By R. Rietvink at
Introduction to the Dutch language
Is it possible to learn a language via the internet? You might ask.
Perhaps not, therefor I'll only give an introduction to it.
Before all I'd like to apologize on forehand for my sometimes
bad or even incorrect English (I learned it via the internet :-).
Of course, this is only an attempt, no promises are made that
you will learn anything or will not make a fool of yourself when you try
to order a dust bin with mayo on the side in a restaurant.
Furthermore, it is still under construction, and I take a lot of time between
creating new lessons, cause I have a life besides this, so emailing me about
new lessons is allowed but won't have any impact on the arrival date of future
This introduction is intended for people who can speak and write English
correctly. People who also speak German have a slight advantage when it
comes to grammar and pronunciation. Speaking one of the Scandinavian languages
also helps to cope with some of the difficult sounds in Dutch.
It consists of a (very slowly growing) number of lessons.
A language can be subdivided into the following parts:
Grammer (oops grammar)
Of these grammar is probably the most difficult, closely followed
by pronunciation. You can skip the latter if you only want to read/write
Dutch and not speak it. The vocabulary will just be learning lotsa words and
Bad language is just added for fun and doesn't just consists
of blasphemy, but also other fun and insulting words from the oh so rich
Dutch language (it's an art on it's own!!). (It's just a teaser, since you
will soon find out that only the first lessons have them. Oops, now I've
given it away.)
I suggest you start with lesson #1 (if it's there already),
and make your way down.
For people who just wanna know how to write:
My name is <name>
I'm called <name>
Mijn naam is <name>
Ik heet <name>
Ik ben <name>
Links of interest (hope they are not dead):
The Learn Dutch website is a resource for distance learners
Tutors in your local area