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If, like many Americans, you are of Dutch descent and want to get in touch with your roots, you should start learning Dutch this year. Doing this is a great way of connecting with distant relatives you may have who don’t necessarily speak English very well, and also to understand more about the country where your ancestors come from. On the other hand, learning Dutch is also a great idea if you’re planning to visit the Netherlands or even some parts of the beautiful Dutch Caribbean anytime soon. Once you become bilingual, you’ll be able to communicate with locals much more easily, get a job there, and experience these countries without having to rely on translators or guides.

Although many people attempt to learn Dutch on their own, if you want to avoid wasting time and becoming frustrated along the way, you should sign up for one of our language courses! But before you do, you should take a look at this short guide and find out what you can do to learn this fascinating language more effectively.

Tips to Master Dutch Faster

Want to become fluent fast? Then take a look at some of these tips you can start implementing right now!

Take Advantage of Cognates

English and Dutch are both Germanic languages, and because of that, they share many words that are spelt very similarly and mean the exact same thing, like water, kat, hart and drink. This means that If you want to build your vocabulary quickly, you should take advantage of this, and learn as many cognates as you can by using flashcards or mnemonics that help you remember them.

Find a Language Tutor

One of the first things you should do in your journey to fluency is find a language tutor who can create a learning plan that helps you achieve your language goals fast. This will ensure you stay motivated, practice your skills regularly, and have someone you can ask any questions you have about the language, so as you can see, it can make a big difference in the speed at which you learn the language.

Practice Your Skills as Much as Possible

If you want to become a proficient speaker, you should put your conversational skills to the test every time you have the chance to. Fortunately, you don’t need to leave the USA to find Dutch native speakers to chat with, as there are plenty of websites where you can find people willing to help you work on your language skills in exchange for you teaching them English, like Interpals or Meetup. Alternatively, If you live in a big city, you can attend any of the language exchange events that are held in bars and restaurants or look for any kind of events that celebrate Dutch culture where you can meet foreigners and other language enthusiasts.

Track Your Progress

A great way to stay motivated while you learn is to track your progress. There are many ways you can do this, but one of the most effective ones is to take Language Level Tests every other month. Fortunately, on our website, you’ll find a completely free Dutch Language Test you can take as many times as you want, which will help you have a better understanding of your current skill level as well as identify your strengths and weaknesses. This is especially useful if you’ve studied Dutch in the past and want to know what kind of resources you should be getting, and what kind of lessons you need, so make sure you take our test before you sign up for one of our language courses.

Resources to Learn Dutch for Free

Can’t wait to start learning Dutch? If so, check out some of these free language apps and websites you can use to learn useful vocabulary and improve your skills.

Free Language Apps

Want to work on your pronunciation and learn your first words in the language? Then you should start using language apps. There are plenty of good ones you can try, but if you’re looking for some that have a lot of free content in Dutch you can enjoy, check out Drops, Duolingo, Memrise or Clozemaster. On the other hand, if you’re looking for apps that allow you to make and download flashcards, you should try Anki or Quizlet.

Best YouTube Channels to Learn Dutch

If you need help understanding grammar rules and don’t have a teacher yet, you should take a look at some of these YouTube channels run by language professionals that have many amazing videos on the matter.

Websites to Read in Dutch

Already speak some Dutch? Then you should make it a habit to read in the language every day for at least some minutes. In case you don’t know where to start, here are some websites you can use to boost your reading skills and learn useful expressions.

Survival Dutch Phrases

If you’re completely new to the language, and are planning to travel to the Netherlands or Belgium anytime soon and want to get by more easily there, you should take the time to learn some of the following essential words and phrases. Although memorizing these expressions won’t make you fluent, native speakers will really appreciate you showing an interest in their language and culture, so as you can see, they can be really helpful if you want to socialize on your next trip.

English Version Dutch Version
Hello Hallo
Yes Ja
No Nee
I would like to… Ik wil graag…
Sorry, my Dutch is not good Sorry, mijn Nederlands niet goed is
Do you speak English? Spreekt u Engels?
May I ask you something? Mag ik u iets vragen?
Where is the center? Waar is het centrum?
Could you please speak a little slower? Kunt u wat langzamer spreken alstublieft?
Can you please help me? Kunt u me even helpen?
Thank you so much Heel erg bedankt
You’re welcome Graag Gedaan
Excuse me Neem Me Niet Kwalijk
What is your name? Wat is je naam?
My name is… Mijn naam is...
How are you? Hoe gaat het met je?
I’m fine and you? Met mij gaat het goed en met jou?
Nice to meet you! Aangenaam
Goodbye! Tot ziens!

If you need any help pronouncing these words and phrases, you should ask your teacher. Don’t have one yet? Then contact us at Listen & Learn, and we’ll match you with one of our qualified native Dutch tutors who will create a completely personalized language course that helps you achieve all your language goals fast! What makes our courses stand out from the rest is that they’re completely tailored to our student's needs and interests, so if you decide to study with us, you’ll get unique Dutch lessons that fit your every requirement. On top of this, you can choose to have one of our tutors go to your home, or, if you move around the country a lot, you can have your lessons online, so regardless of what kind of lifestyle you have, you can start learning Dutch with us whenever you want! Just send us an inquiry today and one of our team members will get in contact with you within one business day to answer any questions you may have.


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