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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 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.
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 / exercises, and more importantly - with transcripts. First they introduce the language, then the transcript and then finally teach you the meaning. In my opinion it's a really good way to learn pronunciation and get used to how the language sounds. It's only a 3 week course, and I'd prefer it to be a bit longer, but for beginners to language study or to Dutch it's perfect to dip into and get started. They touch on a number of topics during the course (including the dreaded grammar - which is explained very clearly), and there's some repetition of material, so you can get a good ground knowledge of the basics. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Dutch, or even just wants to try an online language learning course.
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 again, and realise how much you have learnt, which...
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 again, and realise how much you have learnt, which is encouraging.
Input from the course team was good.
A couple of things stopped me giving this course five stars:
1. Three weeks makes for a very short introduction. In particular I felt that the course could have benefited from some units explicitly dealing with pronunciation, as in FutureLearn's Introduction to Norwegian (which is spread over four weeks). Simply repeating four short phrases in the "Listen and repeat" units did not seem adequate.
2. There are short, and very easy, tests in the course itself, but the course team have also created a series of exercises on Quizlet. Unfortunately Quizlet only recognises one correct answer for any question, which is too restricted for effective language learning. In the first two weeks I didn't find this to be a problem, but in the third week, as the questions became more complicated, I found it very frustrating to be marked wrong because I had typed "je/jij - u mag" instead of "jij/je - u mag", or "hij - ze/zij - het" instead of "hij - zij/ze - het". In the end I was spending more time trying to remember exactly what answers Quizlet wanted than focussing on vocabulary and grammar. If Duolingo can accept multiple correct answers, why can't Quizlet?
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!
I have been very impressed with this course particularly as it was the first that I have studied through a MOOC. I thought the course content was well structured and pitched at the appropriate level for an adult learner. The lecturers were caring and keen to help us all to learn. The overriding impression...
I have been very impressed with this course particularly as it was the first that I have studied through a MOOC. I thought the course content was well structured and pitched at the appropriate level for an adult learner. The lecturers were caring and keen to help us all to learn. The overriding impression that I have come away with is that the course was full of integrity - this does not seem so evident when I look at other advertised online language courses. There is now an incentive for many of us to go on and continue our university studies perhaps in Groningen.
I am pleased to have completed the course and feel confident enough to have a basic conversation in Dutch. I had a slight advantage having studied beginner's German (nearly 30 years ago!) and honestly believe that learning Dutch has also helped me improve my understanding of the German language especially in relation to word order and vocabulary.
Many thanks to the lecturers and support staff involved in creating this wonderful course. I feel somewhat sad that I cannot go on to do week 4, week 5 etc - perhaps there is enough value for the University of Groningen to consider a follow-on course.
I really liked this course. I lived in the Netherlands for the summer several years ago, but never tried to learn Dutch. That's been bugging me ever since, especially because I still watch football with a Dutch broadcast all the time, even though I can't understand it. I started learning Dutch with...
I really liked this course. I lived in the Netherlands for the summer several years ago, but never tried to learn Dutch. That's been bugging me ever since, especially because I still watch football with a Dutch broadcast all the time, even though I can't understand it. I started learning Dutch with Duolingo in late December and enrolled in this course in late February. It's been a great help! My favorite part of the course are the Quizlet quizzes, which are the closest thing you are going to get to having a person read you flash cards and ask you the meanings of words and phrases. The Quizlet Gravity game is also fun. Besides that, the videos going over the rules of the language are a great complement to Duolingo, which doesn't provide anything like that. The mock conversations with other Dutch learners are also extremely helpful because they are much easier to comprehend than listening to regular native speakers who speak quicker with thicker accents. Would recommend, and I hope there is a level two somewhere!
Having just begun my Dutch learning experience I found the course very interesting, and a lot harder than expected. There are a few things I like about the course, there's plenty of audio and listening materials / exercises, and more importantly - with transcripts. First they introduce the language, then the transcript and then finally teach you the meaning. I found this to be a great way to learn pronunciation and get used to how the language sounds. It's only a 3 week course, and I'd prefer it to be a bit longer, but for beginners to language study or to Dutch it's perfect to dip into and get started. They touch on a number of topics during the course (including the dreaded grammar - which is explained very clearly), and there's some repetition of material, so you can get a good ground knowledge of the basics. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Dutch, or even just wants to try an online language learning course.
completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Course is really basic (A1) but has clear nice structure and is really high quality one. I have started it year ago then had no time and returned to finish and confirm my 'natural progress'. Now I understand every phrase and find everything really clear. Videos, audios, transcripts are just fantastic. Grammar explanations are not so detailed but remember, this is just introduction so this is fair.
Just be warned that if you really are following course as an absolute beginner I would recommend at least 8 hours per week or even more. There are more than 300 words and phrases involved so 3 hours per week are definitely not enough. I do recommend to do all quizzes including external ones. This makes a bit competition and allows your progress estimation more clean way.
this introductory course was very thorough. There was opportunity to practise reading, writing, and speaking. the dialogue videos were engaging, the grammar explanations were thorough with transcipts available. The sound recordings were helpful as was the Quizlet link that gave more opportunities to revise and practise. On top of this there was information about Dutch culture and interesting film clips showing this university town. I was surprised at how much I learned in such a short time. there was a huge amount of work to cover but it was worth it.
I really liked the variety. Most favourite part was the video recording of students learning Dutch and speaking to each other. Close second favourite is listening to audio recordings and choosing a response to what you've heard. Third is listening to students around the world that have done this course speaking about themselves. Very well done. However you need to put time aside as it's quite a heavy workload per week. I can definitely recommend it.
It is an excellent opportunity. You get nowhere free Dutch course as far my knowledge except here. If you are self interested and able to adhere to the schedule then you will be able to understand the Dutch in 3 weeks.
Though I already learnt a bit from website, this particular course with its exercise of listening, writing, quiz and speaking made me confident and can understand when the native speakers speaks.
Big thanks for Futurelearn and Groningen university.
I truly enjoyed this course and the varied methods of learning. From videos and audios to mini-quizzes and games. Since completing the course today, I feel confident in being able to use the Dutch I've learnt This includes talking about where I am from, my family, work and other basic phrases.
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.
I had only just begun learning Dutch on my mobile when I started this course. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned so much. It hS given me confidence to study further and I am thinking of going to the Nederlands to do a short and intensive Dutch speaking course. I highly recommend the course.
I find this course very helpful for those who are just still trying to learn dutch. I've been trying to learn Dutch by myself but it seems my progress is quite slow. Knowing the grammar foundations and phrase construction really helped sped up my learning and speaking. Veel success!
The course is well prepared, grammar sections are especially well done, the quizlet practice package is very helpful for better results, listening, writing , talking, understanding, ..., and even some cultural studies all are covered. Thumbs up for the team, try this course out for yourself!
It was a wonderful class, very well structured with instructions that were easy to understand. You can work at your own pace and take the time you need in each lesson. When I had a question on a subject they were always answered.
I enjoyed the course and I have learned a lot. The professors were professional and kind and encouraging. I encourage all of you to begin to learn Dutch. You will have to practice a lot but that is expected. Loved the course!
An excellent basic introduction to the Dutch language that teaches both useful phrases for travelers and casual conversation, as well as basic grammar needed to pursue further Dutch studies. Recommended.