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?!

Start at the beginning...

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

This course starts from the beginning and will set you successfully on your way to speaking Dutch!

IMPORTANT to know before booking this course...

Lessons are taught in Dutch! That's right - even our Beginners 1 course. Our teachers are very experienced in teaching foreign languages to beginners, so they will use simple instructions to help you become familiar with the language.

Our aim is to immerse you in the language so that you feel comfortable around it. You will slowly build an understanding of everything you hear, and it will encourage you to try using the language yourself.

You are not expected to understand every word at the start, but as the teacher repeats certain phrases and uses body language and visual clues, you will start acquiring the language at a lot faster rate than if we taught it in English.

If you need your teacher to explain something in your own language / in English, then you are very welcome to ask them - try asking them in Dutch!

Lessons online: Lessons will be held via Zoom with an average of 6-8 students.

Lessons at CBE: We wish to provide a safe and comfortable place for you to learn so we have limited our onsite courses to 8-10 students maximum.

Course book

Course books are compulsory for this course - please ensure you order in time. You can purchase the course book, De Opmaat (herziene editie!) If you do not have your course book in time for the first lesson, don't worry, just inform us and we will send you the first few pages.

At an A1 level you can:

  1. Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases in Dutch.
  2. Introduce yourself 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 (for Beginners 1) or an A1 (for completing Beginners 1+2) language proficiency certificate as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


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