Learn Dutch

The 'Learn Dutch' program at 't Klokhuis
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The following information has been provided by the Nederlandse Taalunie

Dutch, a language with 23 million speakers
Language and language tools
The different levels

 

                              The 'Learn Dutch' program at 't Klokhuis

't Klokhuis is offering Dutch classes for Adults. We will provide you with a fully comprehensive grounding in the Dutch language, enabling you to understand, speak and read with confidence, in a comfortable class setting. See the different levels above.

We use the method Vanzelfsprekend and Niet Vanzelfsprekend - written by one of our Flemish teachers.

If you start in Basic 1, the cost of materials is $125 for the text book, workbook (Vanzelfsprekend) and access to movies on youtube and soundtracks. Your teacher will provide you with the specific link.
If you start in Intermediate, the cost of materials is $125 for the text book, workbook (Niet-Vanzelfsprekend) and access to movies on youtube and soundtracks.

For any further questions, please email Liselore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

ERK A1 - Gillette location, New Jersey
Basic 1: 15 weeks, Tuesdays 7.00-9.00 pm
$550 plus $125 cost of materials (books Vanzelfsprekend) + $15 administrative costs
Fall Classes: Dates: 2017 - Sept 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, (no class Oct 31); Nov 7, 14, 21, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19; 2018 - January 9 and 16

Basic 2*: 15 weeks, Tuesdays 7.00-9.00 pm
$550 (bring your books Vanzelfsprekend)
Spring Classes: Dates: 2018 - Jan 30; Feb 6, 13, (no class Feb 20), 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27; (no class Apr 3), 10, 17, 24, May 1, May 8, 15 and 22

*At the end of the Basic 2 class, students are ready to take the Inburgeringsexamen (intergration examination for immigrants from outstide the EU)

ERK A1 - Upperwest location, Manhattan
Basic 1: 15 weeks, Mondays 7.00-9.00 pm
$550 plus $125 cost of materials (bring your books Vanzelfsprekend) + $15 administrative costs

Basic 2*: 15 weeks, Mondays 7.00-9.00 pm
$550 (bring your books Vanzelfsprekend)

Fall Classes: Dates: 2017 - Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, (no class Oct 9), 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18; 2018 - January 8 and 15

Spring Classes: Dates: 2018 - Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, (no class Feb 19), 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; (no class Apr 2), 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 and 21

*At the end of the Basic 2 class, students are ready to take the Inburgeringsexamen (intergration examination for immigrants from outstide the EU)

ERK A2
Basic Advanced*: 15 weeks of 2 hours,  7.00-9.00 pm
$550 plus $125 cost of materials (books Vanzelfsprekend)  + $15 administrative costs

Fall Classes: Dates: 2017 - Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, (no class Oct 9), 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18; 2018 - January 8 and 15

Spring Classes: Dates: 2018 - Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, (no class Feb 19), 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; (no class Apr 2), 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 and 21

*At the end of the Basic Advanced class, the student can take the Profile tourist and informal language proficiency Test from CNAVT. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

ERK B1
Intermediate* 1: 30 weeks of 2 hours, Mondays 7.00-9.00 pm
$1100 plus $125 cost of materials (books Niet-Vanzelfsprekend)  + $15 administrative costs

Full Year Classes:
Dates: 
2017 - Sept 18, 25; Oct 2, (no class Oct 9), 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18; 2018 - January 8 and 15,
2018 - Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, (no class Feb 19), 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; (no class Apr 2), 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 and 21

Intermediate 2: 30 weeks of 2 hours - if interested, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*At the end of the Intermediate 1 class, the student can take the Profile societal language proficiency Test from CNAVT


Location of Basic 1 class New Jersey
Meyersville Presbyterian Church
223 Hickory Tavern Road
Gillette, NJ

Location of all classes
West End Collegiate Church
245 West 77th Street (corner West End Avenue)
New York, NY

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                             Dutch, a language with 23 million speakers

Like English and German, Dutch is a Germanic language. It is spoken by 23 million people and is one of the 23 official languages of the European Union.

Within Europe, Dutch is an official language in the Netherlands and Belgium (where it is spoken in the region of Flanders). In South America Dutch is an official language in Suriname, as well as on the Caribbean Islands of Aruba, Curaçao and St Martin.

Dutch speaking countries

In 1980 the Netherlands and Flanders signed the Verdrag inzake de Nederlandse Taalunie (Treaty concerning the Dutch Language Union). The Treaty stipulates that the governments will set joint policy with respect to the Dutch language. In 2004 Suriname joined as an associate member. In addition, the Nederlandse Taalunie also collaborates with Aruba, Curaçao and St Martin. The Taalunie is a unique organisation. Nowhere else in the world does such a treaty exist between countries with the same language.

 

                             Language and language tools


The Nederlandse Taalunie works in the interest of everyone using or learning Dutch. It ensures that the Dutch language is well described and that the grammar rules are easily accessible. This is a prerequisite for good education and linguistic advice.

Language advice
The Taalunie ensures that the grammar rules are easily accessible for the language user and provides reliable Taaladvies (linguistic advice) via its website Taalunieversum. A commission of language experts meets regularly to formulate answers to frequently occurring questions.

Spelling
The Taalunie is responsible for the official Dutch spelling. This is laid down in the Woordenlijst Nederlandse Taal (Dutch Language Wordlist). Every ten years the Woordenlijst is updated with new words.

Words
The Taalunie looks after Dutch words past and present. The Instituut voor de Nederlandse Lexicologie (Institute for Dutch Lexicology) in Leiden is the major partner in this. Its website contains all kinds of information on Dutch words, including pre-mediaeval words. The most important work of reference is the Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (The Dictionary of the Dutch Language), the largest dictionary in the world;it contains over 430,000 entries for Dutch words from 1500 to 1921.

Grammar
The official grammar of the Dutch language is set out in the Algemene Nederlandse Spraakkunst (ANS) (General Dutch Grammar), a handbook produced with the support of the Taalunie. The electronic version is available free of charge at http://ans.ruhosting.nl/e-ans.

 

                             The different levels

 

Level groupLevel group nameLevelLevel nameDescription
A BASIC USER A1 Breakthrough or beginner - Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
- Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Way stage or elementary - Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
- Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
- Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B INDEPENDENT USER B1 Threshold or intermediate - Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
- Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
- Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate - Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
- Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C PROFICIENT USER C1 Effective operational proficiency or advanced - Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
- Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
- Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Mastery or proficiency - Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
- Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
- Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.