Dutch in 3D
Welcome to this page. It is a special page for Dutch Brainwash Graduates and here I would like to tell a bit more about something that I like to call Dutch in 3D.
In the Dutch Brainwash you learned many things. Hopefully you have embraced the idea that right now – with all the knowledge that you have – you can virtually talk about any subject that you like.
You know how to create sentences. I hope that you remember that there is a strict and logical procedure. You know that every sentence needs an action figure ( a person or a noun) that you need some verbs, you need to put verbs in the right form and you need to know where to put those verbs in a sentence….
You also discovered that it is easy to explode your vocabulary, if you think in logical and structured ways and that real magic happens when you combine it with visual thinking and creativity….
Sure… you may have noticed that sometimes speaking Dutch is easy and that Dutch can still be a huge challenge! What you must have noticed is that Dutch people still use many sentence constructions and words that were not covered in the Brainwash.
What you learned in the Brainwash is a system that is relatively simple, so that at least you have been able to start to talk. It is very action driven. The main purpose is to make sure that you talk first, learn loads of new stuff and that while speaking with other people you also pick up many other things….
The problem is that when people feel that they have too many choices, then they tend to analyze to much and that is never ever a good idea. If you keep it simple, certainly in the beginning, then at least you can start to speak about anything that you want anyway…
And then… once you feel more relaxed and more in control, you must also realize that something is missing… the set of skills that you need for both grammar and vocabulary is not complete yet.
Then there is also another paradox. You may have noticed that certainly when Dutch people talk about simple things, when they do small talk, all of a sudden you’ll hear many more ‘complex’ and ‘advanced’ constructions. The strange thing is that to the Dutch mind these constructions are not complex at all, most people would not even think about them, because they feel so normal. Therefore, even if Dutch people try to simplify their way of speaking for you, what they’ll still do is speak Dutch on their level, which for you is the second level, the more advanced level.
So sooner or later you may feel that it is time to go to a whole new level again. I like to call it: taking the step to see Dutch in 3D.
Once you see and hear Dutch in 3D, you’ll see the complete picture and and you will hear it in full depth.
It is important that if you really like to live your Dutch life to the fullest and if you want to have full understanding of everything when you lead your life in Dutch, then some important key components must still be added to your Dutch. Certainly if you want to have easy conversations and if you want to do small talk!
Here are some key components that will turn your Dutch into a rich 3D experience!