Magic and the Flowently method
Why learn a language with a personal tutor? Learning a language is a personal process, depending on and influenced by many different aspects; motivation, time, talent and circumstances. When you start a Dutch language course with a small group of six people, after two or three classes, differences in language acquisition start to show and will only increase from there. So, what makes the Flowently method different and efficient? We asked one of our language professionals to dive into this matter. Read Niala Maharaj’s experience and revelation:
‘I wish Flowently was around when I was learning Dutch. Their method focuses precisely on the aspects of the language that caused me trauma when I came to this country.’
‘Take the nightmare called Dutch sentence structure. Normally, you go subject-verb-object, as in English. But once your sentence is longer than four words, you may have to do this weird inversion thingy – flip the words around in a part of the sentence. How do you know which sentences need this flipping flip? Which part of the sentence needs flipping? And where, in God’s name, do extra phrases go?’
‘I always thought learning Dutch sentence structure was like climbing to Machu Picchu. You go through hell but end up in heaven. But now I realize you can avoid the struggle. Flowently advises to take the easy way out. Avoid the struggle by calling on what they call ‘your five friends’. These are 5 tiny words you can use to avoid all this flipping madness. It’s genius!’
How to be polite and sound fluent
‘The entire system of instruction is like this. Flowently has broken down the key elements of the language into simple patterns and tricks you can use to fake it till you make it. You practice a series of ‘magic phrases’ that recur habitually in everyday conversation so you can sound fluent even when your vocabulary is still at the level of pathetic. From the ubiquitous ‘tsjonge jonge’ to the handy ‘mag ik erlangs?’, these clichés can form a skeleton on which you hang your own meanings and purposes.’
‘Their booklet ‘Learn Dutch on the Go’ is a wonderful condensation of basic rules of grammar and a goldmine of linguistic tips and tricks. It includes pronunciation exercises and offers formats for conversation in varying settings, from business meetings to conflict situations to going to the doctor. It even teaches secret phrases to express politeness.’
Speed up your ‘reaction time’
‘With this basis, you proceed to an excellent book called Taaltempo: training in conversational skills, written by Pauline Kuiper-Jong. This takes you, step by step, through the various formats of everyday speech in the form of questions and answers. Once again, my own experience of learning Dutch is what makes me enthusiastic about this book.’
‘In learning a language, the writer says in the blurb, it seems that, even after years of study, learners have difficulty with ‘reaction-time’. The gap between question and answer. I know this problem well. You tend to formulate your sentences based on the conventions in your own language. With these drills, you practice saying things using the correct Dutch phrasing and idiom. I cannot recommend this approach enough.’
The icing on the cake
Thank you very much Niala, for capturing the essence of the Flowently method in a few lines. What can we add more? The well-known ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn’ from Franklin Roosevelt certainly applies to Flowently. Let’s not forget the scientific foundation for the importance of ‘movement’ and ‘fun’ while learning. And last but not least, consider the social value of learning a language with a private teacher in everyday environments. Bye bye, boring classrooms!
Sure, but how come?
The Flowently method is based on 20 years of language teaching experience of founder Anja Vreeburg. The most frequently asked questions of language learners throughout these years, are ‘How will I be able to put into practice what I’ve learned in my language class in real life? How do I overcome shame to speak the new language and manage to blend in socially?’ The Flowently method fills the frustrating gap between theory and practice and makes language learning a personal, efficient and fun adventure. The idea behind Flowently is an old but lively dream of its founder to contribute to transforming education and school systems – that are based on framing and reproduction – into a smart, social, enthusiastic way of learning, our natural status.
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Step 1: Find a tutor that matches your criteria
Flowently sessions are easy to book and you will always find a match with our 200 tutors in 100 places. We focus on social conversation and practical language skills, which you can use right away. Learn to speak like a local!
Go to ‘Find A Tutor’, select your preferences and find a tutor who matches your criteria. You can book sessions with just one tutor or with multiple tutors, as you like. Contact us please, if you need help finding a tutor.
After each session you will receive an email to review your session. We use all feedback to guard quality of our sessions.
Step 2: Book your session
Create your account and buy your Flowently credits to book your session. We kindly ask you to book 48 hours in advance. You can buy a single session or a discount package. All Flowently credits and packages are valid for one year.
Do you want to study with a friend? We offer 50% discount for the second student. The person who will make the bookings needs to register only.
1 hour for 1 person = 1 Flowently credit
1 hour for 2 people = 1,5 Flowently credits (50% discount for your friend)
Step 3: Confirmation booking
Within 48 hours, your tutor will confirm your booking and contact you to discuss details about content, location and exact time for your session. In case the tutor does not contact you within 48 hours, your session will be cancelled automatically and your credits will be refunded. You can now make a new booking with another tutor or contact us and we will help you find a good match.
You can cancel your booking up to 24 hours in advance without any costs. If you cancel later, Flowently will charge the full amount.
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eBook ‘Dutch on the go!’
Check it out! Daily life dialogues, practical language tips, small talk, a poem, a quiz, funny sayings, and an overview of the most important grammar subjects in simple schedules. Start speaking Dutch like a local with the guidance of your Flowently tutor and this booklet.
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