Welcome to the Netherlands!
The Netherlands is known as the land of cheese, windmills, wooden clogs and tulips. Yet, there is a lot more to discover once you get here! Are you curious about the Netherlands and the Dutch language, culture, and way of life? This course will help you to start understanding and connecting with Dutch people. You will also learn more about Dutch history and culture: why do the Dutch speak so many languages? How do they celebrate birthdays? Why do they need to make appointments for everything? And… why are carrots orange?
This course aims to give you an introduction to the Dutch language and culture, providing you with basic knowledge to get around in the Netherlands. The course covers speaking, reading, listening and writing to get you to a CEF-level of A1-, as well as more cultural aspects.
Each day of the course, we will cover both language and culture. Topics include:
- Introducing yourself and others
- Hobbies and things you (dis)like
- Describing people and your family
- Daily activities and the time
- Products and prices
- Travel and accommodation
- Reserving a table and ordering at a restaurant
- The Dutch royal family
- The Golden Age
- Student life in Enschede
- Dutch birthday parties
- Dutch art
- The Dutch education system
In addition to the above topics, you are encouraged to ask about topics you are personally interested in. After all, we want you to be able to use your Dutch language skills and cultural knowledge in daily life!
This course will provide participants with a basic knowledge of Dutch (CEFR-level of A1-). Following the CEFR guidelines, this means that you will be able to:
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at satisfying concrete needs.
- Introduce yourself to others as well as ask and answer questions about personal information, such as where you live, who you know and things you own.
- Respond to others in a simple manner, provided that you are talking about a familiar topic and that your conversational partner speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.
You will also have a basic understanding of Dutch culture, lifestyle and history.