Hey, Chad! One American friend who lives in German said he went to Amsterdam and realized Dutch "is basically badly spelled German." I lived in Germany for a bit in high school and studied it in college, which has made learning Dutch easier. Dutch, German, and English are all Germanic languages (though German and Dutch are still closer, as English has been Latinized and influenced by many other languages as well).
I'm learning Dutch because my husband and I are hoping to move to the Netherlands to work with Damascus Road International Church