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This workshop will point out features of the Dutch language and similarities with other languages: learn Dutch faster and be surprised how much you understand as a total beginner.


Why is Dutch such an accessible language for English and German speakers?
The answer is that these languages are family-related.
Ever wondered why many words in the Dutch language look so familiar at first sight?
It is because of this kinship.

But Dutch is also easy to learn because it has ‘borrowed’ lots and lots of words from languages like French, Italian, Indonesian and Malay and many other languages. Recognising familiar features can help you build a larger vocabulary in a short period of time. Before long a new student, who is aware of this, is able to communicate with Dutch people.

But be careful.

Among these new assets you may encounter several false friends. The Dutch word ‘slim’ (smart), for instance, has totally different meanings in German and English.

In this workshop we will take a look at English, German, French and other languages and see how they relate to Dutch. Understanding these relations will help you gain more insight into the grammar and vocabulary of Dutch.

You will learn Dutch faster and with less difficulty.
You’ll be surprised how much you understand as a total beginner.
No knowledge of Dutch is required for this workshop.

Ruud Hisgen is teacher and managing director of Direct Dutch Institute, the oldest language school for Dutch in The Hague. Ruud Hisgen has over thirty years of experience teaching Dutch to expats. He is also an author and regularly hosts workshops about (Dutch) culture and literature.


TIME: 15:30 – 16:00





This is just one of an informative series of Free Workshops available to all visitors to The Feel at Home Fair on 3 February 2019. The full programme will be published shortly.

Entry to the Feel at Home International Community Fair is free for visitors who reserve their tickets in advance. You can register for up to 4 Free Tickets per order by clicking on the orange button:





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