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Workshop Sunday 1 March: – Dutch, a worldly language –

Dutch up on the Dutch language!

In this workshop we’ll discuss facts and oddities of the language that the Nederlanders and the Vlamingen usually speak. Ruud Hisgen wil give an introduction which will be illustrated with short film fragments.

Why do the English call it Dutch and the Dutch themselves Nederlands? What relation is there between Deutsch (German), Dutch, English, Frisian etcetera and how can this benefit our studies? What is the difference between Flemish and other Dutch dialects?

What qualities make Dutch an easy language to learn and which ones make it difficult? What are the oldest Dutch phrases and do they still make sense to us? And can we make any predictions about the future of the language? Which language has the richest vocabulary in the world, English, French or Dutch?

In this workshop we’ll also discuss your experiences with the language.

Agenda Dutch up


Email to register for one or more places. Please be quick, there are limited number of places available!

> What? Dutch up! – Dutch, a worldly language –

> When? Sunday 1 March 2015 from 13.30 – 15.30 hrs

> Where? Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag (Spui 68, third floor)

> Interested? Mail to register (limited)


Dutch up!

For a few years Direct Dutch Institute and The Hague Public Library have been cooperating to help people speak better Dutch. We call our events Dutch up! Because they do just that: they Dutch you up completely!

Dutch up! is a great way to practise speaking Dutch while also learning more about typical Dutch subjects. You have to have at least a basic knowledge of Dutch to be able to fully participate in the workshops (level B1 + ). The entrance is free, registration is required: send an email to

Click here for the Dutch up! agenda for 2015

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