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Learn Dutch at Language Loop in Chicago!

Running a marathon in Amsterdam. Eating Gouda cheese on a boat. Visiting the beautiful Netherlands countryside. You need to learn Dutch!

Dutch, sometimes called flemish, is the national language of the Netherlands and, with French and German, one of the three official languages of Belgium. Spoken Dutch has many different varieties and is dialectal, but Standard Dutch is used for public and official purposes, with the dialect of the Amsterdam region being the closest to this. Said to be roughly between German and English, Dutch can be an easy language to gain fluency in!

We can create specialized vocabulary curriculum (Hospitality, Health, Business, Law, Construction, Food & Beverage, etc.) to meet specific language needs. Take Dutch lessons at your location or in our office.  And, when the famous Chicago weather allows, we conduct classes on our beautiful roof top.  Language Loop gives you a unique opportunity to learn your new language in a private, professional, and relaxed environment.

Bring your desire to learn Dutch, bring your favorite cup of coffee or tea, and get ready for the Language Loop!

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An Amsterdam River.

 

LANGUAGE LOOPS  DUTCH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

Live Instruction.   Face-to-Face.Dutch lessons for all proficiency levels.  If you have background in Dutch, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.

Are you ready to master Dutch?

INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Dive & Survive in Dutch-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Dutch Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of:

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)

 

 

PRIVATE COURSES

Private Dutch Instruction: These lessons are one-on-one. Students enjoy flexible schedules. Each class meets for a minimum two hours.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Tutoring:  Tutoring includes private lessons and a flexible schedule. Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Dutch language and the student’s needs.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.

 

GROUP CLASSES

Busy Loop Group (2-5 students): These classes meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 8 weeks or students may choose to meet twice a week for 4 weeks to complete 16 hours of instruction.
(Schedule updates)

 

SEMI-PRIVATE COURSES

Semi-Private Dutch Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Corporate Dutch Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  This program offers a flexible schedule. However, there is a minimum of two hours per class. Lessons are completely customized.

Dutch Literature Courses:  Classes are private or in a small class setting.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Dutch.

Cross Cultural Training: Cultural understanding is a key component in today’s global business efforts. Our trainers bring all their experience and knowledge in cultural awareness to ensure success in your company’s assignments abroad. Seminars and training are offered on-site or in our training center.

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Facts about The Netherlands and the Dutch Language:

  • 1.   The Dutch language is used by more than 20 million people including most of Netherlands and parts of Belgium. Some people call the Dutch language as Nederlands or Netherlandic.*
  • 2.  Dutch is a member of the West Germanic family tree, and as such, is a cousin of English and German and a sibling to Afrikaans. Another cousin is Frisian, a regional minority language spoken in the North of the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. Dutch is also related to North Germanic language family members, such as Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. (Source: BBC)
  • 2.  Spoken Dutch is less formal than written Dutch, but the language uses the same Latin alphabet as in English. *
  • 3.  The main and official Dutch language often overrules and replaces the various distinct dialects in Netherlands. Some of the more important dialects used in the country include West Flemish as well as East Flemish, Brabantian and even Limburgish. *
  • 4.  Dutch doesn’t follow conventional usage of masculine and feminine genders like you would see in Romance languages like French as well as Spanish. *
  • 5.  There are several places outside Europe that actually use the Dutch language like Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and Suriname; it’s considered a second language in these places. *
  • 6.  Dutch words can be very long.  “That’s because in Dutch, you can make a new word just by combining nouns endlessly. Examples? Well take chronischevermoeidheidssyndroom (31 letters) (Chronic fatigue syndrome). The English take all the different items apart. Because of the big influence of the English language nowadays, many Dutch people tend to do the same.  We call this ‘the English disease’.  (Source:  What’s up with Amsterdam).

 (* Source: Yahoo Voices)

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