“I live abroad, and it was hard to find Dutch courses locally, so lessons via Skype were ideal. The Dutchess helped me prepare for the Dutch citizenship exams. I passed the first time and was able to start the naturalisation process straight away. I’m now a Dutch citizen. The teaching method worked well for me. The books and the online materials are also good. Of course, what you get out of the courses depends on your own motivation and discipline. The interaction with the teacher is really good because lessons are 1-to-1. The Dutchess definitely helped me pass the citizenship exam first time!"
“I managed to pass my citizenship exam the first time, thanks to The Dutchess.”
Rosen C., Zurich, Zwitserland
“I chose to follow a Dutch course with The Dutchess because there are no Dutch teachers where I was living in Estonia. It was really easy learning Dutch via Skype. I told my teacher exactly what I needed to learn, and what wasn’t so important for me. The lessons were tailored completely to my needs. The teacher also had lots of her own ideas to make the lessons more interesting. I would definitely recommend learning Dutch with The Dutchess.” – Hanna is now working as a radiologist in a hospital in Deventer.”
“There are no Dutch teachers in my country, so Skype lessons were perfect.”
Hanna L., Estland arts
"As a salesperson for industrial goods, I travel a lot for my work and spend one week every month in the Netherlands. It was great that I was able to follow the lessons in my office or at home. What I learnt was just what I needed for my work. The lessons were well structured with lots of chances for me to speak. Also, the grammar was exactly what I needed. The best thing was that I could do the lessons anywhere that suited me: at home or in the office I felt at ease and was able to learn better. My confidence increased all the time."
“I travel to the Netherlands for my work. The lessons taught me just what I need.”
Susanne B., Germany Industriekauffrau, Kemira
"Thanks for an enjoyable and useful course! I’m now able to ask questions and answer people when they ask me something. That’s made my life here as a manufacturing engineer much easier now! During the course I had lots of opportunity to speak. I held interesting conversations with my teacher and she corrected my mistakes. There was quite a lot of homework, but it was good. I also found the video exercises useful. The method was good and I can’t think of any disadvantages. The main advantage of The Dutchess is the flexibility: I could do the lessons at home, at work or on my travels."
“The flexibility of the lessons really suited me. And I really enjoyed the course.”
Francesco B., Italy Manufacturing Engineer, Cisco
“I’ve been living in Belgium for some time and wanted to improve my conversational skills as I have a lot of contact with Dutch. The course was tailored to my needs, my level and my speed. I was able to follow the course from home at times that suited me. I was given immediate and personal feedback on my mistakes. I’m definitely more confident speaking Dutch now. In group lessons you don’t get as much opportunity to speak. And if you do get the chance to practice speaking, it’s often with another student. With a course from The Dutchess, you spend much of every lesson speaking. So, it’s easier to improve and to become more confident. The benefits of doing a course with The Dutchess are: you can have the lessons when and where you want; there’s no travel time; if the weather’s bad, you don’t have to leave the house; if you’re away, you can follow the lessons from your hotel room on your laptop. A disadvantage is that you need internet. I thought the method was really good and it worked well for me. I liked the fact that I could set the pace."
“I wanted to improve my conversation skills and the course was tailored to my needs, my level and my speed.”
Julie, Belgium accountant
The Dutchess Language Academy provided an excellent learning environment for my Dutch studies. I set out to achieve a level A2 on the CEFR scale, with only a couple of months to study. I had no knowlegde of the language at the beginning of the learning proces and was able to successfully achieve my goal of passing the A2 exam. The Dutchess Language Academy provided lessons that were flexible to my learning needs throughout the process. I would recommend The Dutchess to anyone who's goal is to learn a language properly and efficiently.
Quinten G., Fontainebleau (Fr.)
“The Dutchess helped me quickly and successfully prepare for the TUL exam. I gained excellent results, including passing 2 exams with full marks. I chose The Dutchess because I wanted to learn Dutch quickly and the course looked professional because it’s CRKBO registered. The information on the website was clear and there were lots of positive references. It was good that you could do a test lesson and that everything can be adjusted to suit the individual needs of each student. There was a lot of homework but the course materials were just right for my level. Some of the exercises in the book took a bit too long because there was a lot of text. And I wasn’t sure they were effective. Otherwise, everything was really good and I’m really pleased everything went so well! Now I’m finally confident speaking Dutch."
“I chose The Dutchess because the course looked professional (CRKBO registered). I was right!”
Miriam B. Germany
“I needed to pass the Dutch national Staatsexamen NT2 Programme II in order to be able to study at university in the Netherlands. The lessons with the Dutchess were ideal because I could study at home, which really saved time. I think there are so many benefits to learning via Skype. You study in the comfort of your own home, there’s no travel and lessons are 1-to-1. It’s a really great system. The exercises are good and you get lots of opportunity to practice speaking during the lessons. I was well-prepared when it came to taking the Staatsexamen and passed without a problem. I’ve also recommended Dutch courses with the Dutchess to others, not least because I really enjoyed working with Nathalie and talking to her. :)"
“Thanks to The Dutchess, I passed the national Staatsexamen and am now studying at a Dutch university.”
Mira D., Waakirchen, Duitsland – Student
"Dutch is rather difficult for me to learn, but my teacher really helps me understand everything. We also have fun in our lessons. I feel at ease and want to learn more."
“I feel at ease in the lessons and my teacher is really helpful.”
Noi P., Bangkok, Thailand
“I’ve got friends in the Netherlands and wanted to be able to communicate with them better. The course was much better than I was expecting. And the lessons of 55 minutes were ideal. I had plenty of time to practice speaking, and I now feel much more confident talking to my friends in Dutch. I work irregular hours, so I couldn’t join a normal course. Following the course via Skype has lots of advantages. Lessons are more intensive that with other courses. The teaching method worked well for me and I also enjoyed the lessons – and even doing my homework! I can’t think of any disadvantages of this way of learning Dutch. And the price was right too."
“Working irregular hours meant I couldn’t join a standard course.”
Thomas B., Duitsland