Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

Plurals in Dutch

Continuing with the Assimil courses and am only at lesson 4 (one a day), and already I'm seeing "fun" complexities of the language I would take for granted in English. I can see now that the plurals are going to give me fits. How do you make a work plural in Dutch? By adding "en" to the end. "Book, books" is "boek, boeken". Of course, we sort of do this in English, too. Think "child, children". Of course, just to make it more interesting, they add "eren" to some words to make them plural. "Child, children" is "kind, kinderen". And to round it out, I've found out that they even add "s" to some words, just to further confuse foreigners. "Film, films" is the same in Dutch and English.

Today is a day that I really don't want to study a new language, but I don't think I can skip any. Hence, my blogging about this silly (and boring) stuff on the theory that it keeps my honest. If we get to November 30th and I'm not on my 20th lesson, I've been lazy.
Tags: language, travel
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