I don't know Dutch- yet. But there are few languages (if any) harder than English, to be learned as a second or subsequent language. I know people who speak both and none of them except you would agree that Dutch is harder than English. I do know English, French and German (somewhat less) and I see no immediate problem with the Dutch Grammar system. I just had a 5-minute look at it. I knew what I was looking for. Well, sort of. I know grammar. Nouns have one more case than English (dative) which makes it exactly like German. (English uses a preposition plus objective / accusative case for the same function.) It has three genders, again like German and English. It has about the same tenses I had to learn in Latin, French and German - and Spanish and Italian for that matter. Except that Spanish has progressive tenses (I am reading, I was walking, etc.) constructed exactly like English ones. Italian has them (stare + gerund) but they are less frequently used. Getting out of the indicative mood (into the subjunctive) is beyond my ken in Dutch. I didn't even look. It has more than a bit of resemblance to German , both in grammar and vocabulary. Pronunciation differs quite a bit, though - particularly "G." I can read a bit of it - and years ago, I remarked to a friend at work who was born in Holland, that it seemed about halfway between English and German. He said no - it was more like three quarters of the way over to the German side. I took another look and yeah - he's right. Vincent, your English is excellent and I suspect that you might have learned some at home - either that or you went to a very good school and/or you were a terrific English student. My hat's off to you.