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Learning Dutch at Taalthuis is fun!

You can follow courses at all levels. Small groups. Discounts for au pairs, students, partners and friends. Good course materials including e-learning.

Find out what our students are saying:

Lena: “Because my Dutch has improved so much, I can talk to the friends of my au pair children a lot easier. "

Au Pair Lena (20) from Germany

“Speen”, that was the first Dutch word I learned. Which is not that strange when you consider I have 3 au pair children. I do speak English with the children as well, because their parents like that. Because my Dutch has improved so much, I can talk to the friends of my au pair children a lot easier. Due to my German background, I have the advantage of learning Dutch a little faster. If I go to a museum, I usually take the Dutch audio tour and Dutch written text to learn the language even better. At the end of the year I will be returning to Germany to study Social Work, but I will definitely return to the Netherlands to follow a part of my studies here.

Azi "My favorite expression? ‘Het kan vriezen en het kan dooien.’"

Au Pair Azi (28) from Singapore:

“They sell fresh ‘stroopwafels’ at the market in Singapore. I was really looking forward to eating them ‘in real life’ in the Netherlands. But I've found something I like even more: ‘poffertjes’! The food here is very different. I am surprised that Dutch people eat bread twice a day, I often eat fruit or yoghurt in the afternoon. The Netherlands is not an unknown country for me. My friend comes from Utrecht and I've been here a couple of times on holiday. When I talk to him in Dutch, he always has to laugh. Apparently, it’s children’s language. This makes sense if you are working with children all day. My favorite expression? ‘Het kan vriezen en het kan dooien.’ I think it is so funny, I say it all the time.”

Kenia: "In our class I feel very familiar with my fellow international students. We are really close and we share a lot of stories"

Expat Kenia (24) from Spain

“I met my Dutch boyfriend 5 years ago during our holidays in Blanes. I am Spanish but I do speak very well English. This means it is very tempting to speak English, also because everybody in Amsterdam, where I have been working for over a year now, speaks English. However, I want to learn to speak and write Dutch very well, because this will give me a better chance on a technical job in the textile industry. In our class I feel very familiar with my fellow international students. We are really close and we share a lot of stories. The first course actually went quite easy, because I have been talking Dutch with my boyfriend for a number of years now. Thanks to my boyfriend, my first Dutch word was ‘kusjes’ ”