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Step by Step

Now that I live here and am not just visiting...
I'm bound and determined to really learn the Dutch language.

Dag voor dag!
(day by day)
Beetje bij beetje!
(little by little)
Stap voor stap!
(step by step)

Step by Step

Now that I live here and am not just visiting...
I'm bound and determined to really learn the Dutch language.

Dag voor dag!
(day by day)
Beetje bij beetje!
(little by little)
Stap voor stap!
(step by step)

comments (47)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2009, 00:20
Don't forget ontbijt Ginnie: it's the only word I know. Maybe I'm ready for another
Ginnie Hart: I will NOOIT forget ontbijt, Chris...my favorite meal of the day. Now I've given you a new word. grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Dec 2009, 04:26
Vul uw huis met kleine kinderen, zoals deze, Ginnie, en probeer te houden met hen, omdat zij de taal te leren ... dan [zoals ik] als je achterop raakt, krijgen de kinderen als uw tolken. Kinderen kunnen worden nederig.

[Fill your home with small children, like this one, Ginnie, and then try to keep up with them as they learn the language...then [like I did] as you fall behind, get the children to be your interpreters.

Kids can be humbling.]

Ginnie Hart: This is exactly how I learn a language, Ray...seeing the words and then getting the translation. So, ONTZETTEND BEDANKT! smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 9 Dec 2009, 05:42
I will save you from my written Dutch, I often wonder if Astrid is getting the right message lol. Since I got a dictionary that gives both languages, I sometimes look up the word in Dutch only to find it isn't the same as what it said it was in the English section. Plus, I would be hopless at trying to pronouce even a quarter of these words.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid tells me she can always tell when someone is using "Cheap Hong Kong," BUT it delights her to no end, Aussie, whenever you use any form of the language. She always gets the drift of what you're saying and LOVES the effort. My problem is that I want to be perfect, so sometimes I won't say/write something if I'm not sure it's right. I'm having to get over that! When we are out-n-about or side-by-side on the couch, I will have her help me with pronunciation and meaning. But I will say the word first...and have her correct me. All those double vowels drive me crazy!
Very nice photograph. Very nice stage
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. Merci. I saw this little boy while I was outside yesterday.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Dec 2009, 05:57
MLS.....jij zal het Nederlands leren, daar twijfel ik niet aan, elke keer als we buiten zijn, wil je weten wat er op de reclame borden geschreven staat en je spreekt het goed uit.
(You will learn Dutch, I have no doubts at all, each time we are outside you want to know what is written on the signs and pronounce it very good....
A wonderful post.
......and Aussie is right, our language is hard to pronounce...grin but that makes it all the fun.
Ginnie Hart: One day those double vowels will slide off the tip of my tongue without even thinking about it, MLMA. THAT will be the day. Thank you for your patience with me...but you have known from the very beginning that I DO want to learn your language. It's not fair for you to have to always think/talk to me in English. But...I have a lot of catching up to do! Sigh.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2009, 06:07
I am happy for you. How is the language learning going?
Ginnie Hart: I probably know a lot more than I think I do, Kanyi, and I am learning new vocabulary every day. That is very important to me! Thank you.
awww wow i guess it's a good thing babies don't have babies, they can't reach the handles!! too beetje i guess lolol i could never learn another language, english is hard enuff, so good on ya!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, you probably CAN learn another language, stap voor stap, Elaine. smile And yes, small children who get out of their strollers to push them around tickle me to no end. It shows how much they want to grow up! smile
Una clariada excelente con un tono sepia muy agradable.

Muy bonita la foto.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Dec 2009, 07:04
Yoiks if you are going to test us l better cut and paste your words into a document so l can memorise them,

Nice shot and caption Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Well, if I have to learn Dutch, you might as well learn it along with me, Tony! HA! grin Now wouldn't THAT be fun. Thanks.
I am sure you will learn the language slowly but surely Ginnie!
Lovely picture.
Ginnie Hart: That's my plan, Richard, and what I have to believe. I will remain upbeat and positive!!! Thanks.
Wonen in Nederland zult u snel leren. Maak Astrid spreken in het Nederlands naar u liever dan het Engels.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid often speaks Dutch to me, Bill, and often I speak Dutch to her. But we laugh...because most of what I know is "bedroom" Dutch. I will obviously need to branch out!! grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2009, 07:47
Ja, Ginnie, dit klopt, het Nederlands is zo'n prachtige, erg lieve taal, en ik hou van haar! You are right we have to learn it stap voor stap- and the more words, idioms, and sentences we know and can use, the more familiar and dearer this language might be! I particularly love the diminuitives: beetje, dagje-uit, huisje ..., oh, I miss that very in English!
Oh, I forgot to say: a sweet picje van een kleintje!
Ginnie Hart: And to think that YOU know so much Dutch yourself, Philine! Sometimes I forget that you are German. So, I will learn from you, too, because you have already gone before me. Ontzettend bedankt. I find the diminutives delightful as well, especially when out of Astrid's mouth. She uses them often....and I hear them as terms of endearment. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2009, 08:31
Looks like with your help we will be learning at the same time ;o) This little chap seems to be doing fine all on his own though ;o)
Ginnie Hart: If I have to learn, you might as well learn with me, Mike, right?! grin How fun. It will make it seem more like a game for me. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2009, 08:46
And I forgot to say: You have the best Dutch teacher day by day- and as you know "de liefde is de best leraar/lerares" om een taal vanaf het begin te leren/ "love is the best teacher" in order to learn a language in all its finesses!
I often heart that nothing is better and more successful if you want to learn a language than to live in even that land where the language is spoken, this may be better than thousands of lessons at school!
Ginnie Hart: I will never have a better teacher than Astrid, Philine. But we often laugh about how I need to learn more than "bedroom" Dutch. HAHAHAHA! Conversational Dutch will always be better than anything I learn in a lesson. So, I will learn it the easy way, I hope. However, I always have to see it written down...so I'm constantly asking Astrid to spell it for me!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2009, 08:54
It doesn't look too dissimilar to English from the words you have chosen. Learning a language is one of the most satisfying of life's skills - best of luck.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Ingrid. Surely I will learn some of it by osmosis??? smile
I like how he walks on his tip toes
Ginnie Hart: I know, Chantal. He almost can't reach the handles! smile
I wish you every success in your venture.

hartelijke groeten.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe we'll all learn Dutch from each other, Chad!?! grin
I have a hard enough time mastering my own native tongue, let alone learning new ones! ha ha

That's a wonderfully presented, observational shot, Ginnie. I may be somewhat late, but may I wish you both everlasting happiness and love
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Paul. Sometimes I start speaking Spanish or German when I know I'm supposed to use another language. THAT gets real confusing fast! grin

Thanks for your wonderful wishes to/for us, Paul, which are never too late.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2009, 11:12
Yes, you are right- the je-woordjes are for me a sound of endearment, too- and there are so many other sweet or grappige phrases! I have to confess: Beside my own native language- Dutch is for me the most tender and dearest language, full of caress I'm now learning - and if you are listening to the very soft sounds of southern Dutch that my teachers are speaking, you believe to listen to music!
Nog een fijne dag toegewenst en hartelijke groetjes van Philine
Ginnie Hart: I can tell how much you love Dutch, Philine...which makes you even more dear to both of us. It is music to mijn oren ook. DJW!
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 9 Dec 2009, 11:29
Zeer kleine stappen voor mij
Ginnie Hart: Small steps are okay, Vintage, as long as they get you somewhere!! That's what I keep telling myself.
  • david
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2009, 12:09
little kiddie steps make it easier longterm...i'm sure you'll have no problem! excellent shot to accompany the words.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, David. Even the smallest steps can get you to where you want to go. Keep reminding me of that, please. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 9 Dec 2009, 12:25
Dag för dag!
(day by day)
Lite i taget!
(little by little)
Steg för steg!
(step by step)
A little Swedish for you to mess things up ;-) Beautiful image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. I love it, Frida. And in this way we see how much all our languages are somewhat intertwined! Thank you.
I take my silly hat off to you Ginnie..learning a new language.
I've tried getting my tongue around the Welsh language..to no avail.
A lovely picture you have here today.
Ginnie Hart: If I can get a smattering of Dutch to keep pace with Astrid's English, I'll be a very happy camper, Ron. Thank you!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Dec 2009, 12:59
Good luck with that, Ginnie. Just shout loudly; they will soon understand.
Ginnie Hart: That is so funny, Alan. Why is it we start talking louder when we think someone can't understand our language! LOL. BTW, I need all the luck I can get, trust me!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2009, 13:27
Growing up into it, that's you. Savor it.
Ginnie Hart: I had a "bad" moment today, Ruth, and almost despaired of ever getting past the baby stage. Sigh. I need to remember that it won't happen overnight! Thanks, Sweetie.
A great shot Ginnie. My Dad would have said that Dutch is one of those languages that, at times, requires a lot of spit, be careful not to spray in Astrids direction smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA! It is definitely one of those languages, Brian. grin So far so good. You sure gave me a good laugh. Thanks.
nice... very nice lovely photo he's so pretty!!!
Ginnie Hart: Kids are so cute when they do this, Fabrizio. Grazie.
Such a cute shot Ginnie,good luck with learning Dutch, you have good help beside you.
Ginnie Hart: I definitely have good help beside me, Linda, but I still need all the luck I can get, trust me. Thanks for your support.
Wonderful photo! Kids doing that always remind me of dogs carrying their own leash. smile

But the caption... Why "voor" in one place, "bij" in another? (Leave it to me to want to know about the words!)
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Linda...the parallel to dogs carrying their own leash. Both always tickle me to death! Thanks for that reminder.

And OMG to your WHY question. That's exactly what I asked Astrid. We use 'by' in all 3 situations, so that was what I was gonna write. Thank God I asked her first! My biggest problem in learning a language is WHY. I need to know WHY they say it that way. I need to know what the word looks like written after I hear it. THAT'S how I learn. Conversational learning works to a certain extent for me but in the end, I always need to understand the grammar, the mathematical formula, the spelling, etc. Maybe that's why Linguistics was my educational background??? Sometimes there are direct equivalents/parallels, but most of the time not (as in this bij/voor case). Let's face it, languages are this way, with a mind of their own. If we take the Tower of Babel literally, it was meant to confuse us. grin
I'm sure you'll come on in leaps and bounds Ginnie, with Astrid there to help you.

Love the little child practicing to be a grown up.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is definitely patient with me and knows the pain I suffer when I can't speak her language like I want. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher! Thanks, Janet.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 9 Dec 2009, 16:30
My baby does the same.

Nice shot
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Oscar. Gracias.
About the photograph... just love what you have captured. I am, personally, very interested in 20th Century social history. I watched a wonderful documentary on the tv last night giving a delightful overview of 'childrens play' in Britain during the 20th century. It brought back so many wonderful memories, particularly as I spent a career in teaching. It is from a British perspective but worth browsing ... You can google 'Hop Skip and Jump' BBC4 to find it ... just a thought.

Ginnie Hart: Very interesting, Richard. I'll definitely keep that in mind, as such things really reach my soul. There is so much that comes from teaching, as you know! Thanks.
Hallo Ginnie, welkom en heerlijk om heb je aan deze kant van de vijver tonguetongue - Courtsey Google Translate
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Fotografa. I am delighted to be on this side of the Pond! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Dec 2009, 18:32
De plaveizel deed me denken dat de foto niet van Atlanta komen. Lijkt me geheel nederlands.

Moet je van Astrid vragen dat ze je Fries gaan leren. Daar weet ze toevallig ook een boel van.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE that this photo is not from Atlanta, Louis, even if I could have found such a child doing this. There wouldn't have been any cobblestones, for sure! Astrid did just tell me about Friesland...and how hard it is to understand them. It sounds even harder than understanding our States' Southern drawl! It's what makes the world go 'round, I guess. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2009, 18:51
Who says old dogs don't learn new new tricks????? grin

You inspire me to take up another language Ginnie.

My regards to Astrid.
Ginnie Hart: Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, Maria, but it's just harder. HA! If I inspire you, good. We'll learn Dutch together, maybe? smile Thanks.
Fabulous, belongs on the front of a greeting card, Cheers, HC
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You're a sweetheart for saying so, HC. Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2009, 00:30
well thanks for sharing those bits of dutch for us to practice too.. smile today's post is very much fitting too.. great capture.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I 'spect you'll all have to learn a bit of Dutch with me, Rian...if I have to learn it myself! So, get used to it. grin Thanks.
smile by smile...smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Glimlach voor glimlach! I like that, Larry.
good luck to learn dutch , but u need to learn nothing about photography , this one is so beautiful again one time

so cute smile

have a good day
Ginnie Hart: You are way too kind, Jean-Luc, because surely I have much to learn still about photography. I sure do enjoy it, however, and that's half the learning! smile Merci.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2009, 15:47
Such determination - both the little girl...and you. Can't wait to see your 'Dutch' titles!!!
Ginnie Hart: Dutch titles? Hmmmm. That's an idea, Marcie, but I'll promise a translation. smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2009, 16:44
Hi Ginnie, so we can see, self is the men ;-) realy cool street shot
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Klaus. I am this child! smile Danke.
  • sylvia
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2009, 20:08
Ah...the joys of language learning. I, unfortunately have to learn two of the hardest simultaneously - Chinese and Tibetan. I yearn for the days of Afrikaans, similar to dutch. It made sense. It was natural. It was easy to remember. Or even Portuguese....in a pinch I could through in a Spanish word or two and chances are they'd get it. Now, it's all just hard. But you're right. It's all step by step. Thanks for the reminder.
Ginnie Hart: I can't imagine learning Chinese and Tibetan, Sylvia. I'll have to remember that when I'm having a hard time with Dutch! I find myself wanting to speak German and/or Spanish every time I know I'm supposed to be speaking something other than English. One day Dutch will roll off my tongue without thinking...I hope! Good luck to both of us!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 10 Dec 2009, 20:46
Good luck learning the language! I am terrible at that sort of thing. I remember like two words from Spanish class in High School lol. Nice moment you captured here.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Sometimes I speak Spanish, Andy, instead of Dutch, just to let them know I'm trying not to speak English. grin It's crazy!
What a lovely shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, RS.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 12 Dec 2009, 21:05
très jolie scène.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Msrie. Merci.
And that is such a great thing to do. I only wish I lived where they speak French. I'm slowly falling back into loosing much of what I learned in the 2.5 years I was in Switzerland. I don't like loosing it at all!
Ginnie Hart: I would hate to lose any language I learn, Jen. Maybe you'll get it back faster than you think...especially somewhere there in Canada?
Lol, reminds me of ME!! Lovely capture smile
Ginnie Hart: I always love seeing wee kids doing this, Dave. smile Thanks for backtracking to here.

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