Do you think this is easy? Have you ever tried to explain why after a quarter past twelve, the Dutch are suddenly talking about ten to half past twelve?

What you want

Absolute Beginners Dutch is an ideal course for those wishing to establish a solid foundation in Dutch. Whether if it's for your career, personal development or inburgering, a solid foundation is essential for learning any new language.

What you can expect

You can choose to take a 1 x week (22 contact hours) or 2 x week (44 contact hours) course. Both courses run for 11 weeks.

During this time, we focus on offering a dynamic and student-focused learning environment. These 11 weeks will also allow the learner to immerse themselves with not only the language but also the Dutch culture.

This is achieved by providing the following elements in our courses.

  • vocabulary
  • listening;
  • grammar;
  • speaking;
  • reading & comprehension;
  • In-class activities

At an A1 level you can:

  1. Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in Dutch.
  2. Introduceyourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as: where you live, people you know and things you have.
  3. Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

What you get

After successful completion of the course, you can breakthrough to your next language level with a working vocabulary and solid grammar foundation. And to top it off, you get an ->A1 / A1 language proficiency certificate as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Dutch Absolute Beginner courses

Course Once a week
Level -> A1
Duration 11 weeks / 22 hours
Cost € 285,-
Course book - Nederlands in Gang* € 45,-
*Nederlands in Gang - ISBN 9789046905609 (course book is valid for courses Beginners 1 -> Beginners 4)

Course Twice a week
Level complete A1
Duration 11 weeks / 44 hours
Cost € 525,-
Course book - Nederlands in Gang* € 45,-

Nederlands in Gang course book

Can order through CBE or buy your own copy here


Dutch Beginners 1

Start date: 20/01/2020

End date: 06/04/2020


Dutch Beginners 1+2

Start date: 21/01/2020

End date: 09/04/2020



Marco's experience (Cambridge Proficiency, 2019)

Marco's experience (Cambridge Proficiency, 2019)

Marco shares his experience of taking the Cambridge CPE course with us at CBE.

CPE evaluation 2015

CPE evaluation 2015

"I've thoroughly enjoyed the evening classes, it was one of the good things in the week. A way of playful learning, with lots of humour. In the mean time I learned to dot the i's and improve my spelling. On top of that there's the idiom, which is great fun. There are so much to discover in this language that I like it even better than before!"

Urbanus's experience (Dutch Beginners 4, 2019)

Urbanus's experience (Dutch Beginners 4, 2019)

Urbanus shares how much he has learned on his Dutch course so far!