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Cycle 1 Quiz Cycle 2 Quiz Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6
Main 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 Les 23 Main
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 Practice
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 Examples
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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![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 something comparable.

Appendix[edit | edit source]

I This is a Category I Language.

Under construction[edit | edit source]

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