5 reasons to learn Dutch
Dutch has many speakers than you think
The language is spoken far beyond the Netherlands and Belgium. Dutch has been given official status in Caribbean islands of Curacao, Sint Maarten and Aruba, as well as Suriname. Furthermore, Dutch is closely related to Afrikaans, which is mostly spoken in Namibia and South Africa.
English speakers can learn the language easily
Dutch is considered to be the closest relative of English, even closer than German. Therefore, learning Dutch can be a smooth sailing so long as you can speak English and German. Also, you can still have an added advantage so long as you speak English alone.
It sounds cool to speak Dutch
Dutch has a few tricky sounds which are very fun to practice. Some of these sounds include the trilled |r| sound and |x|, which is also known as ‘dorsal fricative.’
Get an opportunity to surprise the locals
Close to 86% of the people of the Netherlands can speak English, and this means that you can easily visit the Netherlands without having to learn Dutch. But, all the fun about learning Dutch comes in here, the locals will be really surprised to see a foreigner speak their language.
Learn the Dutch culture
While learning Dutch, you'll come across some culture notes on different topics, beginning from the color orange, the essence of punctuality, as well as the bicycles in the Dutch culture. Also, you'll get the opportunity to learn the history and relationship between Belgium and the Netherlands. Additionally, you will be able to get a deeper understanding of food and holidays in Dutch and how Dutch influences English.