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Introduction to Dutch culture

Learning the Dutch language involves getting to know the Dutch culture. Every week in this closing section, we will highlight a few aspects of Dutch culture that we think you might find interesting. This week we will focus on Groningen and our University.

Groningen is a city in the north of the Netherlands with around 200,000 inhabitants. Around 55,000 of them are students of the two main universities, the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. It is famous within the Netherlands for being a student city and having a very young population with an average age of 36. Groningen is two and a half hours from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport by train, and approximately three hours from Bremen and Hamburg in northern Germany.

As you know, this introductory course is offered to you by the University of Groningen. Our University is the second-oldest in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1614, meaning we recently celebrated our 400th anniversary. To give you a glimpse of what academic life is like, we would like to refer you to the RUG400 website, where you can find ‘For inifinity – the movie’. It is a fascinating way to be introduced to Groningen, the University and its staff. The film is in English / Dutch with subtitles. You will definitely recognise some words and phrases!

Please visit: For infinity - the movie (if you prefer this website to open in a separate window, click the CTRL key while clicking the link).

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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Listen and repeat
    Listen and repeat
    video

    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: regular verbs
    Watch and read: regular verbs
    video

    Watch and / or read the explanation and examples on this part of Dutch grammar: regular verbs. Also: learn how to practice Dutch grammar.

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

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

  • Microphone
    Authentic audio samples
    article

    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!

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