Lessons run privately in Camberwell.

well-resourced group lessons run privately for varying levels of proficiency in Dutch, held evenings throughout the week in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell.
Call: (03) Renée Feikema 9889 4233
email: papagena@aapt.net.au

Centre for Adult Education (CAE) in Melbourne

Centre for Adult Education (CAE) - short courses, typically at beginner or basic level, held in the evening in Melbourne, city location.
Call: (03) 9652 0611
email: enquiries@cae.edu.au
website: www.cae.edu.au

Dutch Connection Australia in Carnegie

small group classes (4-6 participants) with a conversational focus are held at beginner and intermediate levels on Thursday evenings, 4 terms of 8 lessons, at the Abel Tasman Club in Carnegie, organised by Dutch Connection Australia.
email: dutchconnectionaustralia@gmail.com
website: www.dutchconnection.com.au

Native Dutch speaker available for conversation skills (any level)

Based in Melbourne - Dutch PhD-student available for private tutoring/conversation skills. No courses, but informal one-on-one teaching based on your level, available time and personal wishes.
Call: Matthijs 0415 141 868
Email: matthijsvanoostrum@gmail.com

One-on-one tuition in Black Rock

one-on-one tuition, daytime or evening, in the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock, using the text Colloquial Dutch by Bruce Donaldson.
Call: Carole Overmaat 0437 757 393
email: dutchtv@live.com.au
website: www.dutchtvonline.com

Language Matters

Language Matters provides language services in a range of European languages, including Dutch. Lessons at mutually convenient locations such as a local library or community centre and house-visits can be arranged on request.
Call: (03) 9699 1426
email: info@language-matters.com.au
website: www.language-matters.com.au

Victorian School of Languages in Box Hill

Victorian School of Languages (VSL) teaches Dutch at both primary and secondary level - up to and including year 12 (VCE) - on Saturdays at Box Hill Secondary School, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. This is the only place in Australia where a government department of education still teaches Dutch language.
Call the VSL head office: (03) 9474 0500
email: vsl@vsl.vic.edu.au
website: www.vsl.vic.edu.au

De Leesplank in Brighton, Beaumaris and Frankston South

De Leesplank is a private school running classes in various locations in the south-east Melbourne metropolitan area (Brighton, Beaumaris, Frankston South). With a focus on providing tuition in Dutch language using the same educational resources that are used in the Netherlands, this school is uniquely valuable for the children of Dutch-speaking expats who plan to return to the Netherlands, as well as providing continuity of context for those families who will be based long-term here in Australia.
Call: Alieska Manintveld 0401.609.633 or Petra Okhuizen 0400.997.520
email: info@deleesplank.com
website: www.deleesplank.com

Lessons run privately in Camberwell.

As a well-equipped and experienced teacher of many years standing, Renée Feikema is also available to tutor students of the subject Dutch Language and Literature who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme in 2016/17.
Call: (03) 9889 4233
email: papagena@aapt.net.au

Juf Simone - Nederlands in Melbourne

Are you or your partner Dutch? Do you want your children to be fluent in both Dutch and English? Is it hard to find the time to practice, let alone go to Dutch classes? Let me come to you for an hour or two each week and help out, mainly with understanding and speaking but also reading and writing Dutch - for both children and adults. Een uitkomst voor Nederlands sprekende gezinnen die zich hebben gevestigd in Melbourne, ik zorg ervoor dat het Nederlands binnen uw gezin actief wordt gebruikt.
Call: 0455 021 222
email: Jufsimone@outlook.com
website: www.jufsimone.com

De Leesplank in Brighton, Beaumaris and Frankston South

De Leesplank is a private school running classes in various locations in the south-east Melbourne metropolitan area (Brighton, Beaumaris, Frankston South). With a focus on providing tuition in Dutch language using the same educational resources that are used in the Netherlands, this school is uniquely valuable for the children of Dutch-speaking expats who plan to return to the Netherlands, as well as providing continuity of context for those families who will be based long-term here in Australia.
Call: Alieska Manintveld 0401.609.633 or Petra Okhuizen 0400.997.520
email: info@deleesplank.com
website: www.deleesplank.com

In N.S.W., if there are enough students enrolling for 2015, the Saturday Morning School in Sydney will run classes, and otherwise there are accredited private tutors who can teach interested students, or those students could access the VSL (Victorian School of Languages) distance education (see Victoria).

Centre for Continuing Education, Australian National University

Beginning Dutch 1, teaching basic conversation for everyday situations.
New course of 10 sessions starting October 11, 2016

Beginning Dutch 2, a continuing class for those who have completed Dutch 1 or who already have a basic knowledge of Dutch language.
10 sessions starting October 12, 2016

Beginning Dutch 3, a continuing class for those who have completed Dutch 2 or who already have a basic knowledge of Dutch language.
10 sessions starting October 12, 2016

Conversational Dutch, to further develop conversational skills through speaking and listening activities.
New course of 10 sessions starting October 11, 2016

website: www.anu.edu.au/cce/languages/dutch

Abeltje, Dutch School Canberra

Dutch for primary school-aged children - divided into pre-school, junior and senior primary levels - in line with the curriculum of the Netherlands. With the generous support of the ACT Multicultural Office, has a quality collection of language resources.
Contact: Trudy Noordkamp
email: canberradutchschool@gmail.com
website: www.abeltje.com.au

Abeltje, Dutch School Canberra

Dutch for primary school-aged children - divided into pre-school, junior and senior primary levels - in line with the curriculum of the Netherlands. With the generous support of the ACT Multicultural Office, has a quality collection of language resources.
Contact: Trudy Noordkamp
email: canberradutchschool@gmail.com
website: www.abeltje.com.au

In Western Australia, LanguageOne Perth provides Dutch Language education and is open for Dutch students from 3 to 18 years who live in Perth and Karratha..

Website LanguageOne Perth
Contact Ionica Lub
Email ionica.lub@languageone.nl
Tel 0484 617 487

All interested students outside Victoria could contact the secondary education authority/board of studies in their state who may provide them with other options.

This contact can also be made via their regular schools.

  • How many people speak Dutch?
  • Where is Dutch spoken?
  • Where does Dutch rank in comparison with other European languages?
  • How many words are there in Dutch?
  • How many varieties of Dutch are there?
  • How old is the Dutch language?
  • Are there any Dutch words in English or in other languages?
  • In what countries can you learn Dutch?

You can find the answers on the ‘Nederlands, wereldtaal’ page of the Nederlandse Taalunie. (in Dutch, so use Google Translate if you get stuck!)

To find out more about Dutch and Belgian migrants in Victoria follow the links provided. And… you will find that some of the native Dutch speakers were born in Indonesia.

Ever thought about learning a second language? There are many reasons why studying Dutch is challenging, fun and enriching!

  • Do you have a Dutch or Belgian background? Rediscover an important part of your cultural identity or simply increase your self-confidence and self-esteem. Communicating in Dutch with family or friends is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
  • Learning Dutch is not difficult. And some basic language skills will make it easier and more enjoyable to travel, study or live in the heart of Europe: not just the Netherlands, but also Belgium. Other areas of the world that speak Dutch include Suriname, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten & St Eustachius.
  • With Australia’s growing international role and interests, language study opens up career opportunities, particularly when combined with other skills.
  • Are you a high school student? Did you know that in several states including Victoria you can earn extra credits for your VCE (HSC) score by choosing Dutch as an examination subject in Year 11 or Year 12?
  • Encourage your children to learn Dutch. They will be able to speak foreign languages without feeling inhibited. Moreover, students who speak Dutch from an early age are able to develop flexibility in pronunciation and accent.
  • That said, studying a second language at any age helps you learn other languages more easily.
  • Dutch, together with German and Afrikaans, is a language that is closely related to English. You will find that there are many similarities in grammar and basic vocabulary.
  • Long and close ties between Australia and the Netherlands date back to 1606, when theDuyfken was the first European ship to come upon Australia.

By Renée Feikema

Just imagine you need to catch a train from Eindhoven to Utrecht. You desperately need sustenance, some food, something to drink! Only Dutch spoken all around you. It’s late and you’re exhausted too. Suddenly you remember your Dutch lessons and all those role‑plays you dreaded performing in front of the class. No amount of Maths, Chemistry, and Legal Studies is going to help you now! Even Shakespeare, Chaucer and Keats have flown out the window. Just as well you learnt Dutch from that rather zany Dutch teacher!

Whatever the language, be it German, Korean, French, Hindi, the hard slog over many years will have been worth it. All foreign languages open doors, bridge communication gaps, broaden one’s field of vision, instil confidence. With language proficiency you can easily step into many professions: foreign trade, hospitality, tourism, the diplomatic service, social work, customs and immigration, the fashion industry, libraries, the media and arts, and, if you are fluent, language teaching, translating and interpreting. Tack your linguistic skills onto many other careers and bingo! You have immediately become an invaluable asset to a company.

Pick up your foreign language as early as you can ‑ it will contribute immeasurably to maximising your educational and intellectual achievement and creativity. No major hassles if you just learn your Dutch in small doses each day, each week. Your study habits and techniques must be established early on ‑ this is crucial. Your results will be incredible! Language acquisition is cumulative. It can be gleaned by osmosis or gradual absorption. Toddlers and young children build on their babblings. Unknowingly they increase their mental flexibility many times over. Gradually, confidently, inescapably becoming a part of their identity. Having grasped basic grammar rules, beginners can forge ahead and expand their range of vocabulary ‑ correct pronunciation is no longer a real problem. Beginners can impress fluent speakers in the most delightful way. Astute students compile their own vocabulary lists and stick them on toilet doors, kitchen walls, wherever they can see them easily.Clever students talk to their pets in Dutch, anybody who will listen, whether they understand them or not!

Learn 10 new Dutch words a day ‑ it’s amazing how well you can be understood with just 300 nouns, 20 adjectives and 10 verbs in the present tense. The older student who has a select smattering of colloquialisms and idioms can be quite impressive! For example: Daar komt de aap uit de mouw! (There you have it! Literal translation: The monkey comes out of the sleeve!). Colourful sayings, local jargon in Dutch are bound to capture people’s attention.

Languages cover so much more than just grammar. Art, History, Geography, Literature, Music, Cuisine, Film, all come under the one banner. Imagine reading “The Diary Of Anne Frank” in Dutch, or seeing a Dutch film such as Zwartboek,  Oorlogswinter, de Tweeling or De Storm without much help from the sub‑titles ‑ you become part of the culture. Even with the help of the sub-titles you are hearing and absorbing Dutch. How often do we hear “oh dear, what a pity, so much has been lost in translation.”

Language classes are inherently fun! An outgoing language teacher can create a stimulating and authentic language learning environment where laughter becomes contagious, as students express themselves in entertaining role‑plays and conversations. You understand and have fun. A sense of achievement goes a long way. A little craziness helps! To make mistakes is normal. No-one should be too nitpicky, as we learn by making mistakes. To communicate with Dutch speakers in their own language and be reasonably understood is a wonderful compliment. There is a buzz in communicating on a different linguistic plane than your own. Understanding and responding are exciting and satisfying. Motivation, patience, commitment and a liberal dose of enthusiasm are the key.

Succes en veel plezier!

Many parents would love to raise their children bilingually. However, often this is easier said than done. They may have many questions like…

  • How do I do this successfully?
  • Won’t my child get confused?
  • What do I do if my child refuses to speak one of the languages?
  • How do I make this as easy as possible for my child?

This page aims to direct you in finding more information about this topic.