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Best Dutch Language Courses

Updated on February 25, 2015
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I am Engish, learned Latin and Afrikaans at school and a smattering of other languages as needed. Different cultures and words fascinate me

Learn Dutch at home with Dutch language software

When I was at school in South Africa, learning Afrikaans, which was compulsory in the 1950s, our teacher used to encourage us to read a bit of Dutch, from a book called Blou en Grys (Blue and Grey) because she said it would help our Afrikaans, which is a sort of simplified dialect of Dutch, spoken by the boers (Afrikaans farmers). The spelling was different, but the sounds were similar.

In later years when I visited Holland, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could follow much of what was being spoken in Dutch, which was very handy.

If you are starting from scratch, I have chosen some good Dutch language courses and English/Dutch dictionaries for you to look at. You will also find here some famous Dutch art and a few of my rather large collection of foreign dolls, as well as several YouTube videos about Dutch subjects, and a poll for you to take.

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Below are 2 Dutch Language Courses, Dutch/English Dictionaries and videos of Dutch music and Dutch culture

Take a look at the Dutch language software on this page

I hope when you have seen everything on this page, you will find something to interest you in your search to acquire a further language skill

I'm showing you 2 different Dutch courses here, but this page would be even longer if I were to include every Dutch language program on Amazon, so if you don't see the language course you were looking for, you can just point and click on any Amazon item shown below and you will be instantly transported to the Amazon.com website, where you can browse for the Dutch language software course of your choice.

Dutch Art - Vincent van Gogh

Starry Night

Vincent van Gogh

Buy This at Allposters.com

Now some

Dutch Language Courses:

Learn Dutch: Rosetta Stone Dutch - Level 1-3 Set
Learn Dutch: Rosetta Stone Dutch - Level 1-3 Set

Interactive language software, speech-recognition technology.You'll be able to

build vocabulary, learn pronunciation, enjoy social interaction, share ideas and opinions, write and spell accurately

Includes Rosetta Stone mobile apps for the Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone,

Language-enhancing games; includes headset with microphone

 

Rosetta Stone Dutch Language Course Levels 1 - 3 Set





This is a substantial and in-depth course; when you've completed it, you will be able to converse and do business in Dutch, nd generally make out like a Dutch person.









Learn Dutch: Rosetta Stone Dutch - Level 1
Learn Dutch: Rosetta Stone Dutch - Level 1

Interactive language software and speech-recognition technology. You will

build a basic vocabulary and essential language structure, with basic conversational skills, immediate and ongoing speech assessments.

Includes Rosetta Stone mobile apps for the Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone,

Language-enhancing games; live online lessons; includes headset with microphone

 

Rosetta Stone Dutch Language Course - Level 1









You will have online one-to-one training, games, and general interaction to help you to learn Dutch









Dutch on YouTube - a few videos:




Caro Emerald - Tangled Up - (Caro's The Shocking Miss Emerald shot up to No. 1 in the British Pop Chart in May 2013)









Talking Dutch







Easy Dutch














The Netherlands & The Dutch Culture









How the Dutch got their cycle paths










Electro/Dirty/Dutch House Music 2013









How to say G in Dutch










Don Maclean - Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

Did you know

that Dutch people call

the Dutch language

Hollands or Nederlands

and that they call

the Dutch people

Hollanders or Nederlanders

and the country

Holland or Nederland?

And did you know that Holland

actually covers only two of the provinces

in Nederland (which means low-lying land?

The word Holland is used to describe the whole,

rather like England is sometimes used

to describe the United Kingdom.

Derivation of the word "Dutch":

There is a very informative article on Wikipedia, which also explains how the English word Dutch, the German word Deutsch, and the Dutch word Dietsch have a common etymological source meaning Germanic. There's much more to the article than that, and, confusing though it may be, it's very interesting to read, if, like me, you are interested in the origin of words, and the similarities between languages.

I love this Picture - Girl with a Pearl Earring





Girl with a Pearl Earring

Jan Vermeer

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Are you planning to learn or brush up your Dutch? - Let's see what you all say in the Poll below

Dutch is a fairly easy language to learn if you know German, Afrikaans, Flemish or even English. These are all described as Germanic languages - different from German, but originally derived from it, at least to some extent, although there are other influences too

Why do you think you might be interested in learning Dutch?

See results

Some Zazzle Designs with a Dutch flavor

You Can Get this Starry Night Design on a Mug or T-Shi rt on Zazzle:


Van Gogh: Starry Night Mug

by vintagechest



This is my Guestbook, where you can leave comments - I love to hear from people around the world

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I am US born and raised, but my heritage is full Dutch. Sadly I don't know any Dutch language. Spanish would be a more practical language for me to learn at this point. I'm just naturally attracted to all things Dutch though.Thanks for the language learning ideas!

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      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @sharonbellis: Probably not, because the Dutch speak good English, on the whole. But it is useful if you travel there and want to please the locals, or if you have a relationship (business or romantic) with someone Dutch

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I need to learn Italian fast! Not sure I will ever need to learn dutch though.

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @BLouw: Yes, people are so pleased if you can even make a small effort to speak their language.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      There are lots of Dutch people living in South West France and so we do tend to pick up the odd word. It is always such an asset to be able to speak several languages.

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      LaptopLeader 

      5 years ago

      Great lens for people who are looking to learn Dutch. May be something I'll get into in the future. :) Cheers!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @ChristyZ: Thanks.....I do try to entertain!

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Keith J Winter: I think Dutch is a bit easier, but I know what you mean! You end up sp;eaking a mixture of Spanish and sign language

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      Keith Winter 

      5 years ago from Spain

      Great lens. i am hopeless at learning languages. I've lived in Spain for over 12 years and still have problems with Spanish.

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      ChristyZ 

      5 years ago

      I'm not planning on learning to speak Dutch, but I do want to visit Holland some day. The artwork you've featured is beautiful. :)

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