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Here are the resources I consider essential to learn how to speak Dutch.
FAVOURITE COURSES & APPS TO GIVE YOUR DUTCH A BOOST
DutchPod101 – This is my favourite Dutch audio course. This course is much better value than more famous audio courses, and in my opinion it’s more effective too!
Glossika – Learn through sentences and repetition. Glossika uses the “mass sentence method” combined with an advanced spaced repetition system to teach you Dutch in context. Best for upper-beginner to intermediate learners.
DUTCH SPEAKING TOOLS: PRACTICE WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
Speak from day one is my approach to any new language. I have one tool I recommend for this:
Italki – connects you with native Dutch speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay Dutch tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner! This link takes you right to the Dutch tutors on the site.
DUTCH TEXT COURSES AND BOOKS
These are the two course books I used when I was learning Dutch:
Colloquial Dutch: Beginner's Course – This series is a great way to introduce yourself to the natural flow of Dutch, without worrying too much about the grammar.
Assimil Dutch – A beginner’s text-based course with audio, if you’re more of a textbook person. Assimil’s explanations are a bit on the technical side, though. If you like that, this is a great course. If you prefer more down-to-earth explanations, DutchPod101 (above) will be a better fit.
DUTCH LEARNING WEBSITES YOU MUST BOOKMARK TODAY
You’ll return to these resources again and again in your Dutch study sessions.
Forvo – find out how any Dutch word is pronounced. Just type the word you’re looking for into the search bar in Dutch!
VanDale Dictionary – Simply the best online Dutch dictionary. Available both as a monolingual or bilingual dictionary.
START SPEAKING DUTCH NOW
Need help getting started? I designed this course to guide you through your first week:
Conversation Countdown – Have your first conversation in Dutch in just seven days. This is one of our most popular courses, and with good reason, because you’ll get results fast.