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A-B-Cheese

The Netherlands is famous for its cheeses. You will find cheese shops in every city in the Netherlands, selling many delicious kinds of cheeses. From jonge kaas to oude kaas and from kaas uit Gouda to kaas uit Edam! So, how do you pick the right cheese? Well, it’s a true journey, but here are …

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How to learn Dutch when your office speaks English?

At Koentact we are known for our group courses but we also teach in-company courses at international companies. Learning Dutch whilst working in an English language office can be challenging, but attaining Dutch skills makes life in the Netherlands ever more enjoyable. Our founder Koen was asked for his take on learning Dutch in an …

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In the words of our teachers: Lucy

On Saturday we gathered in Amsterdam Oost for the famous Field Trip – a treasure hunt-like walk that sparks a kind of fanatism that one usually finds in a kid’s eyes. All of my students were already there when I arrived at the meeting point, casually sipping their thee or koffie verkeerd and catching up …

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Teacher workshops

How many teachers have you had in your life that simply told you to open your book at page ‘x’, make exercise ‘y’ and then checked the answers with you? At least one, if not more than one, right? For teachers, it is very easy to fall into the routine of doing things the “simple” …

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What to know about Koningsdag

This Saturday Amsterdam will turn orange. On April 27 we celebrate Koningsdag, the birthday of our king, and there’s no way you will not know about it. Here’s why: A typical activity on Koningsdag is the vrijmarkt (free market), which means that everyone will look for hidden treasures in the attic that will not be …

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“Groeten uit Holland” with Meester Koen

The founder of Koentact, Koen Gijzel, will be featured in the new series of ‘Groeten uit Holland’ (BNN VARA/ NPO2). Meester Koen will teach Dutch to Habiba, Farida, Fatima, Aicha and Khadija, five incredible sweet and outspoken Moroccan ladies. To put the ‘classroom Dutch’ into action, Meester Koen sends the ladies on Koentact-style Field Trips. …

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The first step

On how many occasions in your life did you feel reluctant to take the first step? It might have been asking that colleague out on a date. Or eating a grasshopper for the first time (spoiler alert: tastes like nuts, not like chicken). Going to the gym with your winter chubby-chops. Picking up the phone …

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Video: Amsterdam Language Cafe – Potluck Night

Every month Koentact organizes the Amsterdam Language Cafe (ALC) with a different theme. Last month it was Potluck time! The proceeds from the ALC go to our Kinderproject in West. For an overview of upcoming ALC’s and themes, you can click here.

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Video: Flirting in Dutch

In this video, one of out teachers shows you how to flirt in Dutch. Now that’s an important Dutch skill if ever there was one! 😉 Learn the three important steps required when flirting with the Dutch. How to give compliments using the correct Dutch grammar. The importance of a good openingszin (opening line) and …

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