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Learning Dutch

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If you are going to live, study or work in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, it might be interesting for you to learn Dutch. Luckily, there are many different places where you can do so in Groningen. Make sure to have a look at some of the options mentioned below, to find the course with the best price, location and group size for you.


The University of Groningen also offers a free, three-week, introductory course where you can learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch.

The language cafe

Besides these courses, Groningen also offers you a place to practice the languages you are learning. Cafe de las Lenguas organizes meetings in the Harmony building of the University of Groningen. You can choose a language table and start practicing your language by simply talking to others. After a while you can choose to switch tables and talk in a different language for a while.

My local friend

My Local Friend is a volunteer organization in Groningen. They match international residents who are looking to integrate with Groningers, one-to-one, to provide language support for new residents, and to bring old and new Groningers into contact with each other.

FAQ

The University of Groningen regularly hosts a free online Dutch class through Future Learn.

I Am Expat has a good overview of other online Dutch courses.

The Language Centre at the University of Groningen has Dutch classes for every level from beginners to B1.

Once you’ve gotten the hang of Dutch, there are also opportunities to keep your language skills sharp: City Central has Lekker Kletsen classes, and Connect International offers Dutch Conversation Fun.

If you want to learn the Dutch language, there are different types of courses you can take. Make sure to have a look at our Learning Dutch page for an overview of places in Groningen. If you already have basic Dutch skills, you can go to City Central for conversational support and for example sign up for their My Local Friend programme.