Dutch is a west Germanic language spoken by around 22 million people, mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium, but also by smaller groups of speakers in parts of France and several former Dutch colonies. It is closely related to both English and German. Dutch is also the parent language of Afrikaans, one of the official languages of South Africa. Dutch and Afrikaans are to a large extent mutually intelligible, though both have separate spelling standards and dictionaries
One of the major dialect groups of Dutch, Flemish, is spoken in the southwestern part of the Netherlands and in Flanders, the northern half of Belgium. Officially, both Belgium and the Netherlands adhere to Standard Dutch and the difference between both dialects are comparable to the difference between American and British English.
Despite the Netherlands small geographic size, this prosperous country has the 16th largest economy in the world. Its main industrial activities are food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining and electrical machinery. The Dutch rank third worldwide behind the USA and France in terms of the value of their agricultural export. The Netherlands are a founding member of the Euro, which they adopted in 1999.
Flanders, which is the most dynamic region of Belgium, is also strongly export orientated. Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe after Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Flander's main exports are food, iron and steel, finished diamonds, textiles, petroleum products and plastics.
Whether you are learning Dutch for business, leisure or academic purpose, at LSI we will ensure that your Dutch language course is a successful and enjoyable experience:
1. Your current level of Dutch and training requirements will be carefully assessed.
2. Our Dutch tutors, who are all highly-qualified, have many years of experience in teaching Dutch at all levels.
3. Your course will be tailor-made to meet your specific training needs, ensuring that it is relevant, practical, effective and fun.
4. Your Dutch course materials will consist of a combination of relevant up-to-date materials such as books, authentic documents, audio and video recordings.
5. You will be provided with regular reports at the end of each course module.
Corporate In-company Language Training
Our 30 years of experience in providing business language training allows us to meet the particular needs of our clients from all sectors such as charities, financial services, insurance, import export, law, management consultancies, manufacturing industries, market research, oil and gas, building and property development or relocation.
Intensive Language Training
Intensive courses are ideal for people who wish to have a kick start or a refresher course prior to an important business meeting, examinations or a holiday.
Remember that an intensive course needs to be consolidated by regular practise in order to maintain the knowledge you have acquired over a short period of time.
We organise weekly Dutch evening classes in central London for beginners. Beginners group classes cover general topics for those with no prior knowledge of the language such as: greetings and introductions, buying tickets, eating out, shopping, asking for personal information etc. The maximum number of students is 10 per class.