"I really like our classes. Marieke teaches both basics and grammar, but also talks fluently with us. And I like that she makes sure we all speak and practice, even if we're embarrassed. She does that in a very nice, not pushy way. And when someone asks a question, her explanations are very thorough."
"We really like Chris' class ánd his personality and entertaining style." - Leonie from South Africa
What, how & when
As an Afrikaans speakers you have specific advantages and struggles when learning Dutch. We tailor our courses to your needs.
Focus on good speaking and writing
Afrikaans speakers usually understand and read Dutch pretty well. But they struggle with Dutch grammar, pronunciation and the many words that look the same, but mean something very different. We will help you get your grammar right, practise pronunciation with you, learn and laugh about the words that we call 'false friends' and share a good and educational time together in our online classes with other Afrikaans speaking expats! So you become comfortable with Dutch in a relaxed way.
grammar level A0-A1 and speaking level A1-A2
grammar level A1-A2 and speaking level A2-B1
Intermediate and Intermediate Plus:
At these higher levels it is in your benefit to mix with people from other countries. The diversity will teach you more! Click here for information on these mixed classes.
Contact us to see what level suits you best and when you can start. If you fill out this form, we have the information we need and we will contact you.
Certified teacher & small group
We work with certified, native teachers that have guided many students towards becoming good friends with the Dutch language. The classes are online in a small group of 7 or extra small groups of 4 people. This gives you the benefits and fun of learning in a group as well as the advantage of personal attention.
You will have 2 hours of class every week and 1 to 2 hours of homework per week. Classes will be in the evening.
3 November and 10 November
Beginners for Afrikaans speakers:
5 weeks, 5 students, €155
Beginners Plus for Afrikaans speakers:
5 weeks, extra small group of 4 students, €166
We work with a grammar book that comes with a website with exercises. (39 euros book+website). We also offer an online learning environment, where your teacher will offer free extra learning materials and you will hand in homework.
Practise at home is very useful, it will help you get comfortable with everything. You can take your questions to class.
Beginner Course for Afrikaans speakers
What will you learn?
Grammar: In the grammar lessons of this course tailored to the needs of Afrikaans speakers, we offer you a strong foundation in the Dutch grammar on level A0-A1. These lessons differ from the regular courses, because we take your grammatical lacunae as point of departure. We aim at enlarging your grammatical understanding and your awareness of grammatical differences between the South African and Dutch language. For example, by focusing on essential topics like correct usage of the tenses, articles and demonstrative pronoun.
Speaking practice: Another important aspect that differentiates this course from the regular courses, is the level of conversation. The instructions and conversation lessons are in Dutch and on A1-A2 level. We thus expect you to converse on that level in Dutch as well. During the conversation lessons we strongly focus on pronunciation, intonation and on so-called “valse vrienden”. We will talk about topics that are related to the workplace, leisure time, weather, travelling, emotions, giving your opinion and asking for information.
Beginners Plus Course for Afrikaans speakers
What will you learn?
Grammar: With this Beginner Plus Course tailored to the needs of Afrikaans speakers you fill up hiatus in your grammatical knowledge of the Dutch language. The grammar lessons will help you to master the essentials of Dutch grammar on level A1-A2. You will take your grammar a step further by strengthening your grammatical basics in more detail with an emphasis on certain fundamentals, such as the correct usage of the tenses and articles. Your homework consists of studying and applying theories in day-to-day situations. During the lessons, we will focus on answering questions, conversation exercises and the practical application of grammar rules.
Speaking practice: The instructions and conversation lessons of this course are in Dutch and on A2-B1 level. We thus expect you to converse on that level in Dutch as well. During the conversation lessons we strongly focus on pronunciation, intonation and on so-called “valse vrienden”. You will furthermore get homework assignments, such as reading and preparing short presentations about the news, books or daily experiences. You will be asked to practice at home, e.g. to watch Dutch tv programs, talk to Dutch people or write a short text.
Intermediate Course for Afrikaans speakers
What will you learn?
Grammar: In the grammar lessons of the Intermediate Course we provide you with a strong foundation in the Dutch grammar on level A2-B1. In the Intermediate classes you strengthen and deepen your grammatical knowledge. Depending on the needs of the group, we will either repeat grammar essentials (normally taught in ‘beginner groups’ but often needed with South African intermediates) or further elaborate on topics such as the “om + te infinitief”, word order and the various tenses. We will also introduce new grammatical subjects, such as, “zouden + infinitief” or “plusquamperfectum”.
Speaking practice: The instructions and conversation in this course is in Dutch and on B1-B2 level. If you want to participate in this group, you should thus be able to converse on that level in Dutch. During the conversation lessons we strongly focus on pronunciation, intonation and so-called “valse vrienden”. Your homework assignments consist of reading and preparing short presentations about the news, books or daily experiences. You will be asked to practice at home, e.g to watch Dutch tv programs, talk to Dutch people or write texts.
For every student in our courses, we donate a meal to Red Cross, for someone in the Netherlands who is not able to provide for themselves due to the corona crisis and is not receiving help from the local government or the Voedselbank. You can think of labor migrants and families without documents. We hope this helps you enjoy your Dutch course even more!
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