Looking to learn Flemish
So I'm looking to learn Flemish, and I'd like to know any topics in which I should start (for example, in English you want to focus on the verb "To be").
Any tips are appreciated!
@awpii Hello Awpii, can you please explain a bit more the concept of "To be" in English? (what do you mean by saying the, in English, you want to focus on the verb "To be"?)
Flemish isn't really difficult when you know English because the vocabulary is regularly the same :
house = huis
grass = gras
we were = wij waren
I = ik, you = je/jij, he = hij, we = we/wij, etc.
where = waar, when = wanneer
school = school (but the pronunciation is different)
Let me know if I can help you further.
Laat me weten of ik je verder kan helpen
@ornorm The verb "To be" is the root of the english language as it allows you to easily learn the possible conjugations for all the words, I'm basically looking for this same root in the Flemish language, to be able to study it easily
I am aware of the similarity but I'm having trouble conjugating verbs
@awpii I would recommend Duolingo. I used it to learn the basics of Italian. I quite appreciated the gamification layer of it. You can just start by learning only 5 minutes a day.
I don't know if you already know this site but I would warmly recommend it to learn a new tongue (don't know the quality for Flemish/Dutch but, based on what I learned with Italian, it should be ok).
Let me know if this suits you.
@awpii It's true that conjugating in Flemish is more difficult than English but easier than French
I am = Ik ben
I was = Ik was
I have been = Ik ben geweest
I will be = Ik zal zijn
Good luck in any case and congrats for wanting to learn a new language!
@ornorm Duolingo doesn't have Flemish
Those are only basic conjugations, I need to learn verb conjugations as well
Ornorm last edited by Ornorm
@awpii Flemish and Dutch are the same languages. Only a very few words could differ : jus d'orange in Dutch (same as French for orange juice) becomes sinaasappelsap for example. The rest is the same.
The Duolingo link in my previous comment is the one for Dutch.
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Forgive my entrance here, where I can do no more than trivial curiosities.
So, is Belgium a bilingual country? If I remember correctly, does it seem that I read somewhere that the region around Brussels is francophone and around Antwerp, flemishphone (if so can be said)? In addition, German would be a third language, but of much lesser expression?
The city that most appeals to me, however, is Bruges, though "à vol d'oiseau"(?) And a very short-sighted "oiseau" with inept wings ...
hlehyaric last edited by hlehyaric
@Quinca71 Belgium is a bilingual country: North (Antwerp, Bruges, Gent, Ostend) is Dutch speaking, South (Liège, Namur, Mons, Charleroi) is French speaking. There is a small German speaking community near the German border. Brussels, as capital, is supposed to be bilingual.