Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsYou may know the words boss, cookie, yacht, and brandy. These words have one thing in common. They all originate from Dutch words. Baas, koekje, jacht, and brandewijn, which means burned wine, a 17th century term. Welcome at the University of Groningen, one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands. My name is Wim Tomassen. I'm a senior English lecturer at the Language Centre of Groningen University. I'd like to welcome you to our free online introductory Dutch course. Dutch is the language spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname. In this course, you will learn Dutch up to a lower beginner's level, meaning you should be able to understand some Dutch and use some elementary phrases and expressions.
Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds We hope we will soon be able to say, welkom aan boord-- welcome on board-- and that you will have a pleasant course.