How did you learn your first language? Your first book was (hopefully) not a grammar book. No, you learned your first language through a very simple process of copying, mimicking, and reproducing the sounds and facial expressions around you. You developed your speaking skills step by step through questions and answers in the context of your daily activities.
This is the same process you’ll follow at the School for Dutch.
“To talk is the first focus. Pronunciation, articulation, dialoguing and conversations are the keywords and key activities and only thén comes grammar."
“Learning a language means far more than just memorizing words and learning grammar rules."
You can’t learn without making mistakes; trial and error is an inevitable part of learning anything new, but especially a new language. At the School for Dutch, we focus on creating a safe, supportive space, where everyone feels confident to take that first step and just try. When learning a new language, it is important not to overthink things and accept mistakes as part of the process. We provide a judgement free environment that will help you build the courage to practice beyond the classroom in restaurants, shops, at work, at home, and beyond.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
– Nelson Mandela
If you’ve been in the Netherlands for a while, chances are you’ve picked up some Dutch along the way. Complete our simple test to assess your level and find out which Dutch class is right for you!
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