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Price Guide
Beginner £24.00
Intermediate £24.00
Advanced £26.00

Personal Description:

My rate is for 2 x 35 minutes - that allows for a short break.

I am Chris and, as a native English speaker, I specialise in teaching Dutch to other native English speakers. I learned Dutch from scratch myself and I find that my students have the exactly the same challenges I had. I enjoy sharing the methods I used myself to overcome these obstacles - you'll be using some techniques only native English speakers may know about.

I lived and worked in The Netherlands from 1989 to 2006. Today. I work from the UK and provide customer support to clients in The Netherlands.

Because of the pandemic I am only offering online tuition at the moment. It has worked out well, and I think I'll continue to ony offer online lessons in the future.

Teaching Experience:

I learned Dutch from scratch myself and have been teaching via this site and privately since 2015. My knowledge is hands-on, real-world and up-to-date.

Teaching Approach:

My lessons are always 2 x 40 minutes, not 1 x 60 minutes. This gives us room to get at least 1 hour of actual learning in plus anything else we want to do. I do not use a rigid format but I do like to arrange a loose plan with you so we cover listening, talking and grammar in each session.

You, as the student, are central and the pace is up to you.

I concentrate on 2 things: pronunciation and insight. My aim is not to string you along with endless lessons. Instead, you should see our sessions as a way of setting you up to move on, on your own. At a certain point, you will just need to practice. When you are at this stage we can just have chats - at a reduced price.

Most Dutch books and lessons are provided by native Dutch speakers. What I can offer you, as a native English speaker, are the discoveries I made along the way. The English language has some real gems and some great expressions which we can use to learn Dutch. English also has almost all of the sounds of Dutch - but you need to be a native English speaker to know where to find them and how to notice them. I can show you.

Fortunately for NATIVE English speakers, the best little gems are precisely the ones we need to understand some of the most common and important elements of Dutch. There is a Eureka! moment when you "get it" - because English can actually help show us how Dutch is used. This means that you can learn much more quickly.

Books with so-called "pronunciation" examples are often very misleading. Even the best books can get this wrong, unfortunately - I can say this from bitter experience.

I normally use Cisco Webex for online meetings but we can use any software you have, provided I can run it on Windows 10. We'll run two 40-minute meetings, with a break if you want, between sessions. I advise a break of at least 10 minutes.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of life (1989) - Living and working in Holland (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Leeds (1988) - Food Science (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

Tags: Rushden Dutch teacher, Rushden Beginner Dutch teacher, Rushden Intermediate Dutch teacher, Rushden Advanced Dutch teacher