Duolingo is a language-learning phone app, and a rather good one. It also has an online version, but we have primarily been using it on our phones. Although I don’t think it’s a full package for learning a language, I think it gets a lot of things right for building your vocabulary, learning the basics and retaining what you've learned.
Now having lived in the Netherlands for three months, we've found that sometimes what you learn is overly formal and old-fashioned for the culture that currently exists here. I understand that what all of us beginners learn is the “proper” way of speaking Dutch, and that it usually makes sense to err on the side of being more formal. But the fact remains that no one speaks like the Pimsleurs Dutch CDs here.
We've chosen to live in Haarlem. The most frequent reaction of locals, and probably our dear readers, is bewilderment. Really, Haarlem!? It may not be Amsterdam, but the perfect opportunities for us and Nougat were right here. You probably don't know much about Haarlem, so we wanted to share some of the reasons we fell in love with this city.