Dutch self-taught : with phonetic pronunciation (1910) PDF book by Carl A. Thimm

Dutch self-taught: with phonetic pronunciation (1910) PDF book by  Carl A. Thimm

Dutch self-taught: with phonetic pronunciation



This book was published in 1910. The author offers a language course in the Dutch Language for Beginners.  The present manual is designed for students, and for those whose business or pleasure renders a practical acquaintance with the language a necessity,

Dutch language, also called Netherlandic or Dutch Nederlands, in Belgium called Flemish or Flemish Vlaams, a West Germanic language that is the national language of the Netherlands and, with French and German, one of the three official languages of Belgium.

The Dutch language being collateral of the Modern German, there is considerable similarity between them, both having originated in the one form of construction, viz., old High German, and both having the same root words. This close relationship will naturally be found of great assistance to the student who, having knowledge of either language, desires to learn the other.

 The present manual is designed for students, and for those whose business or pleasure renders a practical acquaintance with the language a necessity, or at any rate a desideratum. Merchants, professional and commercial men visiting Holland or its dependencies, and travelers, officials, and settlers in South Africa will find it of great service and value. Dutch as spoken in Holland has been adhered to, for I found, whilst serving with the South African Field Force, that this is generally understood by the Boers and the Gape Dutch; moreover, it is this parent tongue that is being taught in the Government schools both in the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony. The very full outline of Grammar that forms a special and important feature of the work, will prove most helpful to the student and all who desire to master the language.

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