Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and is one of three official languages in Belgium, where it is called Flemish.

Spoken by: 27 million
Spoken in: Netherlands, Belgium (Flanders and Brussels), Suriname, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint-Eustatius, Sint-Maarten, French Flanders (France), Lower Rhine (Germany).
Language family: Germanic

Phonology[edit | edit source]

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Common difficulties[edit | edit source]

The Foreign Service Institute has classified Dutch as a "World" language. It is estimated that learning Dutch to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 24 weeks (600 class hours).[1]

Dutch Language Islands[edit | edit source]

Welcome to Dutch Language Islands

(with parallel English translations)

A language island is one or a few short paragraphs about some specific subject in the language you are learning. The objective is to memorise the paragraph(s) to ensure you could speak or write it very well.

These islands are also a good source of Dutch/English parallel text.

Dutch Language Islands

Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning; https://www.state.gov/m/fsi/sls/c78549.htm
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