Accelerate Your Dutch Language Learning

Are you one of those language learners that is not easily satisfied with your progress? Do you feel that after a beginners course you still know too little to actually go out there and use Dutch? And do you feel that it will take ages before follow-up courses will finally deal with the type and level of language relevant for the situations you are coping with on a daily basis? Yes? Then this post about Dutch language learning is especially for you.

Basics of Dutch Language Learning

I will show you how, even as a beginner of Dutch, you can use the very basics of Dutch in a lot more situations than you initially think of. I will also show you how you can steer your language learning process in the required direction and how you can bring your Dutch to the required level faster than average.

Take, for instance, the first few topics that are usually dealt with in Dutch text books:

  • introducing yourself and getting acquainted with others
  • telling how you are doing and asking others how they are doing
  • talking about your country and your family
  • making suggestions and appointments

Dutch Language Learning situations

These ‘language actions’ usually take place in a class room, at a party, in a café or in the street. Quite common places, but surely not the only ones you will hang out. As a professional you may also want to speak to your Dutch-speaking colleagues at the coffee machine or in meetings. You may also want to have lunch with Dutch-speaking clients, attend conferences or networking events with Dutch-speaking people, or have a job-interview with a Dutch company. And why not use the Dutch you already know, even when it is only for a brief moment? Instead of automatically switching to English, why not introduce yourself in Dutch at a networking event, make that lunch appointment with your client (including your suggestion for a restaurant) in Dutch or talk about your country when a recruiter asks where you are from? All you need are the phrases from your Dutch text book! Just try it, and you will see how it may positively surprise others and empower yourself. Dare to expand your language learning process to the real world!

Now, when it comes to leading you need two things:

  • a clear view of what you want, when, where, how and why
  • a language trainer who is willing and able to cater to your wishes and needs

Tailor made practicing material

Suppose that in your line of business you need to give many presentations for mainly Dutch audiences or you have to regularly attend networking events where Dutch is the norm, then in your Dutch course you may want to pay extra attention to the ‘language actions’ in those particular situations. Introducing yourself at a friend’s party thus may become introducing yourself at a networking event. Always keep in mind the situations that are relevant to you whenever you learn how to say things in the ‘text book contexts’. Moreover, do not hesitate to ask your language trainer for more tailor-made practicing material. He/she should know that there really is no point in just teaching you how to make a suggestion to go shopping with your friend, when what you really want is to learn to make suggestions to colleagues and clients. If your language trainer truly cares about your needs and wishes, he/she will go to great lengths to serve you well.

Please share with me what basic ‘language actions’ helped or could help you to express yourself in non-basic situations. Which relevant situations would you like to focus on when you start learning Dutch?

Free Dutch Course

Are your fairly new to Dutch and would like to become a basic user of Dutch? In order to help you find out whether our teaching method works for you, we offer you a free Dutch course.