Dutch reading club
Read a book and discuss it in group, practice your Dutch and set goals together! One meeting per month at the first Tuesday of the month.
Carmen BulzStructured course A2
If you want to improve your Dutch, if you want to have fun learning Dutch, then I really recommend conversation course A2. The topics are interesting, and these conversations are a great way to break the ice! It's the perfect opportunity to express yourself, learn new things, all under the guidance of Ida, who patiently and tactfully helps you navigate this journey.
R.MartinsStructured course A1/A2
-Ida is een geweldige docent, ik heb veel geleerd en ik ben blij dat ik aan de cursus heb deelgenomen.
Ranbir SinhaConversation course A2
Ik vond de cursus "conversation course A2" prima. Het thema gebruikt een goed vocabulaire, waarvan ik veel heb geleerd. De grammaticatips hebben me geholpen om mijn Nederlands te verbeteren. Ik raad deze cursus aan aan mensen die hun spreekvaardigheid willen verbeteren.
Philip RobinsonStructured course A1/A2
The twelve-week course was extremely helpful. Ida creates an encouraging atmosphere and is a patient teacher. The lessons had a balance between grammar from the text book and free conversation and by the end of the course we were able to be more spontaneous with this. I now feel much more confident about speaking in Dutch and may well go back to The Dutch Online Academy for more tuition in the future.'
H. OzalpStructured course A1/A2
I found the structured group lesson A1/A2 course with Ida very helpful and clearly more personalized than large class lessons I took elsewhere. I have been able to improve my Dutch thanks to the long conversation time that each participant had, and Ida was great as a teacher. In the future, I would definitely consider taking courses for further levels and also recommend my friends to take courses from her!
Ik ben altijd al een taalfanaat geweest. Nadat ik bijna 3 maanden alleen Nederlands studeerde, was het tijd om een leraar te vinden om sneller vooruitgang te boeken. En zo vond ik Ida. Haar lessen zijn goed gestructureerd en toch flexibel. Ze hielp me om mijn zwakke punten in de grammatica te verbeteren zonder het ritme van onze dialogen te verliezen. Ida’s belangstelling voor verschillende onderwerpen en haar enthousiasme maakte het hele proces leuk en interessant. Ook lette ze op mijn uitspraak. Dit is in het Nederlands niet altijd makkelijk en als je niet constant gecorrigeerd wordt dan loop je het risico om op de lange termijn altijd dezelfde fouten te maken. Als ik zulke leraren had gehad voor de anderen talen die ik nu spreek zou ik mezelf door de jaren heen veel tijd hebben bespaart! Ik beveel Ida ten zeerste aan als lerares Nederlands.
Get motivated to read in Dutch by participating in our Book Club!
Read a book (see below) written for A2/B1 level.
Give your opinion about the storyline and the characters in the book.
Check if others share your opinion.
Would you recommend the book to others (and why)?
Guided by a professional Dutch teacher.
Pick up lots of new vocabulary while reading and during the meeting
Note that it is necessary to purchase the book: In August we will read De Biecht. Make sure you buy the right version: Leeslicht. And read it before we meet. In September we will read Niks. Also available in e-book version.
UPDATE: To make sure that there is enough space for everyone, we start a brand new extra book club in August (Sunday 1st: 18:00 - 19:00). This way you can choose which book you read and the max. of 8 people will not be exceeded. The first book we will read is Het Diner. You can buy the book here. Make sure you buy the right version: with "leeslicht" on the cover. And read it before we meet.
Meetings will be on Zoom with groups of maximum 8 people (min 4).
Aug 1st - Het Diner (18:00 - 19:00)Starting on: Sunday, August 1stPrice: 7.5€
Niks - 7 september 19:00 - 20:00Starting on: Tuesday, September 7thPrice: 7.5€
6 juli (18:00 - 19:00) - SchoklandStarting on: Tuesday, July 6thPrice: 7.5€
3 augustus (18:00 - 19:00) - De biechtStarting on: Tuesday, August 3rdPrice: 7.5€
1st of June (19:15 - 20:15) - Is er hoopStarting on: Tuesday, June 1stPrice: 7.5€
Frequently asked questions
How do the lessons work?+Each day we have a lesson (you will see it depending on the group you join) you will receive a Zoom link 30 mins before the lesson. When you click the link you will join a zoom call with your teacher and colleagues to have your lesson!
Can I pay by transfer?+Yes. Just select the group you want and click the write an email to join button and we will give you more details!
Is it possible to receive an invoice?+Yes. We are a registered Dutch business and provide invoices.
Can you tell me a bit more about yourself?+I am a professional Dutch teacher, living in Amsterdam. I used to teach Dutch at a school in the Netherlands, but I moved to Spain in 2017 (and back to Amsterdam in 2020), which made me explore the possibilities to teach Dutch offline and online. I have given over 2500 online Dutch lessons. I am still learning Spanish myself and I know the process is long and difficult at times, but I enjoy the little moments of success. The feeling that conversations get more and more natural is really rewarding. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, spending time with family and friends and cooking (+ eating ;).
I don't know what I need to work on. Is that a problem?+Absolutely not. In private lessons I will quickly get an idea of your needs and will share my opinion with you, giving you clear tips to get your Dutch to the next level. In conversation lessons, you will get lots of opportunities to practice your speaking skills. In the structured group lessons I will make sure every student gets the support he or she needs and I will give you personal feedback outside the lessons too.
I want to combine our lessons with self study, is that possible?+Of course. Especially private lessons and structured group lessons go well with self study. Homework is included in packages and it will be completely tailored to your needs. In the structured group lessons, we will work with a book. Certain exercises are perfect for self-study. I will indicate which ones and give feedback and support, also outside the lessons.
I am not sure about my level. What do I do?+If you have followed Dutch courses before, you can start where you left off. So if you, for example, passed an A2 exam, you can move on working from A2 to B1. You can always send an email if you are in doubt. I will then help you decide which course fits you best. For private lessons, your level doesn’t matter. I will always tailor the material to your needs, whether you are a beginner or working towards C1.
Do you have any other doubt?+Do not hesitate in contacting us in the bottom link at this page to write us an email with whatever doubt you may have, we will be delighted to respond as fast as we can.