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Learning Dutch at Taalthuis is fun!

Find out what our students are saying:

Flavia

Expat Flavia (44) from Brazil

"My husband was sent to the Netherlands for his work and we came with him as a family, together with our son and daughter. It took them some getting used to at the beginning; there is a huge difference between Rio de Janeiro and Haarlem. But with the beach at ten minutes by bike, they were quickly convinced. "Just like in Rio, Mommy! When the weather is nice we spend every weekend on the beach. Tomorrow I will start my first working day as a cardiologist in the AMC hospital. Now I am even more motivated to learn Dutch. My favorite Dutch word is 'gezellig'. I feel very welcome in the Netherlands. Never imagined that I would feel so at ease in a small town. Everything is within walking distance; schools, shops, restaurants. Ideal! We even bought a house near the center. Haarlem is our home now."

Matea

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.’

Ditti

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. ‘