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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 and I love my language course at Taalthuis. 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."

Javier

Expat Javier (31) from Spain

“At the University of Leiden where I work everybody speaks English. If I talk Dutch for a long time, I sometimes struggle to find the right words and because it goes too slowly for me, I switch to English. Me and my girlfriend we usually send each other Whatsapp messages in Dutch, which helps me to learn the language even better. At home I have Post-its with Dutch words like ‘ijskast’, but also phrases like ‘kom maar binnen’ and ‘hoe gaat het’? I chose Taalthuis because I found good references on the net. On Wednesday mornings I have a three-hour class and to still make a full working day, I continue working during the evening. Classes do not tire me at all; the lessons are dynamic and well structured.”

Rachel

Au pair Rachel (22) from South Africa

“It may sound strange for someone from South Africa, but I don’t like the sun and I am allergic to sunscreen products. Look at my red hair, a legacy of my British grandparents. I am a real winter child. When I arrived in January and it was snowing I felt so lucky. People in South Africa warned me about the directness of Dutch people, but I like it when people are clear. I am exactly like that. I am crazy about languages and I speak Xhosa, an African click language. At school I hardly learned Afrikaans, so my Dutch is not very good. But I am working hard on it and the lessons at Taalthuis are really helpful. I have a great au pair family and a boyfriend who studies in Leiden. I love the Netherlands!”

Demian

Expat Demian (38) from Brazil

"I thought it would be a great experience to live abroad with my family for a couple of years. Because I really love cycling, we chose the Netherlands. And also because of the high level of education. My wife is about to start studying language education. Our whole family feels at ease, even though we have only been here for four months. The Dutch are warm, say 'hello' and 'good morning'. My nine- year-old daughter has a lot of girlfriends and doesn't even want to go back to Brazil anymore. The children love the Dutch sweet breakfast, especially chocolate sprinkles. My daughter and I practice Dutch together. I also speak Dutch with the people from the local shops. After the supermarket cashier jokingly asked if I had stopped taking lessons, I started learning hard again, just to be sure. Luckily the lessons at Taalthuis are great!