Information About Chris - Rushden teacher - (9 reviews)
This is how 4 referees rated Chris:
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.
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.
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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- University of life (1989) - Living and working in Holland (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Leeds (1988) - Food Science (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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The lessons are always really enjoyable, and Chris always comes prepared with material to and speaking exercises that are challenging and enjoyable and applicable to every situation. If you're stuck on something, he offers learning material for everything.
Chris learnt Dutch himself and has also written books on the Dutch language, so he's incredibly knowledgable about what trips up beginners like myself and has a range of mnemonics to aid learning and is great at giving examples that recontextualise the English phrases as Dutch ones.
Most importantly, the lessons are always fun. Learning the harder grammar concepts doesn't ever feel like a slog. Chris is a great guy. If you're looking to pick up Dutch then I couldn't recommend learning with him highly enough.
Through Chris' help, I have gained so much confidence in speaking the language in conversation and am not as self conscious when speaking to Dutch people I have never met.
The range of materials used to enhance language learning ranged from dvds, Dutch morning chat shows, to short stories and novels to more physically 'going round the room and labelling items'. All homework set is based on activities covered in the lesson prior and tailored to bits that may have been challenging.
Chris is 100% invested in your personal progress, and sometimes I forget that I'm at a lesson and rather having a chat with a friend--his teaching style is so relaxed! He's also been very understanding regarding my irratic work schedule; which has been an absolute blessing!