It all starts with language! Language is important for making friends, building a network and finding a study programme or job. Below are some tips for practicing the Dutch language. Also make sure to visit a language school near you and ask about their language courses. Find information in your own language here: French, العربية, فارسی and ትግርኛ.
- Practice your Dutch through oefenen.nl and ERK Nederlands.
- Find a language buddy! Go to the Het Begint met Taal website and find a volunteer organisation near you.
- Volunteer! This can be done through Nederland Cares (Utrecht), the vrijwilligers vacaturebank, het VCA (Amsterdam) or your local volunteer centre (vrijwilligerscentrale).
- Contact Dutch-speaking people and speak as much Dutch as possible.
- Find information on the Staatsexamen programma 1 en 2.
- Find information on inburgeren (integration).
- Watch Dutch television shows on the Net in Nederland website with Dutch, English and Arabic subtitles.
- Download free luisterboeken (audio books) from the library.
- At the Taalhuis (‘language house’), several local organisations work together to provide help with language, math and digital skills like using a computer. Find a Taalhuis near you.
Useful websites for learning the Dutch language
Future Learn is a free online Dutch language course provided by the University of Groningen. A three-week course starts at different times throughout the year. During the course, you learn Dutch phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers, spelling and grammar.
You can enrol in this free language education program at any time and work at your own pace. It is available for use on mobile phones and tablets and you can choose a variety of languages. We recommend the English-Dutch course.
English-Dutch free online course funded by the EU.
This is a free online language course that uses videos and is built around the 1,000 most common words used in the Netherlands. There are separate courses for vocabulary and grammar. You also learn about various aspects of Dutch culture and society.
On www.dutchgrammar.org you can download a PDF file on Dutch grammar in several languages.