With similar Germanic origins to English, some Dutch phrases are easily understandable. There's no need for a phrasebook if someone in an Amsterdam nightclub asks you "Wil je met me dansen?"

Around 28 million people speak Dutch: outside of the Netherlands it is most commonly encountered in Belgium and the former Dutch colony of Suriname in South America. In addition, around 15-20 million people in southern Africa speak DutchEnterprisesAfrikaans which is linguistically close enough to its parent language that a working knowledge of Dutch should get you by.

There are excellent employment prospects with Dutch! As recent labour market intelligence by the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) points out, UK industry demand by far exceeds the supply of graduates with Dutch! The Netherlands and Belgium belong to the largest trading partners of both the UK and the US.

Levels offered: Dutch

Beginners (level 1)

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Greeting: "Goedemorgen" (good morning)

Counting: één, twee, drie, vier, vijf...

Useful phrase: "Spring maar achterop!" (literally "jump on behind me") - an invitation to ride on the rear carrier of a bicycle (in Leicestershire parlance: a croggy)

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