Why you need fun whilst learning Dutch
We all have memories of that one teacher, who always grasped our attention, because he was making jokes, or surprised us. Thus, there was never a dull moment, but real life stories and actions! Do you remember how exciting it was to learn completely new things or new worlds presenting itself to you? Wasn’t it also curiosity, fun and adventure that brought you to a new country with a different culture and language? Why not make learning Dutch be part of the fun-plan as well?
No more boring classroom lessons
Are you one of those adults who spent their school years yawning at the back of the classroom and you expected the same will happen when learning the Dutch language? Are you afraid to end up in a group of language learners who after three weeks are all on different levels? Do you hate the routine of fixed hours and the ‘back-to-school-feeling’, learning things that will not actually help you get around in your new language the next day? Do you strongly dislike wasting your precious time? Well, we completely agree!
What is the effect of fun?
Read here some interesting facts about the effects of fun, gathered by growthengineering.co.uk:
‘Fun has a positive effect on motivation levels, determining what we learn and how much we retain. Learning isn’t a one-off event. It requires repetition and dedication. If the experience is fun, learners will stay curious and keep coming back for more. Learning needs fun, if learning isn’t fun, it won’t be effective. That’s not just a sneaking suspicion – it’s a cold, hard, scientific fact.
- A study in the journal, College Teaching, found that students could recall a statistics
lecture more easily when the lecturer added jokes about relevant topics.
- In her book, Neurologist, Judy Willis showed how fun experiences increase levels
of dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen – all things that promote learning.
- In a study for the Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Michael Tews found that
employees are morelikely to try new things if their work environment is fun.
- Dr Laura Kubansky has undertaken research which demonstrates that fun is good for your health.
- Many influential researchers (Dulay & Burt, 1977; Krashen, 1982) have found
evidence that people learn better when they’re feeling strong positive emotions.’
How Flowently translates fun to success
So, what ingredients does Flowently use to make learning Dutch one of your success-fun stories? First of all, we have no classrooms, but you will meet up with your private tutor in a local café. In a relaxed and realistic environment, over a cup of coffee you will open up your text books and learn Dutch. We focus on practical language skills and useful grammar that you can use right away. For correct pronunciation and to improve speaking skills, we have a special method. Together with your tutor you can line out a customized study program and create your own learning sessions, live or online. No more dull lessons, but learn what makes sense to you and study at your own pace.
Navigate daily life and blend into local culture
It is nice to start in a café, but that is not where the fun ends. Together with your local tutor you can explore the city, visit a street market, shopping mall, museum or just go for a walk, practicing your new language as you go. No doubt your tutor will show you hidden gems and provide relevant information about local culture and customs. Flowently tutors are highly educated locals with a wide variety of professional backgrounds, check it out! You can choose a tutor yourself, based on your criteria or preferences. If it is too challenging for you to choose a tutor yourself? Just contact us and we will be happy to help you. The 200 tutors can be found in 100 cities in The Netherlands and our live and online sessions are available 7 days a week, from 8AM to 10 PM. The Flowently method stands for full engagement, which is the key to fun!
During the lockdown we offer online sessions. For those who prefer to go out, see our topics ‘Walk & Talk’ and ‘Snap the city’ https://flowently.com/sessions/topics/. Put on your facemask, keep 1,5 meter distance when you meet up with your tutor for a long walk and a nice chat. Practice your Dutch skills as you go.