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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

Overview

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.

Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 280 reviews

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • I am going to rate the course from 1-5. Five is the highest score. 5 is My rating why?
    First of all, I wish to profoundly thank the program designers of this beginners' course. Frankly speaking, the course is good and it prepares well a person to learn the targeted language which is Dutch. As simple as it may seem to be, there is no doubt about the fact the course is comprised of the four elements of communicative competence and these are; grammatical competence, sociolinguistic competence, discourse competence, and strategic competence.

    In a nutshell, I highly recommend learners who are interested in learning Dutch not miss the opportunity of taking this course.
    Francis.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a good introduction to the Dutch language. It covers the basics for transactional purposes - such as question words, numbers, times. A lot of the contributors are not native speakers, but I suppose most of the learners will spend a lot of time listening to other foreigners. The Dutch culture parts were interesting and added variety. I think those whose native language is English and who have not mastered another tongue will find it more challenging as it assumes knowledge of grammar terms (like indefinite article!).

    For me that does not pose a problem - I think German speakers will find it quite easy to grasp what is going on.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a great introduction to the Dutch language. It consists of video, audio and text lessons which introduce you to the guide you through the basics. You learn to introduce yourself, talk about family, work and study and a bit about Dutch culture. At the end of the course you can understand and speak, as well as read and write Dutch related to the focus area of the course. The lecturers have created study sets in Quizlet which enable practical learning and make comprehension that much better. This introductory course was the deciding factor in continuing my Dutch learning through the other courses at University of Groningen.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you very much. I enjoyed the course, I have lived in the Netherlands for three years but because of work shifts getting up at 4 in the morning or coming back at midnight i could not have the energy or the time to do a course. As a foreign worker it is almost impossible to learn the language as you can only access English speaking jobs, most times the worse jobs, and no chance to meet Dutch people. It was nice to learn about Groningen and the your university courses, and the MOCC Dutch course was easy to follow and encouraged me to continue with my learning. ♡♡♡♡♡♡
  • Anonymous
    Thank you very much. I enjoyed the course, I have lived in the Netherlands for three years but because of work shifts getting up at 4 in the morning or coming back at midnight i could not have the energy or the time to do a course. As a foreign worker it is almost impossible to learn the language as you can only access English speaking jobs, most times the worse jobs, and no chance to meet Dutch people. It was nice to learn about Groningen and the your university courses, and the MOCC Dutch course was easy to follow and encouraged me to continue with my learning. ♡♡♡♡♡♡
  • 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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Really good. It moves at quite a pace but is excellently structured and allows you to follow it at your own speed, going over material as many times as you like.

    If you have the slightest interest in learning Dutch then give it a go. I really recommend it. Veel succes!
  • Anonymous
    This course is highly recommended. provides basic notions of the language in a dynamic way. In my case, I needed more time than estimated, there is a lot of new content! If you want to learn well, you will have to dedicate more time to it, but it is worth it!
  • Anonymous
    An excellent introduction to the Dutch language. The mix of video, audio and text was just right and pitched at just the right level, at least for me. I appreciated the emphasis on being able to speak and understand simple phrases from the very beginning.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent introduction to the Dutch language. The course takes you through the basics, covering all aspects, such as grammar, listening, reading, writing and also elements of the Dutch culture.
  • Anonymous
    The course is great!! if you start it from zero at the end of the weeks you will be al ready understanding basic dutch! it is a course for basic dutch learning not so focus in grammar.
  • Anonymous
    I am glad that there are learning tools that I can have access to after the course is finished. There is also an introduction to Dutch culture and the city of Groningen.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is a very good introductory course. Learning the basic rules of grammar was very useful for me, and the videos were really good learning tools.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you to everyone who has worked to provide this course. The course describes the basics of the Dutch language considerably nicely. This course was the reason I aspired to learn Dutch thoroughly. I also think the resources shared throughout the course are significantly helpful.
  • Anonymous
    A very nice application. Thank you. He opened a new page in my life. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
    Ali calpan

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