WHAT IS THE DUTCH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Dutch pronunciation bundle is a set of the essential Anki flashcards to learn Dutch pronunciation. It is made for Dutch learners at the beginners level who would like to learn and memorize Dutch pronunciation within 1-2 months. Even intermediate and advanced Dutch learners will find this useful, especially if you still have Dutch pronunciation problems. With this digital flashcard bundle, you’ll learn the Dutch alphabet, Dutch IPA pronunciation and Dutch minimal pairs.
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WHY SHOULD I LEARN DUTCH PRONUNCIATION?
Sounds of Dutch are the Foundations of the Language
If we breakdown the Dutch language and examine what makes up a language, we can see that Dutch conversations are made up of sentences. Then, each sentence is made up of words. But each Dutch word is made up of unique Dutch sounds. These sounds are the foundations of the Dutch language.
The sounds of Dutch are different to your native language. Some of the Dutch sounds aren’t used very often in the English language for example. The way we would pronounce letters from the alphabet are also different in English compared to Dutch. In order to begin learning Dutch and the sounds of Dutch, we need to learn Dutch pronunciation.
Learn Dutch Pronunciation to Avoid Permanent Errors in Speaking
If you speak with terrible Dutch pronunciation to a native Dutch speaker, they may not understand you, even though your Dutch vocab and grammar are perfect. We want to make sure that you get the foundations of Dutch handled right from the beginning because it might be very difficult to change your accent later on.
Language experts call this phenomenon “fossilization”. It’s when language learners make permanent errors in the way they speak a foreign language because they constantly use language features of their native language. If you skip learning pronunciation, you’ll most likely create bad habits, which can prevent you from being able to communicate in Dutch.
Self-correction and Boost of Confidence
If you have terrible pronunciation, then you’re more likely to face situations where you are misunderstood and confused. When this happens, you might feel embarrassed and frustrated because you’re unable to communicate properly and this hinders your ability to learn Dutch.
It would be impossible to have a Dutch tutor follow you everywhere and correct your pronunciation in all situations. So we recommend that the best solution to your poor pronunciation is to improve your ability to self-correct yourself. In this way, you will be able to catch yourself making pronunciation mistakes, and then correct yourself before miscommunication occurs. The Dutch Pronunciation Flashcards Bundle helps you remember all of the important sounds of Dutch so that you can self-correct your pronunciation in any situation.
When you improve your Dutch pronunciation, you also get the added bonus of improving your confidence and motivation to learn Dutch, and research studies have shown this to be true. By self-correcting your own pronunciation difficulties, it will help improve your listening comprehension and give you confidence to speak in Dutch. Your Dutch pronunciation can enhance your fluency and native speakers will understand you better.
HOW DO I LEARN DUTCH PRONUNCIATION?
Dutch pronunciation can be broken down into 3 parts: Dutch alphabet, Dutch IPA and Dutch minimal pairs. All 3 parts will help to improve your Dutch pronunciation in different but essential ways.
1. Dutch Alphabet
In order to improve your pronunciation, the Dutch alphabet is the first step because the alphabet is used to write out Dutch words and represent Dutch sounds. Native Dutch speakers use this alphabet to write words and sentences, so it makes sense when learning Dutch to start with the Dutch alphabet.
Although Dutch letters mostly look the same as the English alphabet, the Dutch name of the letter and its use in Dutch words will be different. Again, we want to familiarize ourselves with the Dutch sounds in order to avoid “fossilization” from occurring and affecting your speech.
By learning the Dutch alphabet, you’ll also expose yourself to some words that start with those letters. This can help you associate how those letters sound in actual Dutch words.
2. Dutch IPA
The Dutch IPA (Dutch International Phonetic Alphabet) is a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is useful because the IPA of a word tells you how to pronounce it correctly in Dutch in a standardized way.
The regular Dutch alphabet is different from the Dutch IPA. Take the example of the Dutch word “hoed”, which means “hat”. If you read this Dutch word as it’s spelled in regular Dutch letters, then you may not pronounce it correctly.
As a native English speaker, you may pronounce it as “ho-ed”, but that is incorrect and a Dutch speaker will be totally confused. You’ll feel embarrassed and not get your point across. But, if you read the IPA of “hoet”, you’ll find it spelled like this ” [hut] “.
By learning the Dutch IPA you’ll be able to pronounce sounds in Dutch from the written IPA. In time, you’ll be able to see the IPA symbols and know how the word should be pronounced correctly.
3. Dutch Minimal Pairs
Minimal pairs are 2 words that seem very similar when you hear them, except for just 1 sound. In Dutch, there are minimal pairs such as “gebeuren” and “geboren”, which mean “to happen” and “born” respectively.
These subtle differences in sound can make all the difference when you are trying to understand or speak Dutch.
Learning the Dutch minimal pairs can improve your pronunciation skills as well as your listening comprehension. This is proven by academic research.
Ann Bradlow from Cornell University and colleagues did academic research that found that minimal pair training results in improved pronunciation. Language learners of English improved their ability to discriminate between the /r/ and /l/ sounds to around 82 percent accuracy from 65 percent from a training period of 15-22 hours over 3 weeks.
In a recent study published in 2020, academic researchers from UCAM University did minimal pair testing in Spain. The researchers studied 52 language learners, focused on minimal pair words that compared sounds like /æ/ , /ɑː/ , /ʌ/ , and /ə/, as well as comparing the /s/ and /z/ sounds. They concluded that minimal pair training fostered substantial improvements in the learners’ perception and production of the target sounds.
Dutch minimal pairs are important as there is strong academic evidence that shows that it can improve your Dutch pronunciation. Also, if you can distinguish between the different Dutch sounds, you’ll be able to understand Dutch native speakers better and you’ll enunciate words clearer.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE DUTCH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Anki Dutch pronunciation flashcards bundle includes all 3 digital flashcard decks for Anki you’ll need to learn Dutch pronunciation. The 3 flashcard decks included are:
Learn the Dutch alphabet with pictures and audio. Get familiar with the sounds & letters of the Dutch language.
Learn the fundamentals in Dutch pronunciation using the Dutch IPA Anki flashcards.
Learn the most common Dutch minimal pairs to improve your Dutch pronunciation.
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