|Ben Mettes||10 October||Tuesday||6-8pm||9||$335||Enrol now|
The course teaches Basic Dutch Conversation, and includes learning to read and write Dutch, with the main focus on speaking and understanding Dutch in everyday situations. In the process, learn more about Dutch history, culture and customs. Learn Dutch with only a minimal amount of grammar. Frequently used Dutch vocabulary, expressions and basic grammatical patterns will be gradually introduced during the course. Dutch is learned and studied worldwide by many people and, contrary to what many Dutch people would have you believe, it is a relatively easy language to learn, particularly for speakers of English, because of the many similarities in vocabulary and the regularities of the language.
The course is based on Chapter 1 to 5 of the book Complete Dutch, although the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.
- Introduction: how to introduce yourself and others, how to meet and greet, ask and answer questions, e.g. say where you are from, ask people's name, talk about your family, what languages you speak and what nationality you are, and talk about the weather.
- Shopping: how to buy food and groceries, how to ask for things in shops/markets, how to say what you want, how much you want and how to pay.
- Travel & Accommodation: ask for directions, how to reserve/buy tickets, how to check into a hotel.
- Expression: describe
By the end of the course, you should have acquired enough language to engage in simple conversations in various situations, including to express your opinion on a variety of topics. You should also be able to write simple texts and to read a whole range of straightforward texts in Dutch.
Who should enrol
This course is designed for adults who have no prior knowledge or just a minimal knowledge of the Dutch language and who wish to obtain basic Dutch language skills for the purposes of travel, communication, enjoyment retracing roots, or further study.
Complete Dutch, Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language by Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik.