Last modified on 22 May 2015, at 18:55


Nederland (The Netherlands)

  Nederlands ~ Engels  

Dutch ~ English


Table of Contents

Zuid-Afrika (South Africa)
De Nederlandse Antillen (The Netherlands Antilles) Aruba (Aruba)
België (Belgium) Namibië (Namibia)
Suriname (Suriname) Indonesië
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 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!

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.

De lessen (Lessons)Edit

There are three types of lessons:

  1. Main lessons concentrate mostly on grammar
  2. Practice lessons concentrate mostly on practicing grammar, vocabulary building, listening
  3. Cultural lessons teach language the fun way. Songs, stories, poems, videos etc.
Main lesson Practice lesson Cultural lesson
Les 1:
Dutch grammar (introduction), conversations,
personal pronouns: subject and object.
polite and familiar forms,
Les 1A: Some more conversations. Vb. 1 Poesje en Hondje
Les 2:
Collega's en vrienden
Verbs (introduction),
polite and familiar conversations,
word order in questions.
Les 2A Some more inflection. Vb. 2 Ik ben een muzikant
De wielen van de bus
Les 3:
Numbers 1 to 12, telling time,
natural and grammatical gender
animate and inanimate nouns
the reference problem.
Les 3A: Some more time telling. Vb. 3 Hoedje van papier
Les 4:
Geen geld.
Indefinite articles,
more pronouns,
plural of nouns.
Les 4A: Fruits, plurals and negations Vb. 4 Wat zullen we drinken.
Les 5:
De weg vinden
Asking directions,
conjugating regular verbs in the present.
Les 5A: Practice the present tense Vb. 5 Tulips
Les 6: Numbers 13-100, simple math, colors.
Past and perfect tense
Les 6a: Past and perfect tense:
weak and class I, II, III strong
Vb. 6: Some poetry - van Alphen
Les 7: Samenstellingen - Compounds
Les 7a: Past and perfect tense:
class IV, V, VI and VII strong
Vb. 7: Some poetry -Gorter
Les 8: Er and the pronominal adverbs.
Pronominal replacement.
Translating its.
Les 8a: Vervanging ~ Replacement
Vb. 8: Minderheden ~ Minorities
Les 9: Modal verbs, Zullen and laten.
Future and conditional.
Vb. 9: Some poetry ~ Gezelle
Les 10: Separable verbs.
Les 11: Interrogative and Relative pronouns.
Conjunctions and subjunctions
Word order.
Les 12: Passive voice.
Les 13: Adjectives revisited
Les 14: Verbal nouns
Les 15: Modal particles,
case endings
Les 16: Review of werkwoorden verbs
Les 17: Adverbs and Prepositions
Les 18: More about word order of separable verbs Les 18A: Practice separating
Les 19: Inseparable verbs
Les 20: Exclamations!
Les 21: That difficult word order...
Les 22: Participles

Speciale lessenEdit

  • Afrikaans — Comparison with Afrikaans, the language of South Africa and Namibia, and derived from Dutch. Until 1961 it was seen as the same language as Dutch.
    See w:Afrikaans for more information.
  • 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.
    Read the introduction on w:Flemish (linguistics) for more information.


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