Learning Dutch through self-study

The Dutch Language House gives you advice on learning Dutch through self-study.

Do you know little or no Dutch? Then register for one of our group sessions.

Do you already know a little (or a lot) of Dutch? Make an appointment for tailor-made advice and information. 

Make an appointment

It is really personalized and it was nice that someone took the time to explain everything to me personally. Also, a wide range of possibilities was covered which I find very useful.

- Jennifer

How does the Dutch Language House help with the self-study of Dutch? 

An appointment online or in the Dutch Language House

Make an appointment and we will give you advice on how to learn Dutch on your own. We will discuss what you want to achieve by learning Dutch and give you tailored information.

Customised material for learning Dutch through self-study

We will help you to find the material you need for learning Dutch through self-study: grammar, listening and writing exercises, etc. We also give advice on business Dutch or specific vocabulary for your profession.

Tips for practising Dutch in Brussels

You also want to apply in a real conversation what you learn on your own. We give you tips on where and how to practise Dutch in Brussels.

Frequently asked questions

The appointment

Is self-study for me?

Do you live in Brussels and are you 16 years old or older? Do you recognize yourself in one of the following situations?

  • I want to learn Dutch but not in a classroom.
  • I am taking a Dutch language course and have a specific learning request.
  • My Dutch courses will only start in a few weeks or months.

In that case, we can help you.

If you live in Antwerp, please contact us at taalgarage@​antwerpen.​be.

Do I have to be registered with the Huis van het Nederlands?

This is not necessary. If you have never been to the House of Dutch before, we will create your file and assess your language level during the interview.

Would you also like to enrol in a Dutch language course in addition to your self-study? Make an appointment here: Click on I want to register for a course”.

Can I also get advice by e-mail?

No. During a personal meeting we get to know you better. That is why we invite you to make an appointment. This allows us to determine together which self-study material is best for you.

The appointment can take place at het Huis van het Nederlands or online.

How much does this advice cost?

Our advice is free. As far as self-study material is concerned, you have to buy it yourself or borrow it from a Brussels library.

How long does the interview last?

An interview lasts about 45 minutes. We listen to your needs and then give you advice on self-study material. We also advise you on planning and where you can practice Dutch.

If this is your first appointment at Huis van het Nederlands, we also take the time to create your file during the interview.

What is the difference between an online appointment and an appointment at Huis van het Nederlands?

We have a collection of self-study material. When you come to the House of Dutch, you can consult this material. This will help you to decide whether a method is suitable for you or not. There is no difference between an online interview and an interview at Huis van het Nederlands.

What is the difference between an individual counselling session and an information session for beginners?

For people who have no basic knowledge of Dutch, we organise an online information session twice a month. Once in French and once in English. During the information session we tell you which self-study material is suitable for beginners, where you can buy and borrow material and how you can plan your self-study. We also send you help files that can assist you in your self-study. After two months we invite you to a question and answer session where you can ask your personal questions. Take a look at our activity calendar to know the dates of the following information sessions.

If you already have a basic knowledge of Dutch, you can make an individual appointment for a consultation.

Self-study and learning material

Can I buy learning materials?

No, we do not sell learning materials. However, we do provide you with information on purchasing or borrowing the necessary learning materials from a Brussels library.

Do you provide guidance on my Dutch self-study course?

No, we do not provide guidance on your self-study course. But we do furnish you with all the necessary self-study tools during your consultation. Have you already had a consultation but still have questions? Then please send us an email and we will provide further assistance.

Can I take an exam or obtain a certificate for my self-study?

No. We explain how and where you can test your language level during your self-study course. You can, however, take certain tests at the Dutch Language House.

Can I make another visit, following my appointment?

You are always welcome to make a second or even third visit. You will likely have new questions as your language level improves. So, please feel free to make a new appointment. We are always happy to assist.

Can I improve my language level through self-study?

Yes, providing you are disciplined and work hard on your self-study on a daily basis. Would you like to enrol for a higher level Dutch course after completing your current one? Then you will need to take a Dutch Language House test to ensure that you choose the right course.