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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen via FutureLearn


Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no prior knowledge of Dutch, but would like to master the fundamentals in order to survive life in the Low Countries.

Learn basic Dutch

The course will run over three weeks, helping you to:

  • introduce yourself and get to know other learners
  • talk about your family, friends, work and study
  • and experience life in the Netherlands.

Speak, write and understand useful Dutch

During the course, you will learn Dutch phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers, spelling and grammar. Being able to understand the language will make everyday activities, such as shopping or going out to a restaurant, much more enjoyable.

By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise familiar words and phrases about yourself and your family. You will be taught to use simple sentences to describe where you live and the people you know.

Finally, you will be able to write short texts such as an email or fill in forms with personal details. The main focus will be on receptive skills such as reading and listening.

Learn with the University of Groningen Language Centre

The course will be taught in English by lecturers of Dutch and English from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

So, if you would like to get a taste of Dutch - and join the 23 million people who speak the language in the Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname and many other countries - join the course now.

This course has been ranked as one of the best online courses of all time by online course aggregator class central.

This course is aimed at people with no prior knowledge of the Dutch language, who have a strong interest in learning languages. It will give you a taste of language skills that will help you to survive in Dutch-speaking countries. The main focus will be on receptive skills like reading and listening. It will be taught in English.

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  • I started this course after being for a few months learning Dutch using Duolingo. One of the main issues I had trouble with was getting explanations for grammar and how things should work when constructing sentences. The majority of those explanations...
  • Anonymous
    This was a great course. It is very well put together and has something for every style of learning. I went into it never having studied Dutch previously and found it was quite easy to understand and make progress. Plus side: So many options to expand...
  • it has been a great introductory course, where you learn the key basics of daily life conversations in dutch, as well as a well amount of much needed vocabulary. there are very useful grammar lessons there , explaining how to order your sentences in different situations , how to ask questions , and how to make new suggestions. by the end of the course you become able to introduce yourself, talk about yourself, your family, and your life too very simply.
  • Alathea completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I enjoyed the course and I certainly gained a lot from it. Each week of the course starts with a couple of dialogues which bring in the vocabulary and grammar which will be studied during the week. At the end of the week you listen to the same dialogues...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I just finished this course, and having already studied Dutch for a few months I found the course very interesting, although as to be expected a little bit easy. There are a few things I like about the course, there's plenty of audio and listening materials...
  • Anonymous
    This course is very useful for everyone who wants to learn Ducth language for free within three weeks at the beginning. All whole-hearted educators will follow and support you step by step through their guidance in video, quizlet and answer your questions in details. It is really amazing course when everything becomes simple and easy day by day with a lots of words as same as English words. This course also encourages learners to explore more about interesting Dutch language! High recommendation for high quality! Thank you very much.
  • Anonymous
    I loved this course! It wasn't intimidating and was introduced in a very friendly manner by the teachers (via recorded video). There is plenty of extension work on 'Quizlet' which sits alongside the course, and you can download content to revisit in your own time too.

    The course is divided into manageable 'chunks' and the content is interesting and will appeal to a wide range of people. I also loved learning about the city of Groningen and the Dutch culture in general. Maybe I will get to visit one day!
  • Anonymous
    This course is easy to follow for a beginner. It not only covers grammar but also Dutch culture. It is a 3 week course but you can take it as your own pace and do at little or as much as you want each day. You'll also get funny videos as a bonus and will be able to communicate with the teachers and other learners.

    You have nothing ot lose if you're interested since it's free so why not giving it a try?
  • Anonymous
    Super course that allows you to work at your own pace (it lasts for three weeks but I did it in four). There are also accompanying quizzes and flip cards on Quizlet for each week - grammar and vocab. A great resource to start learning the basics of Dutch. Particularly useful if you can combine with some conversations with real Dutchies!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is really well designed, and enable you to have a look at the basics of the Dutch language. There are a lot of audio samples, as well as videos, in order to help you get accustomed with the oral language. On top of that, you can find a few rules of grammar and syntax, and you are always invited to write and speak in between the different notions studied. It's a really good way to get started in the language!
  • Anonymous
    This introductory course is really effective, fun and not boring. It helped me tie together vocabularies that I picked up from other means or platform. I am able to form sentences and ask basic questions. The lessons are well-structured. Thank you very much, University of Groningen. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous
    Honestly one of the best courses I've ever joined. Not only is it practical, it's effectiveness it making us learners learn Dutch vocabulary and grammar within just 3 weeks is just an incredible feat. I really appreciate for what they've done here and I hope that others will love them too.
  • Anonymous
    Outstanding course. Challenging but not too difficult introduction to spoken Dutch with the amount of grammar. The conversations tempo was not too fast so that with practice I could clearly hear every word of the dialogue.

    For anyone who wants to learn Dutch, this is a good start.
  • Anonymous
    I would recommend this course after gaining level 3 Dutch at Duolingo. In this way, you will enjoy and learn more with this course. It was really a complement for my Duolingo learning. I will definitely be using Quizlet as well. Dank je wel!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed learning some basic Dutch with the help of this course. I am now able to understand some basic vocabulary, grammar, sentence construction, numbers, time, salutation and pronunciation. The course material is up to the mark. I congratulate the designers to include a variety of materials for helping the learners in familiarising Dutch and keeping the interest of the learners.
  • Carlo Benedicti
    Simple, engaging, precise. Obviously just the starting, but useful to understand the complexity. Doing in 3 weeks is feasible without big troubles. You need to use other tools (Duolingo or other) to have more exercises.
  • Anonymous
    It helped a lot to learn the basics of Dutch! For a long time I was studying without proper explanations so it wasn't so efficient but, when I finished this course I could already see how much I've improved
  • Anonymous
    A great exposure to language and culture. Good overview of simple grammar construction. I really appreciated the links to other sites where I could learn more about the culture and hear more Dutch spoken.
  • Anonymous
    Very nice course. I learned a lot.

    I particularly liked listening and repeating dialogues. It helped to learn many everyday expressions and phrases.

    Thanks to the University of Groningen!
  • Anonymous
    A super introduction to Dutch that explained everything really clearly. It had different options depending on how much effort and time you wanted to put in and was overall very thorough.

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