2nd Edition

Basic Dutch A Grammar and Workbook

By Jenneke A. Oosterhoff Copyright 2024
    258 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Basic Dutch: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume. This second edition contains new chapters on spelling, pronunciation, and indirect speech, as well as revised and additional exercises with lists of new vocabulary.

    This comprehensive book presents 31 individual grammar points in realistic contexts, taking a grammatical approach that allows students not already familiar with these structures to become accustomed to their use. Grammar points are followed by examples and exercises, allowing students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

    Key features include:

    • a full answer key
    • grammar tables for easy reference
    • frequent comparative references to English grammar
    • appendices of pronunciation, pronouns, and strong verbs
    • a list of new vocabulary at the end of each chapter

    Suitable for class use or self-study, Basic Dutch is the ideal companion for students in their first year of study, providing the basic tools needed to communicate in a variety of situations and an introduction to Dutch culture.


    1 Spelling in Dutch

    2 Subject pronouns

    3 Verb conjugation in the present tense

    4 Articles and nouns

    5 Object pronouns

    6 Numbers and measures

    7 The plural of nouns

    8 Questions and question words

    9 Possessive pronouns

    10 Modal auxiliary verbs

    11 Basic word order

    12 Telling the time

    13 Negatives I

    14 Demonstrative pronouns 

    15 Adjective endings 

    16 The adjective in comparison

    17 Adverbs

    18 Separable and inseparable verbs

    19 The imperative

    20 The present perfect tense

    21 The simple past tense

    22 Reflexive verbs

    23 The diminutive

    24 The adverb er

    25 Prepositions

    26 Infinitive constructions

    27 Word order in subordinated clauses

    28 Relative clauses

    29 Indirect speech

    30 Negatives II

    31 Punctuation

    Appendix I: Pronunciation

    Appendix II: Overview of pronouns

    Appendix III: Strong and irregular verbs

    Key to exercises



    Jenneke A. Oosterhoff is Senior Lecturer in the Department of German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    "A holistic approach to Dutch grammar for beginner students of Dutch, and more advanced students wanting to refresh their language skills. New, and very welcome, are the pronunciation guide and vocabulary lists per chapter. These features plus an answer key to the exercises make this new edition ideal for selfstudy."  

    Wijnie de Groot, Senior Lecturer in Dutch, Columbia University, USA