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Introduction Pronunciation Vocabulary Index News Main page
Main lessons Les 1 Les 2 Les 3 Les 4 Les 5 Les 6 Les 7 Les 8 Les 9 Les 10 Les 11 Les 12 Les 13 Les 14 Les 15 Les 16 Les 17 Les 18 Les 19 Les 20 Les 21 Les 22
Practice Les 1A Les 2A Les 3A Les 4A Les 5A Les 6A Les 7A Les 8A Les 9A Les 10A Les 11A Les 12A Les 13A Les 14A Les 15A Les 16A Les 17A Les 18A Les 19A Les 20A Les 21A Les 22A
Examples Vb. 1 Vb. 2 Vb. 3 Vb. 4 Vb. 5 Vb. 6 Vb. 7 Vb. 8 Vb. 9 Vb. 10 Vb. 11 Vb. 12 Vb. 13 Vb. 14 Vb. 15 Vb. 16 Vb. 17 Vb. 18 Vb. 19 Vb. 20 Vb. 21 Vb. 22

Nederlands ~ Engels

Dutch ~ English

Table of contents

Flag of Flanders.svg Brugge
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam
Flag of Flanders.svg Antwerpen
Flag of Suriname.svg Paramaribo
Flag of Curaçao.svg Willemstad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gorinchem


Welcome to the Dutch language course. Notice the arrows under the images of a number of cities where Dutch is spoken? Click on the arrow to hear how their names are pronounced in Dutch. There may be some surprises!

If you want more information on the course, here are a few pages that may give you that.

Voorkant The cover, frontpage Voorwoord - How to use this textbook Uitspraak - The pronunciation
Woordenschat - Audio-visual Vocabulary Index - Index - (under construction) Wat is er nieuw? - What's new? - Latest edits.

De lessen (Lessons)[edit]

There are three types of lessons:

  1. Main lessons concentrate mostly on grammar
  2. Practice lessons concentrate mostly on practicing grammar, vocabulary building, listening
  3. Cultural lessons teach language the fun way. Songs, stories, poems, videos etc.
Main lesson Practice lesson Cultural lesson
Les 1:
Dutch grammar (introduction), conversations,
personal pronouns
Les 1A: Some more conversations. Vb. 1 Poesje en Hondje
Les 2:
Collega's en vrienden
Verbs (introduction),
polite and familiar conversations,
word order in questions.
Les 2A Some more inflection. Vb. 2 Ik ben een muzikant
De wielen van de bus
Les 3:
Numbers 1 to 12, telling time,
gender; the reference problem.
Les 3A: Some more time telling. Vb. 3 Hoedje van papier
Les 4:
Geen geld.
Indefinite articles,
more pronouns,
plural of nouns.
Les 4A: Fruits, plurals and negations Vb. 4 Wat zullen we drinken.
Les 5:
De weg vinden
Asking directions,
conjugating regular verbs in the present.
Les 5A: Practice the present tense Vb. 5 Tulips
Les 6: Numbers 13-100, colors.
Past and perfect tense
Les 6a: Past and perfect tense:
weak and class I, II, III strong
Vb. 6: Some poetry - van Alphen
Les 7: Samenstellingen - Compounds
Les 7a: Past and perfect tense:
class IV, V, VI and VII strong
Vb. 7: Some poetry -Gorter
Les 8: Er and the pronominal adverbs.
Pronominal replacement.
Translating its.
Les 8a: Vervanging ~ Replacement
Vb. 8: Minderheden ~ Minorities
Les 9: Modal verbs, Zullen and laten.
Future and conditional.
Les 9a: Modal / future
Days / Months
Vb. 9: Some poetry ~ Gezelle
Les 10: Separable verbs. Les 10a: Separability Vb. 10: Poetry - De Génestet; Bird song
Les 11: Interrogative and Relative pronouns.
Conjunctions and subjunctions
Word order.
Les 12: Passive voice.
Les 13: Adjectives revisited
Les 14: Verbal nouns Vb. 14: De Watersnoodramp
Les 15: Modal particles,
case endings
Vb. 15: Poetry - Vondel, Tollens, Van Duyse
Les 16: Review of werkwoorden verbs
Les 17: Adverbs and Prepositions
Les 18: Wword order of separable verbs Les 18A: Practice separating
Les 19: Inseparable verbs
Les 20: Exclamations!
Les 21: That difficult word order...
Les 22: Participles

Speciale lessen[edit]

  • Afrikaans — Comparison with Afrikaans, the language of South Africa and Namibia, and derived from Dutch. Until 1961 it was seen as the same language as Dutch.
    See w:Afrikaans for more information.
  • Vlaams — Flemish is a special case, not a language and not a dialect. It is commonly spoken in Flanders but has no official status or something comparable.
    Read the introduction on w:Flemish (linguistics) for more information.


I This is a Category I Language.