Speaks German, Dutch, French
Awarded After School Marketing Program Scholarship from Chicago Tribune (A-S Marketing)
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Private Dutch Teacher
Have you ever wanted to learn this wonderful and very humoristic language and culture? Be it you're just travelling because someone told you that they're making the best cheese in the world (which is true!) or you're moving there because someone got you a job (lucky you!) or you just want to learn another language because you're curious. Let me warn you: It is not a modification of the German language, even though there's a few words that might look similar at first glance, but they're pronounced completely different! So, a small country with a huge culture! Ik hoop, tot ziens!
Originally born in Germany, Chrissy developed a passion for music, language and teaching early on. Right out of High School she helped her mother, who was an educator at that time, write and stage-manage a children's Musical which found great response from the audience. During her Music studies in
Speaks Dutch, English
Teaching since 1987
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Private Dutch Teacher
Professional musician, engineer, producer, music educator with a lot of experience teaching kids and adults alike. Taught and performed all over Germany, The Netherlands, Belguim, Canada, Great Britain,Portugal, Africa , U.S.A. etc. Still Performing, recording all around the United states.
My daughter has got voice and piano lessons from him. He is amazing!
Speaks German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Hebrew
Teaching since 1998
Teaches students 5 and up
Private Dutch Teacher
I am a native speaker and have taught for more then 15 years.
My lesson are structured, creative and fun.
Hello! I am a capable, creative, fun and dedicated teacher. My background includes experience in developing educational lesson plans and behavior modification plans. Through my work as a teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with students with special needs in middle school as well as i
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About 23 million people in the world speak Dutch as their first language. The vast majority of Dutch speakers live in the Netherlands and Flanders, which is located in northern Belgium. Throughout history, the Netherlands has held colonies across the globe, from South America and the Caribbean to Asia and Africa. As a result, Dutch is spoken in many remarkable places.
Dutch tends to lend and adopt words to and from other languages, so Dutch speakers employ many English phrases, such as “bad hair day” and “out-of-the-box.” There are also more than 1,500 Dutch words that have earned their place in the English dictionary. Connecting the dots between the two languages is one of the most rewarding aspects of learning Dutch as a native English speaker.
It's not just the languag
e that's friendly – the people are, too. Native Dutch speakers tend to be very welcoming of anyone who tries to learn their language, especially since it's not one of the more commonly studied languages.
Why Learn Dutch?
If you're a native English speaker, Dutch is considered one of the easiest languages to learn because its Germanic roots make it very similar to English. Ranked as a “Category I” language by the Foreign Service Institute, Dutch and English share many linguistic, syntactic, and cultural similarities.
English speakers should only require about 24 to 30 weeks (approximately 600 to 750 hours of study) to reach high enough proficiency to communicate clearly in conversation. Students learning Dutch will be able to carry on simple conversations in even less time.
In addition to being a simple language for English speakers to learn, Dutch also shares commonalities with a couple more complex languages. For example, Afrikaans and German have many similarities with Dutch. As a result, learning Dutch first makes it much easier for an English speaker to pick up these additional languages!
Topics You'll Cover in Dutch Lessons
Want to know how to learn Dutch fast? The best way is with a private tutor. In private Dutch lessons, you'll benefit from receiving immediate feedback and having your tutor's undivided attention. You'll overcome challenges more quickly with lessons that motivate and inspire.
When taking private lessons, you'll also enjoy a unique curriculum that has been personalized to your interests, skill level, and age. For example, when a student signs up to learn Dutch for kids, lesson topics differ greatly from those in Dutch classes for adults. Here’s a bit of what you’ll learn at each level, from beginner to advanced.
Sample Curriculum in Dutch Lessons for Beginners
Beginning Dutch lessons are perfect for anyone with little or no previous experience speaking the language. In beginner classes, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of the language and build a strong foundation so that you can gradually advance into more complex communication. Your teacher will likely cover the following topics:
- Proper pronunciation
- Common vocabulary
- Simple phrases
- Greetings and introductions
- Regular verbs, nouns, adjectives, articles, and pronouns
At this stage, it’s essential to keep your motivation levels high. Your teacher will set forth achievable goals that are unique to you, paving a clear path to fluency, which you can work at every day. Remember to stay in touch with what first inspired you to learn Dutch – this will help you stay motivated along the way.
Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Dutch
Intermediate Dutch classes are intended to build upon a student's basic knowledge of the language. These classes introduce more complex concepts and take a student to near-fluency. You’ll also enjoy connecting with other Dutch speakers at this stage, making friendships, and building conversational skills along the way. At this level, your teacher might cover the following topics:
- Irregular verbs
- Complex constructions
- Verb tenses and moods
- Conversation practice
Sample Curriculum for Advanced Dutch Lessons
Students with a thorough grasp of Dutch grammar, syntax, and vocabulary can progress into advanced lessons. At this stage, you’ll study the intricacies of Dutch, expand your vocabulary, and strive for a native accent. Your teacher may cover the following topics:
- Listening comprehension
- Accent reduction
- Advanced reading and writing in Dutch
- Dutch culture and customs
Now that you’re an advanced student of Dutch, the sky’s the limit. Countless personal and professional doors can open once you’ve achieved fluency. Who knows – you may even want to become a Dutch instructor yourself, and help spread the joys of the language throughout the globe!
How to Learn Dutch Fast
If you want to learn to speak Dutch as quickly and efficiently as possible, you'll need to find the right teacher. A simple search here at TakeLessons will reveal a long list of teachers who offer Dutch language classes near you. Our tutors are highly rated, have years of experience, and provide lessons to students of all ages.
Before selecting a teacher, we recommend browsing their profiles and reading through the reviews left by other students. It's also important to choose a tutor with experience in your area of interest.
For example, if you want to learn Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect spoken in Pennsylvania, be sure your tutor is fluent in that dialect. If, however, you're interested in learning for travel, look for a teacher who's familiar with the dialect in your Dutch-speaking destination. Feel free to send a private message to a prospective teacher before booking your first lesson!
Looking for an added level of convenience? You can learn Dutch online! TakeLessons makes it easy to connect with a world-class instructor, no matter where they are. From the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy greater scheduling flexibility along with a level of personalized instruction that pre-recorded videos can’t match.
Your private tutor will customize lessons to help you meet your language goals — whether they be navigating an upcoming vacation or conducting an international business meeting. Whatever your reason for learning Dutch, you'll be speaking and conversing with confidence after just a few lessons!