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Micaela (18) from South Africa

‘I came to the Netherlands to see where my mother grew up. I wanted to learn the language at Taalthuis because I want to speak Dutch with my mother back in South Africa. My mother has nobody to speak Dutch with. I also have a Dutch boyfriend and when we go out with his friends I want to understand what they’re talking about. I can understand Dutch quite well, since I started the course at Taalthuis, but speaking is more difficult so I answer in English. Because I look like Dutch people, they often are confused.’


Au pair Matea (24) from Croatia

‘As a child I once spent a vacation in Holland with my parents. I was impressed with the beauty. The old architecture and the flowers and decided to come back here as an au pair. In Croatia I have studied Building Construction and Ecology. I’m learning Dutch at Taalthuis, because after my year as an au pair, I plan to continue my studies in the Netherlands. I am still having difficulties with the grammar. I have signed up for the advanced Dutch course at Taalthuis to get better at it.’


Expat Ditti (29) from Hungary

‘I met my boyfriend in Rotterdam, he is Dutch. Because I feel good living here, I decided to quit my job in Hungary and pursue my career in IT in the Netherlands. Everyone at work speaks English, but my colleagues like to challenge me and chat in Dutch during lunch. Also the software we use at work is often in Dutch. At the beginning of the Dutch course at Taalthuis, I was frustrated about my progress, but now I'm doing much better and surprise my colleagues by answering suddenly in Dutch, like: "Daar moet ik even over nadenken.”’

Lerio Jane

Au pair Lerio Jane (25) from the Philippines

‘I'm here for a year and I want to see all of the Netherlands. So on weekends I travel with other au pairs from the Taalthuis Dutch course throughout the country. I have been to Groningen, Maastricht... Since I learn Dutch at Taalthuis I feel more secure on those trips. For example, I understand what is being said through the speakers in the train and what signs mean. At the au pair family where I live, we speak English, but nowadays whenever friends of the children come over to play, I can chat in Dutch with them now. ‘