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Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Main Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Lesson 11 Lesson 12 Lesson 13 Lesson 14 Lesson 15 Lesson 16 Lesson 17 Lesson 18 Lesson 19 Lesson 20 Lesson 21 Lesson 22 Lesson 23 Main
Practice Lesson 1A Lesson 2A Lesson 3A Lesson 4A Lesson 5A Lesson 6A Lesson 7A Lesson 8A Lesson 9A Lesson 10A Lesson 11A Lesson 12A Lesson 13A Lesson 14A Lesson 15A Lesson 16A Practice
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Nederlands ~ Engels

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Welcome![edit | edit source]

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!

Information about the course[edit | edit source]

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.

The lessons[edit | edit source]

If you want to jump right in and start learning: there are three types of lessons:

  1. Main lessons concentrate mostly on conversations to introduce grammar
  2. Practice lessons concentrate mostly on practicing grammar, vocabulary building, listening, quizzes
  3. Cultural lessons teach language the fun way. Songs, stories, poems, videos etc.

There are three levels, each consisting of two cycles of four lessons each.

Beginner level[edit | edit source]

At the end of this level learners should be able to form simple sentences in the basic tenses and possess a vocabulary of just over 1000 terms.

Intermediate level[edit | edit source]

At the end of this level learners should be able to deal with complex sentences with complex verbal expressions and have a reasonable grasp of syntax.

Advanced level[edit | edit source]

At the end of this level learners should have full command over Dutch grammar and syntax, including a number of special topics.

Special lessons[edit | edit source]

This course is mostly based on (northern) standard Dutch, but it will at times go into the differences with other varieties. There are two special lessons that consider the relationship of northern standard Dutch with Afrikaans and Flemish
  • Afrikaans — Comparison with Afrikaans, the language of South Africa and Namibia, and derived from Dutch.
Until 1928 it was seen as the same language as Dutch. Then both Dutch and Afrikaans became official languages of South Africa. Dutch ceased to have that role in 1961.
Afrikaans has its own wikibook, if you wish to learn it.
  • 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 anything comparable.

Appendix[edit | edit source]

I This is a Category I Language.

Under construction[edit | edit source]

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