use will depend on the noun’s grammatical gender (masculine, feminine, neuter), whether it’s singular or plural, whether it’s a diminutive and more. Enter Flash Your Dutch! This app presents you with a series of nouns and gets you to guess whether it needs het or de. The more you get a noun right, the less frequently that noun appears. You can narrow down the noun list by difficulty level and category, or you can dive straight into the 1,800+ words. An English-language “Tips” page will also help you work out the patterns behind whether a word needs het or de. Flash Your Dutch! may be simple, but it’s invaluable. De and het can be challenging, especially if you’ve already learnt a lot of vocabulary without paying attention to the grammatical gender. But this app will help you remember which article you really need.

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Learn Dutch Mini Review: There Are Better Courses Out There

Dutch Listening & Speaking

Rating 2.3
Price:

Free

Summary

Dutch Listening & Speaking/Learn Dutch is an app-based course with tons of lessons for you to work through. Unfortunately, it left us disappointed. It’s focused on memorising specific phrases and dialogues instead of building your own sentences. Each lesson begins with a dialogue. Next, you’ll listen to the phrases individually and get a chance to record yourself saying them. Now it’s time for the exercises. You’ll match the writing to the audio, put words in the right order, fill in the gaps and pick the right translations for audio clips. In most of these exercises, you’ll hear an audio recording with the answer before you do them. Finally, it’s time to recreate the dialogue – but don’t get too excited. Either you’ll listen to the correct phrase before selecting it from a choice of three, or you’ll see the correct phrase and then practise speaking it. With the latter, speech-recognition software means you’ll get some feedback on how good your pronunciation is. The most frustrating think about this course is the fact that you’re only taught set phrases from one specific dialogue, with no opportunity to customise them. For example, in the lesson “Where are you from?”, the only answer you learn is “I am from California.” You’re also unlikely to pick up a good understanding of Dutch grammar from these exercises. This app has an immense amount of content, with over 200 lessons at the elementary level alone, as well as listening tasks with short stories and news stories. But it comes across as quantity over quality. We would opt for Babbel (review) or DutchPod101 (review) over this course.

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Learn Dutch Vocabulary Mini Review: Not Our First Pick

Learn Dutch Vocabulary/Tobo Dutch

Rating 3.0
Price:

£3.29/month

Summary

This flashcard-based app will in theory teach you 3,500 Dutch nouns, adjectives and verbs. It’s slickly designed, but we found it slightly dull and demotivating. The vocabulary is broken into 50-word sections, some of which are only available via collecting points or paying for premium access. In each 50-word section, you’ll see a series of flashcards and choose whether to mark them as remembered/learned or needing further review. There are also a small number of games to support your learning: Hive, De Het, and Fallee. These are a fun addition and, if you ask us, the best part of the app. Frustratingly, though, you have to watch two video ads every time you get an answer wrong – or you can give up and start over again, in which case you just have to watch one video. This isn’t a badly designed app, but we would be inclined to just use it for the games. For flashcard-based learning, we would opt for Learn Dutch Vocabulary Free or Drops instead. The first is more customisable; the second is more engaging.

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Mondly Review – Made Significant Improvements Made in 2022

Mondly

Rating 2.7

Summary

Mondly is a language-learning app that teaches basic vocabulary and grammar structures. It seems most appropriate for learners with little to no exposure to their target language.

The activities mostly rely on passive recognition of vocabulary and phrases, and therefore are not very challenging. However, they are varied enough that you probably wouldn’t get bored with short, daily practice sessions.

Although I wouldn’t recommend Mondly to anyone looking to seriously learn a language, it may be appropriate for individuals studying languages with less available resources, or for individuals who are preparing to travel abroad.


Quality 3.0

Both the interface and the course itself could be designed better. *Edited on Nov 22* It has made many improvements this year. We will update soon.

Thoroughness 2.5

It’s decent for learning vocabulary, but I thought a lot of the material wasn’t explained very well.

Value 3.0

It’s fairly inexpensive.

I Like
  • Daily lessons, weekly quizzes, and monthly challenges – these functionalities encourage you to practice every day.
  • The vocabulary included is useful and drilled in an effective way.
  • It’s fairly inexpensive.
I Don’t Like
  • The content and exercises are the same for all levels and languages.
  • The exercises are mostly passive.
  • I don’t think the order of lessons and topics is very well thought out.
  • For me, the interface is not user friendly and the platform is visually unappealing.
Price

There are three plans… $9.99 per month for one language $47.99 per year ($4/mo) for one language and $99.99 for lifetime.

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LingQ Review – Extensive Reading Made Easy

LingQ

Rating 4.0

Summary

LingQ is a language-learning platform that focuses on extensive reading for over 30 different languages. You can import your own content or choose from the community library of books, articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, and more.

The app highlights unknown words across every lesson and makes them reviewable via different types of SRS flashcards. The more you read, the more accurately you will be able to identify content that is suitable for your level.

Although I did not find it beneficial for languages I had never studied before, I think LingQ can be helpful for upper-beginner to advanced language learners who enjoy reading. It is especially helpful if you struggle to find graded readers in your target language.


Quality 4.0

The LingQ reading app is enjoyable in most languages, easy to use, and can expand your vocabulary. However, I found the user content frustrating to navigate.

Thoroughness 4.0

With the import function, users can choose to study almost anything they want.

Value 4.0

Now that other apps provide similar functions, the monthly subscription may be a bit overpriced. However, the yearly subscription seems fair.

I Like
  • I can easily import almost any material I want to study.
  • I can use SRS flashcards to quiz new words from a specific page.
  • Each lesson in the library displays the percentage of known and unknown words based on my reading history.
  • There are many dictionaries to choose from for definitions.
I Don’t Like
  • Reviewing words is chaotic. Every word you look up gets added to a huge queue that quickly becomes unmanageable.
  • The extra features are overpriced and can be found other places for cheaper.
  • Very little of the content is original. Much of it was uploaded by users from other places.
  • The free version is extremely limited.
Price

Premium membership costs $12.99/mo, $71.94/half-year, $107.88/year, $191.76/2-years; single-language lifetime membership costs $199

When I first signed up for LingQ, I wasn’t very impressed. Its seemingly random lesson library, filled with custom cover photos and inconsistent title formats, made me want to click on just about anything to get away from that page.

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