Introductory overview of the Dutch Language

Inspired by the earlier entry on featuring “YouTube as a Dutch Learning Aid ?”, I’m still checking back to YouTube for more gems about the Dutch Language. Here’s a slightly more academic look at recognising a page of text as Dutch, as opposed to say German. It is presented by American academic Prof. Alexander […]

Learning vocabulary by word association

The concept of learning new words by making mental associations with familiar words, sounds, or even pictures, is not new. This approach can be used in many creative ways. One teaching aid that relies on the idea of learning by word association is Linkword Languages. This fun and easy approach involves making mental associations based […]

Learn Dutch with Berlitz

Although there is no substitute for a really good language teacher (preferably a native speaker), sometimes that isn’t possible or one would like additional practice between lessons. Many years ago the Berlitz Travel Pack (which consisted of a phrase book and audio cassette in the 1980s) was my introduction to another European language not taught […]

Cheerful listening practice

Inspired by the earlier entry on featuring “YouTube as a Dutch Learning Aid ?”, I’ve been back to YouTube in search of more (slightly more advanced!) entries to follow that introduction. After trying the obvious search terms, such as “learn Dutch”, “Dutch language”, “teach Dutch” etc. without finding anything outstanding, it was time to […]

A Dutch School in Holland: Het Aloysius College

All you Dutch practicers may want to have a peek at the website for a Dutch secondary school. The school we picked is the one that one of our friends went to: the “Aloysius College” in Den Haag (The Hague). Have a look at the fairly comprehensive website. For some hard core Dutch practice have […]

YouTube as a Dutch Learning Aid?

I just tried typing “learn Dutch” and “learning Dutch” as search terms in YouTube. Some of the results are a bit mischievous and they occasionally tend to misrepresent the words they are teaching you to say… The two girls in this video seem pretty straightforward though. Also the video ends by showing a pair of painted […]