Dutch course for beginners A1

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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!'

Next lessons

1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation Learn the dutch alphabet and the pronunciation of Dutch letters
2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) Learn the numbers in Dutch.
3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) Learn common ways to say hello, how are you and goodbye in Dutch.
4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch Learn some basic words and phrases in Dutch
5 Introducing yourself in Dutch How to introduce and greet people in Dutch?
6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch Learn to tell the time in Dutch
7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch Learn the days of the week, months and seasons in dutch
8 Colours in Dutch Learn the colours in Dutch !
9 Animal names in Dutch Learn the names of animals in Dutch
10 Family in Dutch Learn the names of the family members in Dutch
11 Food and Drinks in Dutch Learn about food and drinks in dutch
12 How to order food in Dutch? Learn about how to order food in Dutch.
13 The weather in Dutch Learn about the weather in Dutch
14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch Learn about the Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch
15 Body parts in Dutch Name the parts of the body in Dutch
16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch learn the words for clothes and shoes in Dutch
17 Travel and vacation in Dutch learn words and sentences that are useful for travelling and vacation.
18 Dutch proverbs and sayings Learn some common dutch proverbs and sayings.
19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) Learn all about how to express feelings and emotions in Dutch.
20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) Learn all about wishing someone a happy birthday.
21 Asking for directions in Dutch Learn all about asking for directions in Dutch.
22 Needs and opinions in Dutch Learn all about expressing needs and opinions in Dutch.
23 Hobbies in Dutch Learn all about talking about hobbies.
24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch Learn all about the house, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch.
25 How to describe a person in Dutch Learn all about how to describe a person in Dutch.
26 Business Dutch Learn some business vocabulary in Dutch.