Can We Really Have You Speaking Dutch in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Dutch conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Dutch.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Dutch the way the Dutch do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Dutch
Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, but is also spoken in more than a dozen countries, and by approximately 28 million people around the world. The third largest city in the Netherlands is The Hague which, along with New York and Geneva, is one of the United Nations host cities. It's also the home of the International Court of Justice, making Dutch a prime language to learn for anyone interested in a career in international law.
The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The city offers high-end shopping, gorgeous architecture, must-visit spots like Keukonhof's fields of tulips, the miniature city Madurodam, the Van Gogh museum and the Anne Frank House. Else, enjoy the city by simply walking along the canals. Learn Dutch in preparation for your trip, and you'll gain a much better understanding of the city and its history.
A Gallup World Poll survey named the Netherlands as the happiest country in the world. Aside from pursing a particular career or just vacationing, if you ever decide to live in the Netherlands as a citizen of the country, you will have no choice but to learn Dutch. Immigration laws in the Netherlands require that potential citizens take a Dutch language and culture test. It is necessary to pass the test in order to become a citizen. If you have an interest in moving to the Netherlands, starting your Dutch studies well before you go will help you gain citizenship.
Conversational Dutch vs. Academic Dutch
Dutch is actually quite similar to English, sharing many cognates, thus it is a relatively easy language for English-speakers to learn. That said, the written language presents some difficulties because some Dutch words that look like English words actually have other meanings. For example, the Dutch word boot might make you think of footwear, but it actually means boat. Similarly, hoed has nothing to do with gardening, and is the Dutch word for hat.
That's where the Pimsleur Approach gives you an advantage. There's no need to read or write, or try to figure out which words are the same, and which ones have completely different meanings. All you have to do is listen to the audio lessons, and in no time at all, you'll be speaking and understanding Dutch as it's actually spoken. After all, isn't that why you want to study a new language–to be able to communicate?
A Logical Way to Learn Dutch
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Dutch words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
In addition to the Netherlands and Belgium, Dutch is the official language of Suriname. While it may be surprising to find a country in South America that uses Dutch as its official language, this is due to Dutch colonization of the country in the 17th century CE.
Dutch is not known as Dutch in Belgium, where it is the official language. In that country, the Dutch language is referred to as Flemish.
Dutch is the closest modern language to English. Their many similarities in structure make Dutch one of the easiest languages for English-speakers to learn as a second language.