Do you speak my language?

The effect of addressing someone in their own language

Why would you learn Dutch if you are in a country where everyone speaks English, even when you, as an international, do your very best to speak Dutch? Well, there is a reason and the impact is great.


Recently, the French President Macron paid a state visit to the Netherlands. A funny situation arose at the state banquet in the Palace on Dam Square, King Willem-Alexander gave a speech in French, while Macron spoke some words of Dutch. Watch the video and the effect when you address someone in their native language.

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What is happening here? You feel surprised, respected and valued when someone speaks to you in your own language. Vice versa, you take a step towards the other person, showing respect in your attempt to speak their language. The result: warmth and pleasure. Of course, you are not a Macron who has a piece of paper with a text that you can read out. How can you manage to have specific language skills ready for specific situations?

Learn what is useful to you with a private tutor

Flowently’s personal approach can help you out. With a private Flowently tutor you will not only learn basic language skills but in a tailor made program you can learn the phrases and vocabulary that you need to get around in daily life. Besides, your tutor can help you find your way in The Netherlands. Read more about the topics we offer for learning a language.
Besides, our sessions are available 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm. Together with your tutor you can book your sessions, live or online, at flexible times.

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Flowently Team

Published by: Flowently

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