View Full Version : Any dutch speaking guys around here?

Chris B
9th October 2004, 11:21
I'm currently taking dutch lessons. It all comes pretty easy so far, since I speak both English and German. So basically I understand a lot, but don't speak much yet. But even though it's all still pretty basic stuff, I figure some "listening practice" couldn't hurt right!?

So I've been looking for some dutch music (bands singing in dutch of course) and movies. But it's not easy when you don't know where to look.

So I figured somebody at the mighty MURC would have some recommendations... anything would be much appreciated.

9th October 2004, 12:03
music? hmmm.. I don't listen to dutch music, but I guess it's pretty easy to 'find' stuff by Marco Borsato or André Hazes.
as for movies: over here, most non-bargain bin DVDs have subtitles for a dozen of european languages, so I guess you can get DVDs with dutch language subtitles (or language tracks if you rent a dutch movie).

9th October 2004, 12:36
Music? Hmm... Bots, Herman van Veen (sp?)

Be aware though that Grammar etc. in music lyrics is often... creative ;)


Chris B
9th October 2004, 13:40
Thanks guys. I'll check out those artists :up:

Yeah I guess a lot of region 2 DVD's will have dutch subtitles at least. Good point.... that never occured to me till now :)

10th October 2004, 02:32
How would subtitles help you listening/speaking??

My advice: order stuff at VPRO (broadcasting company, http://www.vpro.nl/winkel/). Documentaries, music, comedy everuthing you might like, spoken in Dutch.

Chris B
10th October 2004, 03:27
Great link umfriend :up:

See it's things like this I probably would have never found on my own.

10th October 2004, 03:39
That's what umfriends are for ;)

10th October 2004, 08:36
Just don't listen to the music of Flip Kowlier. I mean, it is nice music, but it is in a Belgian dialect which makes it completely incomprehensible for most Dutch-speaking persons.

If you want Dutch subtitles, many DVD's can be usefull... (there rarely is dubbing though)


11th October 2004, 10:18
Surely Normaal? :p

13th October 2004, 01:20
You may also want to have a look at http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/

The site features some broadband streams of the Dutch public broadcasters. The "jeugdjournaal" may be a good first bet (news for youngsters, which makes an effort to use "simple" language).


13th October 2004, 01:24
oooohh, why did I not think of that... Yes Chris, that's a splendid idea!

Chris B
13th October 2004, 01:52
:up: That looks great Ees... I'll check that out once I get home :)

13th October 2004, 02:37
Maybe some music pointers as well (since that's what you were actually asking for)...

http://nederpop.pagina.nl/ lists a few Dutch artists, but it's kinda hard to give recommendations, since I don't know your taste in music.

Some suggestions, based on language (comprehensibility) and availability (I expect those to be available via p2p, ehrm, online ordering):

- Acda en De Munnik (male duo, "cute" songs)
- Bløf (pop/rock)
- De Dijk (pop/rock)
- Marco Borsato (middle of the road)
- Paul de Leeuw ("cute" songs)
- Van Dik Hout (pop/rock)

Not necessarily endorsed in any way ;-), but at least comprehensible and probably available somewhere.