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Saturday 2 July is Spreek Nederlands Dag!


On Saturday 2 July 2016 we will be organising the third edition of ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’!




On ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag 2016’ we will ‘fight’ for our right to speak Dutch in public! It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, or if you have a thick accent! Wij willen Nederlands spreken! Dutch people do appreciate your effort to learn Dutch. They are just unaware. They think they are helping you out by speaking English. We will remind them that you do want to speak Dutch!

Join us on Saturday 2 July in Central Library The Hague. We will start with a free speed masterclass (to refresh your Dutch speaking skills). After that we will split up in small groups and go into the center of The Hague. Our goal is to speak Dutch as much as possible. With each other and with the waiters in a cafe or restaurant. Of course there will be Dutch speaking volunteers to guide you! And we’ll keep score: is the waiter patient enough, do they continue to speak Dutch with you, even when they’re busy? At the end of the day we will hand out a trophy to the cafe or restaurant which showed the most patience.

Do you want to participate? Wil je meedoen? Great! Register now, for free, by sending an email to You can also guide one of the groups, if you speak Dutch at level B2+.


Programme Spreek Nederlands Dag 2016
Saturday 2 July, Central Library The Hague (Spui 68, Den Haag)

Opening speech by alderman for Knowledge economy, International affairs, Youth and Education, Ingrid van Engelshoven
12:00 – 12:30
Speed masterclass Dutch by Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute)
13:00 – 14:30
Groups go into center of The Hague (guided)
Winning cafe or restaurant is announced

We are hoping you will join us (again)! We hopen dat je (weer) meedoet!



Embrace your inner superhero and give resistance to fear of failure! Wear our ‘Spreek Nederlands! Met Mij!’ button for some extra superhero attitude. Order it for free by sending an email to, don’t forget to include your adress.


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Direct Dutch Institute organises ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’ in cooperation with The Hague Public Library, The British school in The Hague, De Taalunie and several other partners. ‘Spreek Nederlands Dag’ is intended for expats who want to speak Dutch in public more often. International people often don’t get enough opportunity to practise their Dutch. Frequently they get an English reply when they attempt to speak it. Even international children encounter this problem. Read more about Spreek Nederlands Dag 2015.