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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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 th Read More
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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 Read More
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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 t Read More
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
a year ago
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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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2 years ago
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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2 years ago
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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2 years ago
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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2 years ago
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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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a year ago
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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 c Read More
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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a year ago
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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 Read More
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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8 months ago
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 explanati Read More
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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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 Read More
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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a year ago
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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, Read More
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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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 exe Read More
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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a year ago
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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 Read More
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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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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a year ago
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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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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is really easy to learn, cause the method with videos, quizlet , audios and texts make it funny. I found it perfect for me, being a Spanish speaker, found difficulties with the pronunciation in Dutch, but the audios helped me a lot to understand that this language I should learn by listening first. Thats the best way for me.
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is a wonderful course - in three weeks it conveys the central elements of Dutch language and culture in an engaging and effective way. If you are planning a visit to the Netherlands and want to go beyond the standard tourist phrases and actually engage with the staff and students there's no better way.
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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
What a nice course this is!! I've taken several MOOC, but this is one of the best, every explanation was really clear and quizlet is very useful. I would only advice to manage the content in 4 or 5 weeks as there's too much vocabulary to learn. Hope you could make an intermediate Dutch course to keep on learning!
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I've just completed the course and found it interesting and enjoyable. As well as learning the language you learn about Dutch culture, I especially found the videos about Groningen really informative and entertaining. Definitely recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn Dutch.
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a year ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Really good basic course - lots of great materials, and teachers. I learnt a lot! You can take things at your own pace, which is really useful, and interact with others as much as you like - although there is plenty there to increase your level without being dependent on student interaction.
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2 years ago
Marina Jevdokimova partially completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Nice videos and audios, though I consider it misleading to claim that "the main focus will be on receptive skills like reading and listening". As someone who is primarily interested in reading and listening to Dutch, at least for now, I've not found the course particularly useful.
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a year ago
Nguyễn Hiếu Thảo completed this course.
Mijn naam is Thao. Wij hebben twee kinderen, Ze zijn absoluut leuk. Wij houdener van ze veel.

hihi, thank you for your course. I appreciate that. I can be confident to hear the dialogue in Dutch, write some texts and talk some word.

I love to study more.

I'm ready now.

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8 months ago
Agatha Amachree completed this course.
Great course. I went in with no prior experience of the language. I was quickly taken in by the promising techniques which worked. I have gained a vocabulary and basic grammatical structure that enables me to confidently say ik spreek een beetje nederland. Leuk!
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Great introductory course to Dutch where you get to learn quite a lot of the language. The teachers are very helpful and easy to reach, the materials are very useful with videos, audios and transcripts. I recommend it to everyone who wants to start learning Dutch.
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course took me from an interested learner floundering with unstructured vocabulary lessons on Duolingo to a confident beginner. I feel like I can go ahead and take the university's A1 course because I have learned from this course that I can learn a language!
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I have been learning Dutch using a couple of online apps, but this course was a great addition. It helped me to understand the grammar and usage a bit better than the apps alone. I recommend it to anyone who would like to learn the Dutch language.
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Great course! Efficient and very effective! I learned the basics of the language relatively easy! The language dialogues were interesting and the explanation of the grammar (with videos) were very clear! Thanks, University of Groningen!
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It was a wonderful class, very well structured with instructions that were easy to understand. The quiz practice package was very helpful for better results, listening, writing , talking, understanding. Thank you!
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It is a great course, I was really looking for an opportunity to learn Dutch however I did.not have the time for courses. And this opportunity was great. I believe I learned a lot. Looking forward to.next steps!
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6 days ago
Meera Sajid completed this course.
I completed this course and I found it really interesting I am learing dutch in Netherlands now. This listening part and quiz gives me more opportunities to make yourself more confident with this new language.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Very good course, especially for beginners. It would be good if it had bigger duration (it's only 3 weeks) or a part2, part3 etc. But still it's very useful and you learn the basics.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent course but a total immersion course. The vocabulary lists are not gradual like other courses but at the end, you feel like you truly learned to speak the language.
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Anonymous completed this course.
The way that the course is executed is really nice. The content is well prepared, the video are really suitable for an introduction course and the quizzes are a good challenge!
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a year ago
Bru Faustino Lopes completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Was an excelent opportunity to learn a bit about the dutch language and culture. I highly recommend. I spent great time studying about the Netherlands and its people.
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a year ago
Germano Sansipersico completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very well organised and stimulating course for beginners of the language. Maybe a similar course for an higher skill level should be considered in the future. Recommended
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
One of the best knowledge after completion of this course Iam now able to understand few basic words and talk few basic sentences

Recommended course for all begginers
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is amazing. It has external resources that help to learn Dutch from different lenguages. The content is precise and it is well explained. I highly recommend it.
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Stergios Stavropoulos completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Nice introductory course for a total beginner like myself coupled with a lot of interesting resources regarding the dutch culture. A great way to get basic dutch skills.
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5 days ago
Dave Negrete completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Hoi!

This was a great course, you learn fast and easy, and it has so many extra tools, that if you use it it makes you understand faster and better.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Loved the course. I found that it packed a lot of information and activities into a limited amount of time. It was sufficient and did not overload.
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2 years ago
Nichlaus Panou completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's a very good course for someone who wants an introduction to the language. The way the language is presented by the instructors is of high quality.
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Anonymous completed this course.
It's a very complete course, thanks to the use of audio, video, Quizlet, and plenty of exercices. As a beginner in Dutch, I enjoyed it very much.
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
An amazing course. Helped me to learn a lot about dutch in just three weeks. I strongly recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning new languages.
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8 months ago
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Claudia Ruz Vargas completed this course.
The course is very good, I finished it in less than 3 weeks because I had so much fun. I learned the basics and for sure I will keep studying Dutch.
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Anonymous completed this course.
It was a great course. Well set out, with good explanations and enough examples and audio to make it real. Really enjoyed the change to learn some Dutch
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course has easy to understand instructions. Plus fun games at the end of each section. A good well recommended free introductory course. Thank you!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent opportunity to learn simple and useful Dutch! Ik kom uit Maleisie, leer ik hier heel Nederlandse woorden. Ik vind de cursus leuk, bedankt!
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5 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Very good for beginners. Now I know I can introduce myself, talk about family, weather, make suggestions and understand many dutch words.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Very well designedl Students are encouraged to learn through a well thought out variety of activities and progress benchmark activities.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Really nice course especially the method of teaching. You be able to speak and understand simple everyday phrases without boring rules.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It was a great course, with many examples and videous. The course also helps me in understanding the culture and weather of the Netherlands.
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a year ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Nice basic course with videos, extra exercises in quizlet. I really enjoyed this course. I'm so excited to start a new dutch course.
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I just finished the course. It is a good start for new learners like myself and made me wanting to learn more!

Highly recommended!
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9 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent introduction with a lot of supporting material. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it has encouraged me to continue my studies.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
i really like this course, taugh a lot of different dutch things, i wish it was longer but still very usefull course
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course was really fun and interesting. I would recommend it to other learners. They can learn a lot in this course.
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Kris Wessels-coles completed this course.
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