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Online course

Introduction to Dutch

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course.


  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introduction to Dutch

Why join the course?

Are you planning to visit the Netherlands? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no knowledge of Dutch, but would like to master the fundamentals.

The course will help you to:

  • introduce yourself,
  • talk about your family, friends, work and study,
  • experience life in the Netherlands.

During the course, you will learn Dutch phrases, vocabulary and grammar.

You will learn familiar words and phrases about yourself and your family. You will learn to use simple sentences about everyday activities. And you will be able to write short texts.

Get a taste of Dutch? Join the course now!

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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 6 seconds We hope we will soon be able to say, welkom aan boord-- welcome on board-- and that you will have a pleasant course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Reading and listening to dialogues about work, study, hobbies, eating, drinking, living, weather and the time
  • Understanding the grammar around the conjugation of verbs, word order,personal pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs and making questions
  • Writing and speaking assignments including introducing oneself and speaking about eating and living
  • Introduction to Dutch culture

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Apply basic Dutch vocabulary and grammar in a range of everyday situations
  • Produce short written statements in Dutch about every day life
  • Discuss simple concepts, situations and needs in Dutch

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Birgit, Jeroen and Margriet (Lead educators)

Lead educators Introduction to Dutch Senior lecturers at University of Groningen Language Centre.

Who developed the course?

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Listen and repeat
    Listen and repeat

    Practise your speaking skills in Dutch: watch the video, listen carefully and repeat. The phrases are from the dialogues of week 1 of this course.

  • Watch and read: the time
    Watch and read: the time

    Watch and/or read about the principles of telling the time, with practical phrases, in Dutch.

  • Microphone
    Authentic audio samples

    Listen to learners of Dutch talking about themselves. Do you recognize some of it? And: an invitation and tool to send audio with you speaking Dutch!