FAQ

How do I know which course is right for me?

You can take a look at the level descriptions below to see what you already know. This will give you an idea of which course is best for you. If you have any questions about your level of proficiency in the Dutch language, come to one of our Open Days or call us for a free appointment.

Dutch Experience 1: Absolute beginners. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: A1

In order to join the course of Dutch Experience 1, you need to have a very basic knowledge of Dutch at most. This course level is also accessible if you don’t speak any Dutch yet! You cannot form full sentences yet, and you still need to learn the very basics of Dutch grammar.

After completing Dutch Experience 1 you are able to …
• introduce yourself and others in Dutch
• start a conversation in Dutch
• ask and answer questions about yourself and others, such as where you live, where you are from, people you know
• talk about your favorite movie, book, hobby or food
• describe your family and friends
• make an appointment with a friend
• order something at a bar, restaurant or market
• read and understand a Dutch recipe (for pancakes, for example)
• fill out an official form and write small personal notes
• count and spell in Dutch

After completing Dutch Experience 1 you know …
• how to use the present verb tense In Dutch
• basic vocabulary regarding the following themes: countries, languages, nationalities, restaurants, food, groceries, drinks, family, looks, time, days, months, seasons
• Dutch customs in restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, etc.
After completing Dutch Experience 1 your level of Dutch is A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

 

Dutch Experience 2: Elementary. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: A2-

In order to join the Dutch Experience 2 course, you need to be able to introduce yourself and others in Dutch, as well as ask and answer questions about yourself, such as where you live, people you know, and things you own. You can talk about your family, tell time, make an appointment, and order something at a bar, restaurant, or marketplace. You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases to satisfy concrete needs. Grammatical proficiency: you are comfortable in using only the present tense.

After completing Dutch Experience 2 you are able to …
• go shopping for clothes and ask the shop assistant if you can try something on, ask if the item is available in another size or color, ask if you can exchange an item for another, etc.
• describe your home to others and inquire after other people’s homes
• go house hunting by reading and reacting to housing adverts
• write housing ads
• visit the doctor (GP), explain your physical problems and understand the doctor’s advice
• have your bike repaired at the bicycle repair shop and explain what is wrong with it
• describe your job and education and enquire after other people’s job and education
• congratulate someone on their birthday, their new job, their new home, etc.
• talk about your past, about what you did last weekend, about your last holiday, about when you were a child, etc.

After completing Dutch Experience 2 you know …
• how to use the past verb tenses
• basic vocabulary regarding the following themes: fashion, colors, homes and housing, bikes, the body and physical problems
• Dutch customs about GP consulting, house hunting, bike repair and birthday parties.

Dutch Experience 3: Pre-intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: A2

In order to join the Dutch Experience 3 course, you have to be able to interact in a simple way, provided the other person speaks slowly and clearly, and is prepared to help out. You can participate in basic Dutch conversations while shopping, at home, visiting the doctor, or being helped at the bike shop. You can ask for directions, tell an uncomplicated story, talk about your past and next weekend, and write a simple e-mail and/or letter. Grammatical proficiency: you are comfortable using the past and future tense.

After completing Dutch Experience 3 you are able to …
• ask and tell directions
• politely ask for information
• talk about your plans for the rest of the day, for tomorrow, for the rest of the week and in the far future
• enquire after the other people’s future plans
• express your opinion briefly and enquire after the other people’s opinions
• ask and give advice
• go to the cinema (buy a ticket, understand and give information about the movies)
• travel by public transport (buy a train ticket, understand and give information about travelling by train)
• write a postcard from your holiday address
• make a phone call
• explain a problem to the customer service of a company
• report a crime at the police station
• talk about ‘koetjes en kalfjes’ (=small talk).

After completing Dutch Experience 3 you know…
• how to use more complicated sentences in Dutch (subordinate phrases, using words like because, while, even though, afterwards, as soon as, if, etc.)
• vocabulary regarding the following themes: public transport, maps and directions, landscape, cinema, customer service, holidays
• Dutch customs regarding public transport, small talk and communication by phone

After completing Dutch Experience 3 your level of Dutch is A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Dutch Challenge 1: Intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: A2+

To be able to join the Dutch Challenge 1 course, you need to have already developed a well-rounded basic vocabulary: you can describe what you see, go to the cinema, hold a telephone conversation, and read a simple letter from a public body. You can communicate clearly while performing simple and routine tasks that require a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe aspects of your background, immediate environment, and satisfy your immediate needs in simple terms. Grammatical proficiency: you are starting to use subordinate phrases.

After completing Dutch Challenge 1 you are able to …
• participate in a job interview
• have personal email contact in Dutch
• book a holiday (hotel, apartment, plane tickets, etc.)
• give a short presentation about a concrete, everyday topic
• understand the weather forecast on the radio and tv
• understand the main topics in a tv program
• participate in discussions about topics from everyday life
• express emotions and react appropriately to the other people’s emotions (for example phrases like “I’m sorry, that is such bad news, please know that I’m there for you”, or “That’s wonderful, I am so happy for you!”)

After completing Dutch Challenge 1 you know …
• how to use more complicated sentence structure (for example: “If I had a million euro, I would spend it all in one week.”)
• vocabulary regarding the following themes: job and education, holiday and travel, opinions and reviews, emotions, weather, media
• Dutch customs regarding expressing emotions, having discussions, job interviews.

Dutch Challenge 2: Upper-intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: B1-

In order to join the Dutch Challenge 2 course, you should be able to understand Dutch sentences and frequently-used Dutch expressions related to immediately relevant topics (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You can give a presentation about a hobby or interest. You can present your point of view on a non-complex topic, and can read the newspaper or watch a simple Dutch television show.

After completing Dutch Challenge 2 you are able to …
• participate in a discussion about more complicated topics that are related to your own interests
• understand more complicated texts like research reports or newspaper articles about topics that are related to your own interest, and summarize main points
• understand talk shows on tv and radio about topics that are related to your own interests
• write a piece expressing your opinion about a social or personal topic that is related to your own interests, like education, politics, relationships, etc.
• write a short story in Dutch
• get in contact with people or organizations that take your interest
• make appropriate excuses if you are not interested in someone or something

After completing Dutch Challenge 2 you know …
• the rules for grammatical topics like separable verbs in all tenses, how to use the word ‘er’, how to use sentences like “The man that walks over there is very famous.” or ‘The girl I met yesterday, is going away tomorrow to a country that I have never been to.”
• vocabulary regarding the following themes: education, politics, Dutch habits, relationships, dating.

Dutch Challenge 3: Advanced. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: B1

To join the Dutch Challenge 3 course, you should be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You are able to deal with most situations likely to arise when traveling in an area where the Dutch language is spoken. You can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar to you, or in which you take a personal interest. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions, and briefly, explain your viewpoints and the incentives behind your plans.

After completing Dutch Challenge 3 you are able to …
• express a complaint
• talk about the economy and salaries
• sell and buy goods on sites like Marktplaats.nl (write an ad that promotes the goods you want to sell, react to ads and negotiate about the price)
• politely express you don’t want to talk about something
• understand and discuss statistical information
• understand and participate in discussions about social topics like the economy
• have discussions about art and literature
• review a book, movie or a piece of art
• give a presentation in which you promote a product, a company or an idea

After completing Dutch Challenge 3 you know …
• how to use passive constructions (like “The letter is being read.”, “He has been asked to give a presentation.”, etc.
• vocabulary regarding the following themes: economy and trade, art and literature
• Dutch customs for talking about delicate matters like salary.

After completing Dutch Challenge 3 your level of Dutch is B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Dutch Deli 1: Vantage / Intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch Course: B1+

In order to join the course of Dutch Deli 1, you need to be able to discuss your own and other people’s feelings and relationships, using idiomatic expressions and structures like “He tells many jokes that make her laugh her head off.” You have started to use constructions like “with whom”, “in which” and the magic word ‘er’ in daily life. You can discuss economics, statistics and money matters and you understand newspaper articles in which passive sentences are used. You know some basics about famous Dutch artworks and can give a presentation about your favorite Dutch painting or book.

After completing Dutch Deli 1 you are able to …
• describe a person’s positive characteristics related to situations
• tell people about your hero
• compliment people on their actions/appearance
• react spontaneously in a positive or negative way
• make small talk with colleagues at networking events or congresses
• give your opinion on (unwritten) cultural rules
• express your negative feelings using strong language
• write an application letter
• have a job interview
• discuss social/political issues like gender roles
• use complex idiomatic expressions like ‘te allen tijde’
• understand and participate in a debate about a social/political issue
• write an essay about a statement using ‘structure words’ that help your readers

After completing Dutch Deli 1 you know …
• all about a change in word order when using words like ‘doordat’ as opposed to ‘daardoor’
• all about word order in complex sentences with conjunctions like ‘aangezien’ and ‘tenzij’
• how to use modal verbs in passive sentences
• how to use ‘er’ in (passive) sentences
• how to combine ‘er’ with verbs and prepositions

Dutch Deli 2: Vantage / Upper-Intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch Course: B2-

In order to join the course of Dutch Deli 2, you need to preferably use Dutch on a daily basis. You speak and write Dutch at work, in the street and in your free time. You have taken up using idiomatic expressions to spice up your Dutch and are able to give a presentation and write an essay on a topic of your (work-related) interest.

After completing Dutch Deli 2 you are able to …
• discuss (inter)national cultural differences and integration issues
• understand and describe scientific (statistical) figures
• explain why the Dutch are in two minds about their use of English
• discuss academic statements, using arguments and ‘structure words’
• write a report about a placement/business trip
• write a formal letter of complaint
• elicit your formal complaint in a telephone call
• say what you would do if your situation were different (‘Wat zou je doen als …?’)
• give advice on what somebody should do (‘Als ik jou was, zou ik …’)
• discuss the effectivity of ads and slogans
• give a presentation about a Dutch invention/design object
• read and write a book review

After completing Dutch Deli 2 you know …
• when to use which of the 8 verb tenses in complex sentences
• how to use ‘zou(den)’ for imaginary situations and advising people
• idiomatic expressions like ‘met de deur in huis vallen’
• more spelling rules than most Dutch people do
• the final details about relative pronouns like ‘dat, ‘wat’, ‘die’, ‘op wie’ and ‘waarmee’

Dutch Deli 3: Vantage / Advanced. Proficiency level after completing Dutch Course: B2

In order to join the course of Dutch Deli 3, you need to preferably use Dutch on a daily basis. Sounding more and more like a 9native speaker, you speak and write Dutch at work, in the street and in your free time. You enjoy using idiomatic expressions to spice up your Dutch, can explain why the Dutch do things differently and are able to give a presentation and write an essay on both familiar and new topics.

After completing Dutch Deli 3 you are able to …
• read, understand and discuss all sorts of newspaper articles on a variety of topics
• explain the ins and outs of the Dutch (bicycle) culture to foreigners
• use one or more idiomatic expression(s) in complex sentences like ‘Het baart me zorgen dat fietsende kinderen worden blootgesteld aan onveilige verkeerssituaties.’
• advise people on social / political / personal matters, like a more sustainable lifestyle
• negotiate with various suppliers in order to get the best deal
• debate about a political / news-related topic
• speak, listen to, read and write Dutch at an academic level
• decipher Dutch chat language/abbreviations
• pass Staatsexamen B2

After completing Dutch Deli 3 you know …
• what happens ‘als het kwartje valt’
• the final details about ‘er’, ‘daar’ and ‘hier’ combined with prepositions
• all about separable verbs combined with a preposition and reflexive pronoun, like ‘Ik bereid me er grondig op voor’.

After completing Dutch Deli 3 your level of Dutch is B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

General questions

Where can I buy the books required for the classes?

The books can be purchased at Xantippe Unlimited (Prinsengracht 290), in other book stores in Amsterdam or online. For Dutch Experience 1-3 we use: “Nederlands in Gang: Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleiden” Berna de Boer, Margaret van der Kamp, Birgit Lijmbach ISBN 978 90 469 0225 7 For Dutch Challenge 1-3 we use: “Nederlands in actie: Methode NT2 voor hoogopgeleiden” Berna de Boer, Birgit Lijmbach ISBN 978 90 469 0134 2

Will I get a Certificate?

At the end of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance. The certificate will testify that you have completed the Dutch course (at an attendance of at least 80% of the programme) and have successfully passed the final test. This is not an official language certificate, as only governmental organizations are authorized to issue these.

What if I miss a lesson because of work?

This happens. As most of our students are very busy and travel extensively, they will probably have to miss one or two lessons. Our teachers start each Dutch lesson with a review of what has been addressed in the previous lesson. They also work with PowerPoint, and will make sure any absent students will receive the PowerPoint material of the lesson missed. In addition, you can contact us for private courses in order to recap anything you have missed.

How do I get to Koentact?

Koentact is very easy to reach by trams 7, 10, and 17, as well as by busses 170 and 172. You get off at “Elandsgracht”. From there, it is a 3 minute walk to Elandsgracht 70. The destination will be on the left. If you come by car, there is a parking garage on Nassaukade 300, which is a 5 minute walk from our office.

 

Can Koentact organize a visa for me?

Koentact does not service visa requests, work permits and any other governmental documents.

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Why Koentact?

Koentact offers various semi-intensive Dutch language courses (31 hours in 5 weeks), including two ‘out-of-the-classroom’ sessions with native Dutch speakers. Koentact’s young and energetic teachers focus on a practical approach towards mastering the Dutch language. Located at the heart of the Jordan Area, Koentact is dedicated to connecting expats and locals. In addition to group courses, Koentact also offers specialised private courses completely tailored to the participant’s needs and corporate packages for both the Dutch and English languages. Now that you’re here, feel free to have a look at the rest of our website! ‘You guys make learning Dutch a hobby!’


Why Koentact?

Koentact offers various semi-intensive Dutch language courses (31 hours in 5 weeks), including two ‘out-of-the-classroom’ sessions with native Dutch speakers. Koentact’s young and energetic teachers focus on a practical approach towards mastering the Dutch language. Located at the heart of the Jordan Area, Koentact is dedicated to connecting expats and locals. In addition to group courses, Koentact also offers specialised private courses completely tailored to the participant’s needs and corporate packages for both the Dutch and English languages. Now that you’re here, feel free to have a look at the rest of our website! ‘You guys make learning Dutch a hobby!’