Learning Dutch

Learning Dutch

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Between 90% and 93% of the Dutch know their way around the English language. But if you are planning to live here and really want to blend in, you might want to learn how to speak Dutch.

As half of the population of The Hague has international roots, it is easy to feel at home in the region. It may be tempting to stick to English at first, especially when everybody is happy to accommodate you. But to make a real connection with people, and become one of the locals, learning the Dutch language is essential. It may not seem easy at first, but there is more help available than you would think.

The Five Golden Rules of Learning Dutch

  1. Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  2. Practice any way you can, including music, television and books.
  3. Ask people to speak Dutch with you - anywhere.
  4. Team up with others who are learning Dutch.
  5. Do not worry about your accent.

Learning Dutch in The Hague

Different courses and programmes are available in The Hague. Find out all the options on the website of the Municipality of The Hague.

Learning Dutch in Delft

  • TU Delft offers Dutch courses for foreigners. Its intensive daytime courses and evening courses Dutch as a second language (NT2) are intended for both students and employees from TU Delft and for other people interested. The department is known for its Delftse methode, a special foreign or second language teaching method. 
  • Visit Taalhuis in DOK Voorhof to practice your Dutch with others or on your own. Taalhuis is also a point of information when it comes to learning Dutch.
  • Taal op eigen kracht”, a program set up by the municipality of Delft, aims to help encourage residents to learn Dutch. Each class is run by an non-commercial organization, which finds qualified teachers and manages relations with students.
  • ROC Mondriaan offers language courses for citizens of Delft, Rijswijk, Pijnacker-Nootdorp of Midden-Delfland.

Learning Dutch in Rijswijk

  • Visit Taalhuis Rijswijk if you need help with learning Dutch. Here you can join a reading club, get in contact with a Taalmaatje (Language Buddy) who will help you practice your Dutch or find more information about language courses.
  • Join Taalcafé Rijswijk where you can practice your Dutch while meeting new people and sharing experiences.
  • ROC Mondriaan offers language courses for citizens of Delft, Rijswijk, Pijnacker-Nootdorp of Midden-Delfland.

Learning Dutch in Leidschendam-Voorburg

  • Visit Taalhuis Leidschendam or Taalhuis Voorburg if you need help with learning Dutch. Here you can join a reading club, get in contact with a Taalmaatje (Language Buddy) who will help you practice your Dutch or find more information about language courses.
  • Join Taalcafé Leidschendam-Voorburg where you can practice your Dutch while meeting new people and sharing experiences.

Studying in the Netherlands?

Would you like to study in the Netherlands and need proof that you have a good command of Dutch? Then you can take the Nederlands als tweede taal (NT2), or Dutch as a Second Language state exam. The NT2 qualification is also valuable on the employment market. More information about the NT2 exam, costs and registration are on the website of Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs.

Would you like Dutch citizenship?

To get Dutch citizenship, you are required to learn Dutch. If you would like Dutch nationality, you need to pass the civic integration examination.

Language requirement for welfare benefits

If you apply for benefits after 1 January 2016, you will be subject to a Dutch language requirement. See Language requirement when receiving benefits.

More detailed information including links to private language schools can be found on the websites below.