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FutureLearn: Introduction to Dutch

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Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon? This free online 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.

Learn basic Dutch

The course will run over three weeks, helping you to:

  • introduce yourself and get to know other learners
  • talk about your family, friends, work and study
  • and experience life in the Netherlands.

Speak, write and understand useful Dutch

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.

By the end of the course, 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.

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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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Provider FutureLearn
Language Dutch
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 3 weeks long

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Introduction to Dutch
4.8 Based on 67 reviews

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5.0 2 years ago
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 / exercises, and more importantly - with transcripts. First they introduce the language, then the transcript and then finally teach you the meaning. In my opinion it's a really good way to learn pronunciation and get used to how the language sounds. It's only a 3 week course, and I'd prefer it to be a bit longer, but for beginners to language study or to Dutch it's perfect to dip into and get started. They touch on a number of topics during the course (including the dreaded grammar - which is explained very clearly), and there's some repetition of material, so you can get a good ground knowledge of the basics. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Dutch, or even just wants to try an online language learning course.
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5.0 2 years ago
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!
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4.0 2 years ago
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.
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5.0 2 years ago
by 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.
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5.0 2 years ago
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.
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5.0 2 years ago
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!
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4.0 2 years ago
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!
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5.0 2 years ago
by 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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5.0 2 years ago
by Erin Desmond completed this course.
I enjoyed the course and I have learned a lot. The professors were professional and kind and encouraging. I encourage all of you to begin to learn Dutch. You will have to practice a lot but that is expected. Loved the course!
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5.0 2 years ago
by Andrew Mossberg completed this course.
An excellent basic introduction to the Dutch language that teaches both useful phrases for travelers and casual conversation, as well as basic grammar needed to pursue further Dutch studies. Recommended.
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4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Good introduction to Dutch, I spent about 15 hours per week on the course with the additional quizlets. Would sign up for the next course with the University of Groningen.
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5.0 a year ago
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 keen to help us all to learn. The overriding impression that I have come away with is that the course was full of integrity - this does not seem so evident when I look at other advertised online language courses. There is now an incentive for many of us to go on and continue our university studies perhaps in Groningen.

I am pleased to have completed the course and feel confident enough to have a basic conversation in Dutch. I had a slight advantage having studied beginner's German (nearly 30 years ago!) and honestly believe that learning Dutch has also helped me improve my understanding of the German language especially in relation to word order and vocabulary.

Many thanks to the lecturers and support staff invol
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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 keen to help us all to learn. The overriding impression that I have come away with is that the course was full of integrity - this does not seem so evident when I look at other advertised online language courses. There is now an incentive for many of us to go on and continue our university studies perhaps in Groningen.

I am pleased to have completed the course and feel confident enough to have a basic conversation in Dutch. I had a slight advantage having studied beginner's German (nearly 30 years ago!) and honestly believe that learning Dutch has also helped me improve my understanding of the German language especially in relation to word order and vocabulary.

Many thanks to the lecturers and support staff involved in creating this wonderful course. I feel somewhat sad that I cannot go on to do week 4, week 5 etc - perhaps there is enough value for the University of Groningen to consider a follow-on course.

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4.0 a year ago
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 transcripts. First they introduce the language, then the transcript and then finally teach you the meaning. I found this to be a great way to learn pronunciation and get used to how the language sounds. It's only a 3 week course, and I'd prefer it to be a bit longer, but for beginners to language study or to Dutch it's perfect to dip into and get started. They touch on a number of topics during the course (including the dreaded grammar - which is explained very clearly), and there's some repetition of material, so you can get a good ground knowledge of the basics. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Dutch, or even just wants to try an online language learning course.
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5.0 10 months ago
by 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. Videos, audios, transcripts are just fantastic. Grammar explanations are not so detailed but remember, this is just introduction so this is fair.

Just be warned that if you really are following course as an absolute beginner I would recommend at least 8 hours per week or even more. There are more than 300 words and phrases involved so 3 hours per week are definitely not enough. I do recommend to do all quizzes including external ones. This makes a bit competition and allows your progress estimation more clean way.
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5.0 a year ago
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.
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5.0 a year ago
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.
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5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Not bad if you are starting learning dutch from scratch. The best thing to me were the dialogues, those are usually missing from other language learning platforms around the web and I needed to learn some expressions for everyday chit-chat. Another perk is that the course is quite interactive, with quizzes, fill-in exercises, and fairly active moderators that help the students by answering their questions in the comment sections. A good course overall.
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5.0 a year ago
Eli Kaufman completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was an excellent beginners course with a gentle introduction to the language, with bits thrown in about the culture and the city of Groningen.

The topics were presented in bite-size chunks, easy to digest :)

Moving along one step at a time, after three weeks it makes you feel that you achieved something tangible, including basic vocabulary, simple grammar and ability to understand and even write simple texts.
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5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is very useful and achieved what it set out to do. lt is very practical and will give a sound foundation to starting life in the Netherlands and being able to speak about everyday things. The standard of the course materials is very high and is made interesting by the videos and scripts. lf there is a continuing course l would follow it. Thanks to the Educators and Mentors.
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5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was great! Very clear, helpful and entertaining.

It provides audios and videos with transcripts, explanations of simple grammar, quizes and excersises, and tries to engage students in writing and sharing.

It was fun and even though I have started learning Dutch a couple of months ago, I have learned some important points from this course.
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