1st Edition

Routledge Intensive Dutch Course

By Gerdi Quist, Christine Sas, Dennis Strik Copyright 2006
    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    440 Pages
    by Routledge

    This intensive foundation course in Dutch is designed for those with no previous knowledge of the language. It is lively and fast-paced, providing students with a wide range of activities, and drawing on an impressive selection of source material from many different media. Audio materials are available as free eResources here: www.routledge.com/9780415261913.

    Taking students from beginner to intermediate level in one year, the Routledge Intensive Dutch Course develops a thorough working knowledge of the structures of Dutch and practises the four key skills of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

    Guidance for tutors as well as links to related sites is available on the Routledge website.




    Introduction/How to use this book





    1. hier ben ik


    talking about yourself

    describing people

    numbers to 100

    formal and informal forms of address

    writing: style to fit context

    strategies for writing

    introducing yourself

    saying what you like

    saying what you like from a relationship

    stating where you live and work

    greeting people and saying goodbye

    directly addressing someone

    talking about characteristic of a person

    making a compliment

    checking the information you have is correct

    stating that something is correct

    inviting someone to expand

    expressing surprise

    adverbs to modify meaning

    expressing you are making an assumption

    finite verb

    stem of verb


    place of finite verb in sentence

    regular and irregular verbs




    plural nouns

    use of the present tense: nu, al, pas, nog maar

    possessive pronouns


    2. samenleven


    use of tone

    communicative styles between friends and people living together


    using website for recipes

    numbers over 100

    ordinal numbers

    domestic chores



    talking about food

    asking for things

    asking for more

    asking open and closed questions

    ordering in a restaurant or café

    using language in different interpersonal contexts and styles

    giving curt advice

    talking cooperatively

    using modal particles to indicate different meanings and functions

    talking about dividing the domestic chores

    qualifying something

    writing in different styles

    modal particles: even, wel, nu, maar, echt, weer, hoor, toch

    negation: geen and niet

    yes/no questions

    questions with a question word


    modal verbs

    separable verbs


    use of ‘zou’ in polite requests

    use of ‘zou’ in uncertain statements


    3. op straat







    everyday activities

    referring to days and times



    bank holidays

    countries, inhabitants, languages

    the weather

    clothes, sizes and prices


    making a telephone call

    arranging to meet up

    asking how people are and answering

    buying a ticket

    ordering coffee

    shopping for clothes

    talking about the weather

    small talk

    reading strategies

    telling the time

    object pronouns

    the adverb ‘graag’

    liggen, zitten, staan, hangen


    expressing the future the adjective

    infinitive constructions

    expressing duration

    4. groepsgedrag


    family celebrations

    (birthdays and new baby)


    Dennis Strik has extensive experience teaching Dutch at all levels in an academic context (amongst others at University College London) and is co-author of several language books, including Teach Yourself Dutch Grammar. Dennis currently works as a freelance author, translator and language consultant.

    Gerdi Quist has been a lecturer at University College London since the early 90-ies. Her current research concentrates on intercultural communication and language and culture teaching at university. She has published on the subject in various academic publications, and she co-authored a number of language courses.

    Christine Sas has extensive experience in Dutch language teaching at various levels, in social, professional and academic contexts. She worked in Antwerp (Belgium) as well as in London (U.K.), where she has lived since 1998. She currently teaches at UCL and at the FCO Language Centre.