Language offers in Limburg
To help you settle into your new life more easily, to feel at home in Belgium, to have a conversation with your neighbours or to have an advantage in the jobmarket – enough reasons to learn the Dutch language! Belgium has three official national languages: French, German and Dutch. In the province of Limburg, most people speak Dutch. Worldwide, there are 24 million people in Belgium, the Netherlands and Suriname who speak this language.
If you are over the age of 15 and need some help in finding out the best way to learn the language, you can find all the information on the website of the Federation of Integration. After assessing your current language knowledge, they will advice the best language courses for you. The elementary level Dutch language class is usually free of charge to people who are enrolled in the integration program ('inburgeringstraject') of the Federation of Integration.
Dutch courses in group
For those people who like to take Dutch language classes in group, there are many governmental funded schools in Limburg offering affordable courses to non-native speakers. Examples are PCVO Limburg, CVO Cursa and CVO Qrios.
Language courses at your own pace
For those people who would like to learn Dutch individually and at their own pace, there are some helpful tools. Different cities are organising weekly gatherings of non-native speakers who discover the Dutch language together. More info can be found on ‘Nederlands oefenen’. Reading is another fast way to increase vocabulary, no matter in what language. The website of Wablieft gives an overview of simple Dutch books for non-native speakers, written by Flemish authors. Not only reading, but also listing to a language helps greatly to assimiliate the new grammar. Tips for some audiobooks are given on the website of Luisterpunt De Bib.
Another possibility to discover our language at your own tempo is practicing online. Discovering our language at your own tempo is simple on the website of Nedbox. Whereas websites like Nedbox help you to learn Dutch in a fun way through TV clips and newspaper articles, woordenlijst.org can help you to find the correct spelling of a word. More about verbs and grammar can also be found on the website op spelling.nl.
Another highly recommended online module is CommArt. This website offers interactive modules with integrated multimedia tools like authentic dialogues (sometimes even with regional accents). On top of that, it incorporates intercultural elements and you receive feedback through theory pages and scoring for every exercise.
Last but not least, if you have children, the App Emma is a fun and playful app to teach children from 2 to 7 Dutch.