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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen via FutureLearn


Learn Dutch online and explore the culture of the Netherlands

Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon? Learn basic Dutch in 3 weeks with our online course.

This free 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.

Explore the Dutch language and learn the basics

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.

Discover how to introduce yourself, discuss your family and friends, and talk about work or studying. You’ll also learn about life in the Netherlands and be able to talk about it.

Understand Dutch grammar and master Dutch pronunciation

As the course progresses, 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.

You’ll become familiar with Dutch grammar and be able to use pronouns, regular verbs, adjectives and different tenses. We’ll discuss how to ask questions effectively, make suggestions and use correct Dutch pronunciation.

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.

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  • 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...
  • 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

    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!
  • 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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
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    Michael Hammer completed this 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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
  • Roman Nikitchenko 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....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Kim Roberts completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    loved this course learned about the culture, the food. Learned the basics of how to introduce ourselves, hold a conversation, talk about ourselves.
    The audio and video lessons really helped with pronounciation and the tutors were great. Above all being able to interact with other students really helped.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this 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!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Brenda Schmitt completed this course.

    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.

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