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The Dutch are the best non-native English speakers in the world and are more than happy to practice their English with you. But if you are planning to live in the Netherlands, it would benefit you to learn Dutch. In the short-term, it could help you to navigate day-to-day tasks such as grocery shopping and paying bills, and in the longer-term it could increase your opportunities for employment and studies. Here is some essential information about learning Dutch in The Hague region.

 

Five tips to learning Dutch

  1. Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  2. Practice any way you can, including listening to Dutch music, watching local TV programmes and reading Dutch (children's) books.
  3. Ask people to speak Dutch with you – even if they start speaking in English.
  4. Team up with others who are learning Dutch.
  5. Do not worry about your accent.

 

Learning Dutch in The Hague

  • Taalhuis Den Haag (in Dutch) keeps an updated list of all the Dutch courses and initiatives available in The Hague, which you can easily filter by language level, location, and type.
  • Taal in de bibliotheek offers an opportunity to practice your Dutch with other people at the library, community centre, or school in the neighbourhood.
  • Taal in de buurt is an initiative by community organisations offering Dutch language and conversational courses for residents of The Hague who wants to learn the language.
  • ROC Mondriaan (in Dutch) offers affordable language courses for residents of The Hague.
  • You might want to consider one of our partner language schools:
    • Direct Dutch Institute offers an approved (direct) method of teaching Dutch, in small groups, with a maximum of 6 students each. Courses are offered online from A1 to advanced level.
    • Kickstart School takes a communicative approach to teaching – encouraging students to speak Dutch from the very first lesson. Remote, Hybrid or Face-to-Face courses are available for all-levels.
    • Radboud in’to Languages offers courses that focuses on communication, but attention is also given to Dutch habits and customs. They currently offer online and hybrid courses for all levels.

 

Learning Dutch in Delft

  • TU Delft offers intensive day and evening Dutch language courses for both students and employees from TU Delft and for anyone who is interested. The courses follow the 'Delftse methode', a special foreign or second language teaching method developed by language teachers at TU Delft in the 1980s. 
  • Visit Taalhuis (in Dutch) in DOK Voorhof to practice your Dutch with others or on your own. Taalhuis is also a point of information for Dutch courses and programmes.
  • 'Taal op eigen kracht' (in Dutch) is a programme set up by the Municipality of Delft, which aims to help encourage residents to learn Dutch. Each class is run by a non-commercial organisation who appoints qualified teachers.
  • ROC Mondriaan (in Dutch) offers affordable language courses for residents of Delft, Rijswijk, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, and Midden-Delfland.

 

Learning Dutch in Rijswijk and Leidschendam-Voorburg

  • Visit Taalhuis (in Dutch) if you need help with learning Dutch. Here you can join a reading club, get in contact with a 'Taalmaatje' (language Buddy) who can help you practice Dutch, or find information about language courses.
  • ROC Mondriaan (in Dutch) offers affordable language courses for residents of Delft, Rijswijk, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, and Midden-Delfland.

 

Free Dutch courses and programmes

  • Follow the course 'Introduction to Dutch' for free through the FutureLearn platform. This three-week course is taught by Dutch and English lecturers of the University of Groningen and will help you learn the basics of the Dutch language.
  • 'Het Begint met Taal' is a non-profit organisation that organises the 'kletsmaatjes' (Chat buddy) programme which connects volunteers with newcomers to help them them improve their Dutch proficiency through regular online chats.
  • Oefenen.nl is a free online platform for anyone who wants to practice their Dutch through online exercises.

 

Dutch language requirement for studies and naturalisation

Language schools in the Netherlands work with The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR to classify the level of difficulty of their courses starting from A1 for beginners to C2 for advanced language proficiency.

There is a minimum requirement for Dutch language proficiency if you want to apply for Dutch citizenship through naturalisation, or a place in a Dutch vocational or higher education institution. Following are some general requirements:

  • Dutch civic integration exam ‘inburgeringsexamen’
    Minimum requirement of A2-level for certain residence permits, like non-temporary residence permit, as well as Dutch citizenship.
  • State exams Dutch as a second language NT2 I ‘Staatsexamen NT2 Programma I’
    Minimum requirement of B1 level for studies in a vocational institution 'middelbaar beroepsonderwijs(MBO).
  • State exams Dutch as a second language NT2 II ‘Staatsexamen NT2 Programma II’
    Minimum requirement of B2 level for studies in a university ‘hogescholen’ (HBO).

NT2 'Nederlands als tweede taal' Dutch as a second language, is a Dutch language qualification that is recognised by the Dutch government and other organisations. The certification proves that you have achieved a solid command of the Dutch language. Depending on your residence status or goals, completion of this course may be required and may even be subsidised in your integration process.

 

Knowing a little Dutch will make your life easier and help you feel more at home in the Netherlands. Give it a try!

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