Colloquial Dutch provides a step-by-step course in Dutch as it is written and spoken today.
Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Dutch in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Key features include:
- A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
- Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
- An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
- Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
- Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in The Netherlands
- An overview of the sounds of Dutch.
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Dutch is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Dutch.
Colloquials are now supported by FREE AUDIO available online. All audio tracks referenced within the text are free to stream or download from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio complements the book and will help enhance learners’ listening and speaking skills.
Table of Contents
1. Piet en Pauline en hun kinderen Piet and Pauline and their children 2. Nederland en België The Netherlands and Belgium 3. Bij de groenteboer At the greengrocer’s 4. Telefoneren Telephoning 5. Bij Piet en Pauline At Piet and Pauline’s 6. Fietsen Cycling 7. Pannekoeken Pancakes 8. Piets ouders zijn op visite Piet’s parents are visiting 9. Na het ontbijt After breakfast 10. Pauline is haar horloge kwijt Pauline can’t find her watch 11. Een retourtje Maastricht, alstublieft A return ticket to Maastricht, please 12. Pauline’s ouders komen naar Nederland Pauline’s parents come to the Netherlands 13. Pauline doet de was Pauline is doing the washing 14. Er zijn eekhoorns in de tuin There are squirrels in the garden 15. Wat heb je met de kerstkaarten gedaan? What have you done with the Christmas cards? 16. Piet is op school Piet is at school 17. Marius wil gaan spelen Marius wants to go and play
Bruce Donaldson is a former Assistant Professor and lecturer in Dutch and German at the University of Melbourne, Australia.