"It's all double-Dutch to me"...


...a phrase meaning "this is impossibly difficult", with "Dutch" referring to something very, very confusing. Indeed, Dutch is a difficult language, but it is not impossible to learn.

With the Dutch being the best non-native English speakers in the world, internationals can often feel like its a pointless struggle trying to stumble through the basic phrases. However, with a little patience and perseverance, you can develop a decent understanding and start to feel more at home with your Dutch friends. You have to find out what works for you, everyone learns languages in different ways and at different speeds, but here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Develop a basic understanding:

  • RUG/Hanze: both universities offer courses at their language centers

  • Online courses, such as this one

  • Books

  • Duolingo

  • Immerse yourself in the language:

  • Language Cafe

  • Dutch-speaking churches

  • Dutch student assosiations

  • Dutch friends

  • Dutch TV/radio

  • Don't be afraid to ask:

  • Practise with friends, or sign up to our language exchange

  • ask HOSTies

  • Ask public

Veel success!

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