miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Fouth lesson of Dutch, Doei!

This was our last lesson of Dutch which is really sad because I was actually enyoing the language and the lessons.

The lesson started with a disscusion about hobbies like we did last day. We paired up and started asking personal things about hobbies so we could practice and remember the structures from the last lesson.

After that the teacher asked some of us a question on hobbies to check our work, she did correct us and gave us feedback of our answers. Little by little is more natural for me to speak in Dutch even if sometimes I got cofused with the phonetics of German.

Then the teacher gave us a little piece of paper, it was like a postcard written in Dutch. We had to read the document and find three words related to family. We did not know what the text said but we were able to find two family words. In the end there were three words for relatives. The teacher used the blackboard and asked us to say family related words so she could translated them to Dutch and little by little creating a vocabulary list.

We were given a handout where we could check the postcard vocabulary. There were also some questions in English and Dutch and an exercise on that (we had to join the English question with the Dutch one). Then we had to pair up again and ask each other while writting down the answers. The teacher told us to stop and she went pair by pair asking what could we say about our partners family. In my case I talked about the granparents of my partner.

Then we were given some facts and we had to find someone in the class that could respond ‘yes’ to that fact. We learnt the structure ‘zoek iemand die…’

Overall we learnt a lot of things in this lesson and it’s a great end to this lessons. It was very interesting studying a new language.

jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

Second lesson of Dutch, Ik ben.

This day we started by revising the concepts from last week by using the blackboard. We revised the basic structures again so it was very clear. 

The teacher would always let us talk and participate by asking directly and giving feedback, which is really helpful so we become more confident and less shy, learning a new language can be a little bit overwhelming, so the class was balanced.

We were divided in groups again so we could practice that new information. The good thing about this is that we had to talk the results out loud after so we wanted to do our best on our answers and did not fool around in that time.

Then we were given a handout that contained a grammar point, present tense verbs in Dutch.
This grammar point may seem boring and impossible to do while participating, but the teacher tried to make it more active by asking us the pattern used in the verbs. We had to guess it by looking at the conjugated verbs in the handout after a few minutes we checked our ideas with the teacher. This system to learn grammar was really new to me and it was really interesting because we all could participate and it was not boring.

We discovered how present tense works for regular verbs in Dutch, it resembles to German in many ways and then she wrote it down in the board so everything was clear. She showed regular verbs structure and two irregular verbs (the basic ones, Zijn and Hebben).

Then there was a table, half empty. It was an exercise in which we had to fill the blank spaces with the correct form of the verb in present. She gave us some time so we could finished it and then correct them.

For me the times were perfect, we always had a few minutes to complete our tasks but not too much so time was not wasted. It was a very useful class since we started some basic grammar. 

lunes, 20 de octubre de 2014

First lesson of Dutch! Goedemorgen!

Today we started Dutch lessons. I did not know what to expect but I was happy to learn a new language.

When we entered the class we could read “Goedemorgen” on the blackboard. The teacher gave us a handout. She introduced to us the phonetics of Dutch by repeating the sounds out loud so we could repit them afterwards. She also taught us how pairs of vowels work in Dutch with the same exercise. She even put some words in English so we could guess the sounds from examples.

Then we moved to numbers, the teacher taught us the structure of numbers and showed us the basic ones (zero to nine) so we could guess the rest. We repited the numbers out loud. This was really helpful because I studied German before and some numbers seem the same but are pronounced very differently. After that we were asked our age and we had to answer in Dutch, it was a very simple excercise yet very useful because that way we started to know each other aswell as producing Dutch sounds by ourselves.

The teacher asked about ways of getting to know people and introducing yourself. We said some ideas like: asking for names, age, studies, where they’re from, greetings, hobbies…
After that the teacher played an audio where two people met each other for the first time and they introduce each other. We had that conversation written so we could read and listen at the same time. Actually it was very easy to understand and we discovered some basic Ducth structures and sentences. Under the conversation we could revise some of the vocabulary in a list.

Then we were given another paper in which we were asked to fill the blank parts. It consisted in introducing sentences in Dutch. We did it in pairs so in the end we asked and we were asked every question.

At the end of the lesson the teacher asked us to write a brief introduction in the forum with the handout.

This first class was really encouraging since it introduced me to a new language, that I thought it was very difficult, in a way that I really enjoyed. Let’s see how it goes with the next lesson!!