I love Dutch. It is an amazing language I really love. This post talks about why you should learn Dutch even if it is just the basics for a holiday.
What I have found so far….
I have been advertising Dutch language tuition for quite a while. I am surprised that I have had extremely few enquiries about it. This is very different from the other languages I offer. People seem to think that it is either not important or not needed. I however think Dutch is a very useful language. Anyone visiting the Netherlands or the Dutch speaking part of Belgium can benefit from learning Dutch.
How many people speak Dutch?
People often think Dutch is not a commonly spoken language. In fact around 24 million speakers speak Dutch.
Although it is a Germanic language, it is very different from German. It is an interesting language and sometimes strange looking. I absolutely love it.
Learning Dutch is also useful for a large part of Belgium. It is also spoken in some places outside of Netherlands and Belgium.
But I could get by without Dutch….
You can get by in English in big Dutch cities like Amsterdam. This is especially so if on holiday. In smaller towns and villages I have found people who are not very confident speaking English.
In any event the Dutch love it when you speak Dutch. It feels like they become instant best friends.
As find as working in the Netherlands, you could possibly get by in English. It depends on which company you work for. You could possibly get by in English if working for, say, an international company. However, if you would like to work for another company, Dutch is often required.
But Dutch people speak English….
Possibly you could get by without learning the language. However, to integrate into the country and truly understand the culture, knowing the Dutch language should not be underestimated.
Dutch people naturally talk Dutch amongst themselves. Most will accomodate foreigners for a while by speaking English. However it is understandable that after a while if the foreigner does not put a real effort into speaking Dutch.
Not wanting or trying to learn Dutch is a little strange. Afterall, the Netherlands has got its own language, culture and way of thinking. Trying to learn the language is an important way in which to understand their way of expressing themselves.
Learning Dutch feels good
Some people may say I am overgeneralising and probably I am. Regardless of the above, the joy you can get from speaking Dutch is amazing. Even if they recognise a foreign accent, they instantly smile when someone is making the effort.
Speaking Dutch allows you to make friends
If you wish for evidence of why to learn Dutch, just search online. Many people write that they find it difficult to make friends in the Netherlands. One of the main reasons is not trying to speak Dutch. Afterall, the Dutch are sadly used to many foreigners not making any effort at all. Creating friendships and bonds with new people is always easier when you can speak their language.
You could see the world from another country’s perspective
Other than meeting new people, you can also read news articles, online clips, etc. which give you another’s country’s perspective of the world.
Conclusion: You should learn Dutch!
To conclude, I hope the post has helped you to see why you should learn Dutch. Give Dutch a try even if you just go there on holidays. The locals will really appreciate you making the effort. There is literally nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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