I recently read the book "The First 20 Hours" by Josh Kaufman, and I wanted to apply his method of rapid skill acquisition to learning conversational Dutch. I'm trying to take that skill and distill it into it's base parts. Unfortunately, I don't have much experience learning a new language, successfully anyway. While my experience with high school Spanish provides a little insight into how to learn a language, I don't think that the overall approach was particularly sound.
So here is what I'm thinking so far, and I would really appreciate it if someone with more experience learning human languages might be able to assist.
- Memorize the most commonly used 2,000 words of Dutch. (I found the most commonly used 10,000 Dutch words and reduced this list to the first 2,000 entries). I plan on doing this by using Anki flashcards.
- Learn to pronounce some of the longer and more difficult words. I'm planning on downloading the audio files for these words from Google Translate and attaching them to their respective cards.
Where I'm starting to become tripped up is in the grammar. Obviously learning how to conjugate verbs, the past v. future v. present tenses, possessives, etc. is all important in being able to have a basic conversation in any language. I'm just not sure what the most efficient way of doing this is, and I'm pretty sure that the "academic" method I learned was not very effective. I also tried the Rosetta Stone program with limited success (I may have been falling into the pitfall of trying to 'perfectly' learn each series). Any input on this would be very much appreciated.