Dear Dutch Learner,
Last month’s winner of the free Dutch lesson was Bridget Tapper. Gefeliciteerd Bridget! (The
solution was “zie de maan
schijnt door de bomen”.)
Bridget has received her free lesson already:
Last week I met with
Sylvia for my free Dutch lesson which I had won solving her
riddle. In usual Sylvia form it was anything but textbooks and boring
exercises. I live in the middle of the Utrechtse
Heuvelrug (a beautiful bit of forest near Utrecht) so Sylvia
came to my house with Mister so that we could combine the lesson with a
walk in the forest. We focused on word order, especially
when I need to use dat or omdat in a sentence. I am not sure how we ended up
talking about it but we got talking about Boer Zoekt
Vrouw, so the entire exercise involved Sylvia
questioning me on why I liked the program, why the boer
needed a vrouw, why he chose that person etc etc. It was
so much fun and I certainly learnt a lot...although I now think of Boer
Zoekt Vrouw everytime I need to use dat
or omdat in a sentence!!! Thanks Sylvia for
another great learning experience.
PS Something else for your newsletter....recommendation for a great cafe, with sensational coffee,
- Broodnodig on the Mariaplaats
(at the end of the Zadelstraat).
This month, you don’t need to solve a puzzle in
order to win something… You can win
these wooden shoes (size 39) just by sending
me an e-mail why you would like to win (in Dutch, English or German)
I’ll choose a winner
in January ;-)
If you like to use your Dutch over the holidays, I can recommend the Dragon Dictation app (app store, free) for your pronunciation. Read a Dutch sentence out loud and see whether
the app types out the same sentence. Fun to practise your “ui” and “eu” etc.
In case you prefer to practise your spelling, let the computer read a story for you.
Make sure the text is available as well, so you can check your own
spelling. See for example this site.
You can also let Google Translate read a text for you (thanks, Manuel, for
For the loyal die-hards who have read this far, I
have a special offer... €100,- discount for the Total
Immersion 1 course starting January 7th or €50,- discount for the Total
Immersion 2 starting January 22nd. This is to help you with
your New Year’s Resolutions ;-) The
discount code is “SNEEUW”. (Write this on your registration form).
Everyone is welcome to our Coffee Morning to meet other Dutch Learners: January 25th,
10:30-12:00, in my house, €5,- pp.
And if you happen to be a dentist: Theme
Based Immersion (level 1.5-2) for dentists coming soon!
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!