So you want to learn Dutch, do you? Here are some things to keep in mind when you learning Dutch:
Don’t give up and be persistent! One of the things I have noticed with learners of Dutch is that many tend to give up after a local tells them off for their poor ability in the Dutch or simply discourages them from learning it because many Dutch and Flemish speakers can speak English fluently. If you feel a Dutch or Flemish person is close to or already has switched to English, keep speaking Dutch anyway. You may be able to get them to switch back to Dutch but there will be times where they will just keep speaking English even though you have made it clear that you want to practise your Dutch.
Now let’s move on to my collection of resources for you to use for your immersive environment. Unlike languages like German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc where you can find popular movies dubbed into the appropriate languages. Dutch and Flemish do NOT do that. In fact the only thing they will dub into Dutch are children’s shows. Otherwise there will only be Dutch subtitles accompanying the movies which really won’t help your Dutch unless you put it on mute, put a Dutch podcast on in the background and then read the subtitles aloud, I suggest avoiding non-Dutch movies in the long run.
I found all of these off of YouTube but many of them are still popular in the Netherlands and Belgium just keep in mind that there are many Dutch artists who only sing in English and they are also English-versions of Dutch songs too. Avoid them like the plague! We are learning Dutch here not English.
- Arjon Oostrom
- Frank van Etten
- Django Wagner
- Trijntje Oosterhuis
- Jan Smit
- Kenny B
- Universal Music Nederland
- Sony Music Belgium
You can use a site like Let’s Sing it to look up the lyrics and use them as a part of your Dutch learning.
News in Dutch:
Dutch TV and Radio:
There may be geographical blocking for clips with specific copyrights and you may not be able to view it outside of The Netherlands and Belgium.
- VTM (Belgium)
- HBO Nederlands
- MTV Nederlands
- Eén (Belgium)
- Canvas (Belgium)
- Ketnet (Belgium)
Dutch Blogs and Niche Websites:
What I found here are merely examples. So just find blogs on topics that interest you and make sure they are in Dutch!
(Hardcover, paperback, audiobooks, e-Books):
If there is anything that you find ground-breaking and quite useful as a Dutch learning resource feel free to contact me and I will add it here.