It’s common for foreign nationals to feel overwhelmed by aspects of life in the Netherlands. It takes energy and tenacity to find your feet in a different country and culture and come to terms with a new workplace, home, school or local neighbourhood. For some, it can be hard to imagine grappling with the language as well. You will, however, be pleasantly surprised to learn that so many Dutch people speak English. In the Netherlands, almost everyone can speak it. The Dutch take pride in this, though they may feign modesty when asked about it.
Nevertheless, the Dutch very much appreciate it when you try to communicate in their language. They can see that you are taking their culture seriously and are making an effort. The ability to speak some Dutch also increases employment and study opportunities and can help you connect with the locals and build a life here.
There are many opportunities in Utrecht Region to learn Dutch. Each language school has its own techniques, teaching styles and pricing structure. Some programmes focus on business and tailor-made intensive courses for professionals at all levels. Others offer intensive, semi-intensive and extensive Dutch language courses with additional lessons in Dutch culture and social life. Several institutes are also CEDEO certified for customer satisfaction and quality.