Caroline Eliot

It seems like I have been learning Dutch for ever! I've got to a standard where I can get by but can't seem to get much further. Sometimes I get really enthusiastic and buy the text book of the moment - I've now got a shelf full of text books with only the first chapters done!  I know my Dutch is OK though I have weak points that need addressing - but that's not how lessons or text books work.
I was Googling and stumbled on these short, targeted  lessons on Plezier in Taal and I have found them really useful - and have actually now worked my way through most of them. It was a bit like spring-cleaning a house! Tackling the whole house is just too daunting but by concentrating on one room at a time, it all fell into place with surprising little effort.
After years of bumping along at my basic standard in Dutch, by concentrating on one topic at a time I have been able to spot fix my weak points. I took the test on this web-site to pin-point where my faults are and then chose the lessons I needed. I found the modules on spelling and the dreaded 'de' and 'het' the most useful for me. I had always struggled with them.

Caroline Eliot, Norfolk, UK

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