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Cristina Lo Bianco  Identity Verified
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Feb 1, 2009

Hallo everybody and sorry for intruding in engllish on your forum.

I'm trying to improve my flamish, wich they tell me is very similar to dutch, so I would like to find some easy reading. Any suggestion?

Thanks a lot,
Cristina

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kinderboeken Feb 1, 2009

Pardon my English as well, but I have the impression you will understand it better than Dutch. If by 'easy reading' you mean literature and similar material, try the children's section of your local library. Authors of children's books take care to use relatively simple vocabulary and concepts, so they are easier to understand for learners than books intended for adults. In many cases, they also provide insights into the culture. Ask the librarian for suggestions -- (s)he will probably be pleased to help.

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How do I tell if a book was originally written in Dutch and if it is "complete" and unabridged"? Feb 1, 2009

Ken Cox wrote:

If by 'easy reading' you mean literature and similar material, try the children's section of your local library. Authors of children's books take care to use relatively simple vocabulary and concepts, so they are easier to understand for learners than books intended for adults. In many cases, they also provide insights into the culture. Ask the librarian for suggestions -- (s)he will probably be pleased to help.


Thank you very much for your advice, Ken. I already thought about children book but it wolud also be nice to have the names of a few grown-ups' novelists.

Here's another question: what's the dutch expression for "complete and unabridged" and how do I tell if a book was originally written in dutch or if it is a translation? You may find it weird on the part of a translator, but I have a strict non-translated-non-abridged policy when it comes to reading.

Thanks again,
Cristina


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short answers Feb 2, 2009

IMO (and my experience) translated books in Dutch always have the name of the translator on the title page, or at least on the credits & disclaimers page, and sometimes on the cover. Also IMO&E, abridged versions are rare to nonexistent in Dutch (unlike some other languages), so I imagine that an abridged version would be clearly labeled as such and anything that is not so labeled is not abridged.
The Dutch (and Flemish) are proud of their literacy and traditionally have a high regard for language and literature, although this is eroding under the impact of the video/Web culture.


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Begin met de literatuurlijsten voor middelbare scholieren.... Feb 2, 2009

Je zou natuurlijk kunnen beginnen bij de literatuurlijsten voor middelbare scholieren. Als je even zoekt met Google, vind je zo een aantal lijsten. Volgens mij is de onderstaande link erg geschikt: met een paar steekwoorden wordt het onderwerp aangegeven en het puntenaantal geeft (als ik het goed herinner) de moeilijkheidsgraad weer.

http://www.hetnieuwelyceum.nl/downloads/nederlands/literatuurlijst%203-4%20havo-vwo.pdf

Veel plezier met lezen! Tot mijn favorieten behoren in ieder geval de boeken van Hermans & Wolkers. Grunberg is de literaire ster van dit moment, maar tot nu toe vond ik van hem alleen Tirza echt de moeite waard.


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Bart Moeyaert Feb 10, 2009

Why don't you try the Flemish writer Bart Moeyaert?
He writes books for children and young people, but also as an adult you will love it, I'm sure!
www.bartmoeyaert.com


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Thanks Feb 20, 2009

...a lot to everybody for your advice!

Ciao,
Cristina


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