I WISH I HAD KNOW THIS BEFORE (ABOUT LEARNING DUTCH)
Let’s take a look at Miguel who is from a South American country and has been living in the Netherlands for over twenty years. Miguel took learning Dutch very serious and passed all possible Dutch language exams, including the B2 state exam. Bravo! His understanding of Dutch is not only very good but perfect. There is only one problem, the very moment he starts speaking Dutch, people look at him and ask ‘can you please say that in English?’ which is very disconcerting.
This sounds funny, but it’s actually quite a serious matter. In all the language courses Miguel attended, no one ever taught him the importance of correct Dutch pronunciation and how to achieve this. Learning Dutch for him was more a theoretical study in the books instead of practical useful. When Miguel got to know details about ‘the Flowently learning Dutch method’ he cried out ‘ I wish I had known this 20 years ago!’ Just think how different his life could have been, missed career opportunities, his isolation, not being able to take part in society, professionally and socially.
MISSING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Let’s take a look at Carolina. Twelve years ago she fell in love with a Dutch man, got married, moved to the Netherlands and had two sons. Carolina’s husband speaks Spanish fluently now, because at home they speak Spanish. Well done! The children are going to a Dutch school, their Dutch and Spanish are both very good.
ACCOUNTANT SPEAKING LIKE……….
Carolina has been working as an accountant in international companies for all these years, speaking English at work, and is ready for her next career step; to open her own consultancy firm. That means she’ll need to pick up her phone herself, have meetings with clients, write letters and emails, all in Dutch. Her understanding of Dutch is better than perfect, but the moment she starts speaking Dutch, however, it is hard to take her seriously. Besides grammatical mistakes in almost every sentence, her pronunciation is not good (this is an understatement) and will not leave the impression that you are speaking with a professional trustworthy accountant.
LEARNING DUTCH VERSUS UN-LEARNING DUTCH
Un-learning poor language habits is a very difficult and confronting process. You’ll need to go back to the very basics to correct the essentials of Dutch pronunciation and grammar. For some people, this is too hard after all those years, and they give up after some time. It’s sad, to be the outsider who cannot speak Dutch at the family party, while communicating with neighbours or Dutch colleagues. It is hugely frustrating if you cannot live up to your full potential in your new country or be the smart and funny person, you actually are.
LEARN DUTCH IN A REALISTIC AND SOCIAL CONTEXT WITH FLOWENTLY
How to avoid situations that Miguel and Carolina are facing? Contact us and we will tell you more about our special method to improve your conversation skills and get you speaking Dutch like a Dutch person in no time! Don’t learn Dutch the way Caroline and Miguel learned it, use your skills to the fullest extend.