Dutch Challenge 1: Intermediate. Proficiency level after completing Dutch course: B1-

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, and 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 …

  • have deeper personal conversations about people’s interests and background
  • have a personal email contact in Dutch
  • book a holiday (hotel, apartment, plane tickets, etc.)
  • survive in a dutch airport
  • understand the weather forecast on the radio and tv
  • be polite in asking questions
  • discuss food, health, and lifestyle
  • have conversations about traditions and cultures

After completing Dutch Challenge 1 you know …
how to use more complicated sentence structures (for example: “If I had a million euros, I would spend it all in one week.”), the use of om+te, indirect speech (formal questioning), and more uses of ‘zouden’
vocabulary regarding the following themes: your identity, personal information, health, lifestyle, food, traditions, culture, and traveling

The chapters that are covered in this course are ‘Nederlands in Actie’ chapters 1 through 4 (up to page 135). Edition 4 – 2022.

After completing Dutch Challenge 1 your level of Dutch is B1- according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).