Learning Dutch through self-study
The Taalgarage of the Dutch Language House gives you advice on learning Dutch through self-study.
How does the Dutch Language House help with the self-study of Dutch?
Frequently asked questions
The conversation with the Taalgarage
Do you live in Brussels and are you at least 16 years of age? Can you relate to one of the scenarios below?
I want to learn Dutch, but not in a class.
I am enrolled in a Dutch course, but have a specific learning question
My Dutch course does not start for a few weeks or months
Then the Taalgarage is right for you.
Do you live in Antwerp? Then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. That is not necessary. Never visited the Dutch Language House before? In that case, we will create a personal file and assess your language level during the consultation.
Would you like to enrol for a Dutch course, in addition to your self-study? Then please make an appointment here: “I want to enrol for a Dutch course.”
The consultation is free. However, you will need to purchase or borrow your own self-study materials from a Brussels library.
The consultation takes approximately 45 minutes. We listen to your requirements and then give you advice on the most appropriate self-study materials. We also give you tips on creating a self-study plan and information about where you can practice Dutch.
Is this your first appointment with the Dutch Language House? Then we will also create your personal file during the consultation.
What is the difference between an online appointment and a physical appointment at the Dutch Language House?
The Taalgarage has its own collection of self-study materials. You can view this material during a physical appointment at the Dutch Language House. That way you can better determine your preferred learning method. This is the only difference between an online appointment and a physical appointment at the Dutch Language House.
Self-study and learning material
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because of Covid-19, all appointments take place online, via MS Teams. One appointment takes 45 minutes.