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LEARNING DUTCH

  1. Intro
  2. Which course shall I do?
  3. Online Courses
  4. Weekly Courses
  5. Intensive Courses
  6. Dutch Conversation Groups
  7. Other options

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Intro

Despite what people may say, Dutch is not in fact a particularly difficult language to learn. Even though most Dutch people speak English, it is most certainly worth learning Dutch as soon as you can. There are many people who live here for years without speaking Dutch, and survive fine: but if you really want to feel properly at home, it's great to speak the language. Added to that, of course, there's a good chance that your children will be chatting away in Dutch very soon, and unless you want them to be able to say 'Mummy's got a big bottom' without you understanding, it's wise to be ahead of their game.

A common complaint of people learning Dutch is that everyone still talks to you in English. You just have to be firm, and persevere, even if it seems mad that you are speaking Dutch and they are speaking English. Just keep at it and you'll get there! Having the guts to speak is half the battle. I had a kind local greengrocer on whom I used to practise my 'Ik wil twee appels, graag' on. You can practise in plenty of unintimidating surroundings, and joining the Dutch Conversation Group of Leiden Expats is another way of overcoming your reservations. It really is worth it! An excellent informative but amusing website to get you out there practising your Dutch is www.likeasponge.nl, on which Marianne Orchard guides you with her twice-weekly blogs through life and learning Dutch in the Netherlands.
Under library courses, say 'see website www.bplusc.nl for dates of next information evenings.

Which course shall I do?

Learn Dutch

There are lots of different ways of learning Dutch, from intensive residential courses to one-on-one tutoring in your own house. In my experience, it is best to immerse yourself as much as you can, and there are plenty of intensive options available. A couple of hours a week isn't really enough to make much progress very fast. However, if you are trying to combine learning Dutch with looking after small children an intensive option can be impossible. If you are motivated, one option is to follow an online course. I personally followed the Delft Method at the TU in Delft (see www.delftsemethode.nl), which was amazing - this course is available online for home study, and I believe it is also the basis of the Leiden University course, although do be aware that it has been adapted and is not as effective as in its original form.

Depending on what brings you here and how long you mean to stay, you may or may not need to do an ' inburgeringscursus ' and be obliged to follow a Dutch course. There are also other relevant issues, a good introduction to which can be found in this Access leaflet:

Learning the Dutch Language, although this, like most Access information, is based on the assumption that you are only in the Netherlands temporarily.

Online Courses

If you go to www.nt2nl , you can find various options, including the Delft Method, and other grammar support and news in Dutch etc.

Weekly Courses

Nederlandse les voor vrouwen at the Vrouw Kind Centrum

This is a women-only group taught by a volunteer at the fantastic VKC (the Women's centre in Leiden), and while much less formal it is very well suited to those on low incomes (it costs € 10 for 10 lessons), especially those with young children, as childcare is provided for children aged 1 ½-4. Every Tuesday (except school holidays), 1-2pm, Vrouw Kind Centrum, Langegracht 57, 2327 NW Leiden. Please see the website www.vkcdespiegeling.nl for more details, or contact them on 071-5233480 / email info@vkcdespiegeling.nl . They will also shortly be starting a conversation group - ask for details of this.

Semi-private language schools

There are two relative newcomers to the language classes scene in Leiden , Lingua Franca and Thuis in Taal . Both are very reasonably priced, particularly Thuis in Taal , probably because of its semi-charitable roots.

Lingua Franca ( www.linguafranca.nl) offers a range of fairly intensive (e.g. 2x2½ hours per week with 10 hours homework) courses in small groups for prices around €300 for 40 hours. According to their website they are very flexible as to time, location, class size and course start date.

Thuis in Taal (www.stichtingthuisintaal.nl) offer one-on-one lessons up to three hours a week (in sets of twelve lessons) for less than €8 per hour.

If anyone has experience with either of these and would like to tell us about it, please contact welcome@homeinleiden.nl with your comments.

BplusC courses

There are a range of courses available on different days and at different levels: from beginners to advanced. They say: If you intend to follow a course Dutch for foreigners / Nederlands NT2 we strongly advise you to attend a language information day or get in touch with us through our website www.BplusC.nl, an email info@BplusC.nl or by telephone 0900 23 23 000. To follow the courses at level 1 and 2 it is necessary to understand English. You should count on at least 4-6 hours of homework per week

The next Language Information Days are at Location Oude Vest, Oude Vest 45, Leiden (entrance Hazewindsteeg) on:

Saturday 29th August 10.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 2rd September 19.00 - 20.30

See www.bplusc.nl for more information .

The beginners course is: NT2 - Nederlands 1

For Beginners who understand English
When Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, 19.00-22.00
Course structure 14 lessons of 3 hours, once weekly. There is also the possibility to do a twice-weekly course
Where Leonardo, B.M. Noachstraat 2, 2324 LT Leiden
Da Vinci, Kagerstraat 7, 2334 CP Leiden
Oude Vest 45, 2312 XS Leiden
Cost € 237.50
Website www.bplusc.nl
They say CODE is a multimedia method which helps you to learn Dutch in a fast and effective way. Extra attention is paid to interaction and communication. The package consists of a task book and a CD-rom for home study behind the computer. Students who do not (or do not always) have the opportunity to work with a computer can work with a workbook, in which they will find the same vocabulary and grammar exercises as on the CD-rom. It is important that you know the grammatical terms of your mother-tongue
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ROC Leiden Courses

For All levels: you will be assessed during a free 'intake appointment' and placed accordingly; they do the NT2 course too. There are also courses for people who are illiterate
When Morning 8.45 - 12.30 h. 3 times a week
Evening 18.45 - 22.00 h. 2 times a week
Course structure 14 lessons of 3 hours, once weekly. There is also the possibility to do a twice-weekly course
Where Lammenschansweg 141F
Cost From level 0 to level A2 € 60, - per year
From level A2 to level B1 € 277, - per year
From level B1 up to level B2 € 499, - per year
For foreigners who are illiterate € 60, - per year.
There are extra costs for books which may vary from € 75 to € 250.
Website www.rocleiden.nl
They say

If you wish to improve your level of Dutch but are not obliged to follow the Dutch Integration Course, The ROC Leiden offers possibilities for you. You can follow the NT2 course.
Courses at all levels (from beginners to advanced) are available. The ROC Leiden also offers Dutch Language NT-2 State Exam I & II courses. During the lessons we also focus on 'getting to know Dutch society'.
ROC Leiden offers you both daytime and evening classes. You can indicate your preference when registering for the course.
During the free intake we will assess your entry level. We can arrange a language course for you according to your personal needs. During this intake we can personally inform you about the various possibilities ROC Leiden has to offer.
The duration of the course depends on your level, your speed of learning, your target level and your presence in class. This will be determined during the free intake.

This is for people from EU countries, from Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.
If you have a non-EU nationality you can ask at your city hall whether you are obliged to do the Dutch Integration Course. If you are obliged to do so, the costs are different from those stated above, and you have to be registered for a different kind of course. If you live outside of the region of ROC Leiden the costs are € 26.25 per lesson.

For more information or to arrange an intake appointment, please contact:
Afdeling Basiseducatie en Inburgering 071 - 582 42 44.

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Leiden University courses

There are a range of courses at different levels. The weekly beginners class is:

Dutch 1

For Students, University staff and others: beginners
When Mon - Wed - Tues - Thurs evenings 19.15
Wed - Fri 15.15
Course structure 20 lessons of 2 hours, once or twice weekly
Where Leiden University Language Centre
Cost € 580 (€ 445 for University staff/students)
Costs of books is extra: you are expected to buy your own
Website see website
They say Based on Delftse Methode. Final test and certificate
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Intensive Courses

Leiden University: Intensive Daytime Courses

Dutch 1&2

For Students, University staff and others: beginners
When 9.15 or 15.15
Course structure 36 lessons of 3 hours, 4x a week
Where Leiden University Language Centre
Cost € 1020 (€ 850 for University staff/students)
Cost of books is extra: you are expected to buy your own
Website see website
They say Based on Delftse Methode. Final test and certificate
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Leiden University: Intensive 3-week Summer course

Dutch 1

For Students, University staff and others: beginners
When 9.15 -13.00, 3 weeks in June/July/August. There is also an intensive course in January
Course structure 3 weeks of 5 x 4 hours per week (with breaks!)
Where Leiden University Language Centre
Cost €530 (€500/400 for University staff/students)
Cost of books is extra: you are expected to buy your own
Website see website
They say Based on Delftse Methode. Final test and certificate
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Leiden University: Intensive 5-week summer course

Dutch 1&2

For Students, University staff and others: beginners
When 9.15 -13.00, 3 weeks in June/July/August. There is also an intensive course in January
Course structure 5 weeks of 5 x 5 hours per week (with breaks!)
Where Leiden University Language Centre
Cost € 1020 (€ 975/800 for University staff/students)
Cost of books is extra: you are expected to buy your own
Website see website
They say Based on Delftse Methode. Final test and certificate
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Private Dutch teacher Corine de Groot

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Your home

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Website

Mail: cjdegroot3@hotmail.com

She says

Corine is an experienced Dutch and French teacher who has worked for various institutes such as BplusC since 2005 and has also taught on the inburgeringscursus (course to become a Dutch citizen).
She is starting out on her own with private tuition in the pupil's home anc can be reached on 071 541 82 16, or (mob) 06 28 54 71 65; her email is cjdegroot3@hotmail.com.

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Dutch Conversation Groups

Orange Integration

Ruud and Marinde Kruis of Orange Integration ( www.orangeintegration.nl) offer Dutch conversation evenings in their own home in Oegstgeest, together with monthly open coffee mornings on the first Friday of every month (in termtime). Their emphasis is on being able to practise the language in a relaxed and informal environment, along with meeting others (Dutch and internationals) and, should you wish, finding out more about aspects of life in the Netherlands.

Leiden Expats

Join the Yahoo! group 'Leiden Expats' to find out more about the monthly Dutch Conversation Evenings at De Grote Beer pub.

Women-only group at the Vrouw Kind Centrum - this should be starting soon: please see the website www.vkcdespiegeling.nl for details. Childcare for children aged 1 ½ -4 is provided.

Other options

Gilde SamenSpraak Leiden

  Gilde SamenSpraak meer informatie voor begeleiders meer informatie voor coordinatoren

This is an initiative that aims to put people trying to learn Dutch in contact with local Dutch people, to meet up once a week and chat, in order to improve their understanding of Dutch language and culture. In the past it's mainly been older people involved, but the organiser tells me that lately there are more and more younger people involved. If you are interested in being part of this, it is:

Gilde SamenSpraak Leiden
Herenstraat 61
2313 AG LEIDEN
Tel: 071-5123715
Website± www.gildesamenspraakleiden.nl

contact person: Madelon Smit-Den Blanken
Tel: 071-5613247

Homestart

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Homestart is an originally British organization, which aims to provide (trained) volunteer support to families with young children (under 6) who are finding things a bit hard. A volunteer can come to your house once a week to help you, and one of the things they can do is speak Dutch to you and your family to help you learn. If you are interested in support (of both a moral and a linguistic kind!) go to website or contact:

Homestart (contact person Lia Castelein)
2315 BZ Leiden
Tel: 071 5722700
Email± hsleiden@zonnet.nl

The Library: LEESPUNT PLUS area

There is a fantastic new section called 'LEESPUNT plus ' area, especially created for people learning Dutch (although in fact it has grown out of a facility for adults with literacy issues). In this nicely laid out corner, there are a wide range of books in Dutch suitable for beginners, many of which come with a CD to help you make the connection between the written and spoken word: an extremely important and tricky part of learning Dutch. There are also books with a 'Daisy-rom', which can either be read on the special computer, or if you download some special (free) software can be played on your own computer. These enable you to tailor the speed of the spoken word to your own needs, and give you more flexibility. There is also a computer with internet access on which you can do exercises on various websites: some of which you can also access at home and some of which are only available at the library, such as Learn Online and Netnieuws. The latter allows you to read (and listen to) recent news stories told in simple language and answer questions to check your comprehension. It's also just a nice quiet place to devote yourself to a bit of learning Dutch in a busy week. See under Where to Go for more details regarding opening times etc.

 

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