best way ive found is this. Live there :-P
Also, carry a small notebook with you and write down some of the sentences on how you think it sounds (phonetics) then also write down the exact way its spellled with proper punctuation. Then write in english what the direct translation would be.
This will help you get the sound, also see the proper way its spelled and the translation. Writing it down like so will help your brain remember/memorize what you are learning.
Phonetic -Ick How Vahn Yow
Proper - Ik hou van jou.
Translation - I love you
on a side note, when you are fluent in German, you are almost 90% fluent in Dutch