Whether you are moving to the Netherlands or working with Dutch-speaking colleagues, an intensive Dutch language course is a great way to learn fast. Here we have considered the reasons for learning Dutch and given you some tips for communicating in the Netherlands.
Dutch is one of the Germanic languages, the others being English and, of course, German. The most obvious reason for learning Dutch is if you are moving to the Netherlands, but there are some other good reasons to consider learning this useful language.
While Dutch is not one of the most widely used languages in the world, it may open new and exciting career or investment opportunities. The Netherlands is a massive centre for research and development, ranking in the top ten most innovative countries in the world in 2021. It is a centre not just for digital technology but also for scientific innovation. It has one of the world’s best works to life balances, where people make time for their family and personal activities while maintaining a high level in their professional life.
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If you have always wanted to learn a new language but feel completely overwhelmed by the idea, Dutch is a great place to start. It is the closest relative of English; both are Germanic languages and share many structural and grammar rules. You will have lots of fun learning Dutch, and it is a great way to build your confidence in language learning.
Did you know Dutch is spoken in lands far from the Netherlands, including parts of the Caribbean and South America? For example, in Southern Africa, Dutch is widely understood by Afrikaans people, whose language originates from Dutch. In fact, around 23 million people speak Dutch worldwide, and a further 4 million as their second language.
Don’t let the word intensive put you off. The intensive Dutch language course is a fun and enjoyable process that gives you the chance to learn Dutch quickly. With a CERAN intensive Dutch language course, you will cover a lot of material fast, learning new vocabulary and grammar in a classroom setting. The immersive experience means you use the language immediately in role-play and real-life settings. This approach to language learning means you will remember and recall information quickly and start speaking Dutch more fluently within days.
The intensive and immersive days are spent communicating entirely in Dutch. Enthusiastic and motivational native trainers are always at hand, even during mealtimes, to help you practise and improve.
Whether you are a young learner or an adult, fun is an important factor for learning. The first step to enjoying your course is keeping clear in mind your motivation or reason for learning English in the first place. The English immersion summer camp is a great way to stay motivated and really enjoy the learning process. Remember, learning English is not a chore but can be lots of fun. A summer camp is a truly engaging and enjoyable experience, with constant interaction to keep you interested.
Taking an intensive Dutch language course will give you linguistic skills and set you up to adapt to life in the Netherlands.
Dutch speakers respect direct and straightforward communication. If you are from an English-speaking country, you could easily misinterpret this as rude or aggressive. It’s important not to be overly polite, as this could be interpreted as distrustful. When you learn Dutch, you may also need to learn to be a little more direct. The great thing about communicating with people from the Netherlands is that they usually say what they mean. With this straightforward communication style, you won’t be easily confused.
One of the most appealing aspects of the culture in the Netherlands is its egalitarian society. Everyone is considered equal, and this is reflected in their communication style. A cleaning lady should be treated and spoken to with the same respect as a CEO. This more relaxed approach is also reflected in their indirect and informal way of speaking. Usually, when speaking with colleagues, you use informal language and first names.
In a business setting, you should shake hands with everyone and introduce yourself with your first and last name. Eye contact is also important in a Dutch business setting, and good eye contact will show you are honest and trustworthy. It is also essential to be punctual when attending business meetings in the Netherlands.
CERAN offer language programmes for all ages and language levels. Contact us today to find out more about our intensive Dutch language course, and we will help you hone not just your language skills but also your intercultural skills.
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