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Welkom! Being on this page means that you have some interest in learning the Dutch language. If you want to learn the basics of the Dutch language this is the right place to be! You probably already know some words in Dutch since there are some similarities between the Dutch and English language. For example, the word "papier" in Dutch is very similar to its English translation "paper". You will definitely learn more words that are similar to English, or are completely the same!

Learn Dutch online and for free

You can learn Dutch for free with this online self-study course. The course is separated in topics that are interesting for learners of Dutch. The chapters include several exercises where you can train your skills. The chapters of the course will help you to improve your Dutch reading, writing, pronunciation and listening skills.

Learn Dutch grammar and vocabulary

This course will give you a basic understanding of Dutch grammar and vocabulary. In each chapter, vocabulary about a certain topics will be explained extensively. First of all, you will familiarise yourself with 'The Dutch alphabet and pronunciation'. When you master the Dutch pronunciation, you can learn about subjects such as: 'the numbers in Dutch, 'Dutch colours' and 'Food and drinks in Dutch'. Do not forget to take a look at the grammar topics that are included on some pages, these topics will help you to understand the Dutch language even better!

Should I learn Dutch?

After reading this, you might wonder: why should I learn Dutch? Well there are several good reasons to learn Dutch:

  • Dutch is the native language of approximately 23 million people in 3 countries: The Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname.
  • The language is closely related to the English language, thus learning it will be relatively easy for English native speakers.
  • If you know the Dutch language, you can also understand the closely-related language Afrikaans which is spoken in South-Africa and Namibia. Have a look at the two languages to see the similarity: Dutch: Wat is jouw naam? Afrikaans: Wat is jou naam?
  • Learning Dutch will help you to understand the culture and society of the Netherlands. Speaking and understanding Dutch wil make daily activities such as reading the newspaper, doing groceries or watching television much easier and more fun!

Good luck and have fun with this Dutch course for beginners, or as we say in Dutch: "Veel succes en veel plezier met deze cursus Nederlands voor beginners!'

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4.94/5

Learn to communicate in Dutch from the first lesson! Enjoyable classes with teaching materials tailored to your needs. First 30 min. class for free. My name is Karin and I'm from Holland, but I live on the Canary Islands. I love teaching DUTCH and have done so for more than 20 years. I have a Diploma in English Philology. I also have two methodology degrees: the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults of the University of Cambridge) and the FCTBE (Foundation Certificate for Teachers of Business English of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry).
I have taught at a Business School and ten companies. In the last two years I've mainly been giving private lessons and I've developed a variety of online self-study DUTCH courses. My schedule is flexible and I adapt myself to the needs and interests of my students so that they reach their objectives in the shortest possible time.
Enjoyable classes, with teaching materials tailored to your needs.
How do the classes work? A class lasts 45 minutes. I'll send you the materials we are going to use in class beforehand so you can print them. After the class I'll send you audios of the notes we made, vocabulary etc. My speciality is communication, from beginner level to advanced. So, you will speak some Dutch in the first class already! Why wait any longer? Let's get started! :-)

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I had my first lesson a couple of days ago and everything went super good! Karin was attentive, transmiting her positivism and helping me with every doubt I had. She really focus on teaching how to pronounce and talk a language, so this is really interesting for me, to practise it & be able to use it in my day by day. I really recommend her to everyone willing to learn a new language :)
Karin  L. Karin L.
Hi Alba! Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I enjoyed our class too & I wish you the best of luck with all your future projects :-)

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Hello
My name is Anco Peeters,. I am born in The Netherlands and a native speaker of the Dutch language..
I started my career as a schoolteacher and as a gymnastic instructor.
Later I started working in the ICT sector. Now I am a freelance instructor and consultant who teaches mainly networking and telephony.
I am also an NLP Practitioner

My hobbies are: Yoga, traveling, fitness, walking, meeting people

I would love to teach the Dutch language in an informal way with the accent on learning to speak the language. Grammar is also important. We can talk about any topic. I would like to help you making progress and have a lot of experience in creating an individual plan for every student based on your needs

Would love to see you for a trial lesson

Kind regards
Anco

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Enthousiast and engaged teacher. Plans a lesson around your needs and focuses on details specific to you. Finds helpful material for the lessons but also for the time between. Easy to talk to and can be reached easily too.
Anco P. Anco P.
Hi Mia, thank you for this feedback. We will continue in this way until you are ready for your exam!
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Hi! I've been teaching Dutch, Spanish and Italian for many years, in The Netherlands, for private institutes, for the integration of foreigners into society, and online from Italy, where I currently live.

I will help you, in a simple but effective way, to learn your favorite language(s). By focusing on conversation from the very beginning, I will help you in becoming confident with the language so that you will learn it faster.

Learning a foreign language is not a matter of doing much effort, but rather of being consistent, enjoying the lessons and allowing your intuition to work with you. You will book immediate results while having fun!

I offer you general language courses Italian (A1-C2), Dutch (A1-C1) and Spanish (A1-C1), as well as courses "Basisinburgering" "Inburgeringsexamen A1 and A2".

For English I offer ONLY pronunciation exercises. If you struggle with your pronunciation and you want to become more confident, I can help you achieve your goal. We will practice by reading texts together and you will see amazing results in a very short time.

So if you want to learn a language or improve the one you already speak, whether it is for work, to move abroad or just because you love languages, contact me for a free trial and let me know how I can help you.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

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Good teaching method, it adapts to your learning needs, very good, good interaction with the student. I thought I could never learn this language but thanks to Elena I saw my progress.
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Elena P. Elena P. IT
Thank you so much for your words, Maribel! I am happy to feel satisfied with our journey together. So am I. Together we will be able to make even more progress until your goals are fully achieved.
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Hi there!

I’m Feby, I’m originally from Belgium and I recently graduated in International Business Management. Over the last couple of years, I have been living in Finland (Tampere) and Canada (Toronto) but currently, I’m staying in Mexico where I teach at a language school. My biggest passion is traveling (and chocolate). My native language is Dutch but I’m fluent in English and French too. I’m also able to communicate in Spanish and German.

I do believe practice is the key aspect of learning and maintaining a language. So if you are looking for somebody to help you with your conversational skills (speaking and listening), I might be your person!

Hope to talk to you soon!

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Feby quickly understood what it was essentially necessary to work to improve my Dutch. Very attentive, very kind and without ever judging the level, it allows you to feel comfortable in a language that we are trying to learn. Very good didactic follow-up also after the course. Thanks to Feby I highly recommend
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Feby D. Feby D. BE
Thank you very much for your positive review, David! You are a very pleasant and motivated person to teach.
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Hi there

My name is Lieneke Jansen and I am 51 years old.

I am from a small country in Europe called the Netherlands

I am a TEFL certified English teacher with experience in teaching both children and adults.

Although I am a non-native speaker, I have learned English since high school, and practicing it on a daily basis from then on

I  have over 30 years of working experience in several international companies on a high professional work and think level.

I’m specialised in business conversation and practicing speaking skills on every possible level

Looking forward to meet you as my student.

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Today was getting to know each other. That was great. Lieneke speaks very clearly, I could understand everything. As desired, she corrected my word and grammatical errors, let me speak, and then carefully added the corrections. I'm looking forward to the next hour.
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Lieneke J. Lieneke J.
Thank you for your kind review Astrid. I hope we will have many fun and educational lessons together.
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Hello!

My name is Laura Borger and I am a qualified language teacher. I have been teaching Dutch and English to young and old for the past five years. At the University of Leiden I completed the Master Linguistics and the Master Education.

I base my lessons on the needs and interests of my students. For example, if you are in need of grammar, I will adjust my material accordingly. Or if you want to focus on speaking skills, I create activities to develop this skill.

My personal goal is to ensure that my classes are dynamic, active and fun! I use games, current topics and digital exercises.

I offer a free trial lesson of 25 minutes!

If this appeals to you, press the button and we will see each other soon!

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Laura is an outstanding teacher. She is patient and clear in her explanations, with a natural ability to simplify complex & more technical problems in Dutch grammar and syntax. I appreciate her dynamic teaching style and agile adaptability to my learning progress, which allows me to improve faster and at my own pace. I would highly recommend her to all levels of people keen on learning and advancing in the language.
Laura B. Laura B. NL

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My name is Brenda and I am born in the Netherlands. At the moment I live in Nijmegen, the oldest city of the Netherlands. A lot of foreign students live here because it is a university city.

I have been interested in languages from an early age. That is why I have learned English, German, French and Spanish. But in my area I am mainly known for my excellent Dutch language skills and my eye for spelling and grammar.

Other things that interest me are cooking and baking and being creative. As a volunteer I have given guided tours and I have done workshops in both English and Dutch. I also love walking in nature or enjoying the beach and the sea!

I am currently learning Turkish, so I fully understand what you are experiencing as a language student. That’s why I am very patient. We practice as much as what you need. Is there something you don’t understand? Feel free to ask again, then we can approach the material in a different way so that it is clear for you.

I also know from experience how great it feels when you can communicate with someone in the local language! So let's go for this challenge together!

Your needs and progress as a student are central.

Please indicate before the first lesson what you would like to work on so that I can prepare myself for the lesson. A number of options are:
- Preparation for the integration course (inburgeringscursus)
Speaking, listening, reading and writing. Cultural and work-related topics.
- Beginners - Advanced (Personalized Lessons) Dutch
We can focus on every aspect of the language. When you want to learn from a book we can use your material or I will advise you which book you can purchase.
As a beginner you start with the basics, the alphabet and some basic words. We extend this so that you can start simple conversations in situations of everyday life and that you become an advanced!

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Brenda is a very friendly and easy-going teacher. She is very well-organised and flexible. During each lesson time just flies cause it's really enjoyable. I am an absolute beginner and I was afraid to start learning a new language from scratch but now I'm confident that I will make it. She can help you learn the language really fast with no stress or tension. Looking forward to my next lesson!
Brenda B. Brenda B.

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Hello,

I'm offering informal Dutch and English lessons based on conversation and will conduct my lessons for as much as possible in the target language.

I use text, weblinks to tv shows to get us talking and am a fan of the TPRS method.
There's a lot of information on that method online. Basically it's getting to know the structure Dutch and English through simple conversation. (questions about 1 or several sentences on any topic)

I have some useful weblinks to tv shows in Dutch (with subtitles in Dutch) adjusted to your level and the shows are entertaining too. :-)
We can discuss the shows preferably in the target language of course.

I can explain some grammar too if needed and have articles and books ready to read from. This again will be adjusted to your proficiency. But of course if you'd like to focus on a topic which has your interest that is possible as well. This makes it more personal and more fun.

I've been teaching for about a year now on another platform to students from all over the world and really enjoy having the experience again as I used to be a vocal coach back in the days when I attended conservatory in the Netherlands.

I hope to see you here on Co language. :-)

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I find lessons with Less extremely useful to my Dutch skills, and every time I feel more confident in speaking and motivated in learning new words.
Less J. Less J. NL

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Hi!

Are you looking for someone who can help you with the Dutch language? Then you've come to the right place. I have years of experience in teaching Dutch and Sociology to pupils aged 12 to 18 years. Maybe you have trouble with a certain part of the course Dutch, for example grammar, then I can help you with that. Together we will look at where the problem lies and what you would like to learn, together we determine what is the best way for you to learn certain skills. If you do not speak Dutch but you speak and English reasonably well, then I can also help you. I can help you to understand and learn the Dutch language and teach you about the Dutch culture / politics.

I hope to meet you soon and work together.  

Kind regards,  

Mèlanie van Bentum
 

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This was a trial lesson, thus not much to review. I liked the teacher for her communication and approach!
Mèlanie V. Mèlanie V. NL

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As non-native parents it is certainly not easy to teach your children Dutch or to help with the fluency of the new language. Who wants some extra exercise for his children? I can help you with that. As their vocabulary becomes more and more extensive and their sentences become increasingly fluid, your children will get more and more self-confident. To speak well the Dutch language will surely benefit them now and later.
Do your children need some help with their homework, especially with their Dutch, then I can help with that.
Even as non-native-speaking adults, it is sometimes difficult to have enough exercise. That is why also adults who want to make progress in speaking the Dutch language are welcome here! We can practice the everyday language together.

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Liesbet's teaching is progressive and adapted to the level of the student. His working method is very efficient, dynamic and focused on areas for improvement. The material used is varied: texts, videos, grammar exercises, pronunciation and vocabularies (synonyms, antonyms, nuances, etc.). The lessons are always different and never look like. Punctuality and seriousness. I highly recommend.
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Liesbet L. Liesbet L. BE

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Hello,I would love to help you improve your knowledge of English.I adapt the lessons following your wishes : are you a beginner and need to get some basic knowledge with grammar and easy texts or do you want to improve your conversation skills. I can help you either way.Looking forward to meeting you !

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We spoke in Dutch for most of the lesson which was ideal for me. Francoise was very patient and helpful.
Francoise D. Francoise D.

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Hi!
My name is Mariëlle and I am 22 years old. I live in Aruba. I graduated last year from the ITEPS course at the NHL Stenden Unitversity of Applied Sciences in Meppel. ITEPS stands for: International Teacher Education for Primary Schools. I followed the combined course where I was educated to become a teacher for both Dutch schools and international schools. During my studies, I have had a lot of practice teaching the Dutch and English language, since I had to do a lot of teaching practices at Dutch national schools and International schools all around the world.
At the moment, I work at a local school in Aruba. The instructional language is Dutch, but for almost all of my students Dutch is not their first language. This has resulted in me having experience with teaching Dutch as a second language.

My availability is subject to change, so if you would like to know my accurate availability, please send me a message.

We can start off with a free trial class in which we will get to know each other and where we can talk about what you want to learn. After our trial class we could start right away and I can help you achieve your language learning goals.
I am really looking forward to helping you learn a new language or helping you improve your language skills!
I hope to see you soon,
Mariëlle

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Marielle is great - very nice to chat and learn from, and she works with you at your level to find and explain things you should be doing or practising. I like the googledocs way of working, and find the level perfect. She is also flexible on times to do the lessons which for me is great as I have a family.
Mariëlle S. Mariëlle S. NL

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Hello!
My name is Guus Weltings. I am 22 years old and I am currently living on Aruba. Currently I'm speaking two languages (Dutch and English), and learning two others (Spanish and German), so I am very familiar with the process!
Dutch can be used in more countries than you think! It is an official language in Aruba, Brussels, Curaçao, Flanders, Sint Maarten and Suriname. The Dutch culture is very diverse and full of foreign influences. I can help you learn all you want about our country and culture, and have fun doing so! Of course, if you just want to practice your Dutch by having conversations I can help you as well.
We can start off with a free trial class in which we will get to know each other and make a planning for the topics that you want to learn. After our trial class we could start right away with your first class!
I hope to see you soon! Tot snel!
Guus

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Guus is a very comprehensive and polite teacher who helps me to improve my difficulties to learn dutch. He gives me good orientations about how to get rid of my barriers.
Guus W. Guus W. NL

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Linda is a great Tutor. Really liked her personalized approach. During our sessions we discussed on wide range of topics.
Linda R. Linda R.

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Hello there,

I'm Eveline Debouvere, polyglot and a world citizen! It would be my pleasure to help you improving your Dutch or German language skills. Tell me what you want to learn and I'll adapt my course to your needs. As I am working as a sales person for the Scandinavian and German markets in a medium-sized company, I am able to improve my own language skills every day. Knowing the importance of learning languages in a good, but fun way makes it easier to teach myself. On top of that I've already taught different languages to different students. All of them were amazed by the way the course is adapted to their needs during the teaching process.

Do you want to find this out yourself? Please contact me!

Until then I wish you all the best!

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It was great. We went through the first introduction round, then through important base of language - alphabet and "double sounds" to improve my pronunciation. Then we read article - to improve my pronunciation and understanding. It was a great lesson and I am looking forward to the next one.
Eveline D. Eveline D. BE

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