Online course

Introduction to Dutch

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

Start learning Dutch today

Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands? This online Dutch course is perfect if you have little or no prior knowledge of Dutch but would like to learn the basics to help you understand life in the Low Countries.

Over three weeks you will learn Dutch from experts at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. You’ll learn how to introduce yourself and talk and write about family, friends, work, study and daily live. Your basic Dutch language skills should make living or visiting the Netherlands even more enjoyable.

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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 secondsWe 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?

  • Available now
    This course started 25 February 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • 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.

What do people say about this course?

Perfect course! Everything is clear, easy to understand. I'm enjoying!

Min Dai

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.

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