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 Afrikaans which is linguistically close enough to its parent language that a working knowledge of Dutch should get you by.
Levels offered: Dutch
Beginners (level 1)
You have little or no prior knowledge of Dutch.
Post-beginners (level 2)
You can manage in everyday situations using the present tense.
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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)