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Why Study Dutch?
Dutch is a Germanic language spoken by more than 23 million
native speakers in the Netherlands and in Belgium, as well as in Suriname in South America. It is also widely understood in former colonies such as the
Dutch Caribbean and Indonesia. Moreover Afrikaans which is spoken by millions
in South Africa and Namibia, is to a large extent intelligible if you
You gain a thorough knowledge – which is fairly uncommon – of a European region which, despite its modest size, has made an enormous contribution in many different fields, from literature and the visual arts, architecture and interior design to popular music and sport, the modern welfare state etc.
Dutch is the 7th most-spoken language in Europe and about the 30th
most-spoken language of the 1000s of languages spoken in the world, but
even more important, the Netherlands and Belgium belong to the largest trading
partners of both the UK and the US. Belgium is also the seat of many European and transatlantic institutions. Remember, although many Dutch and Belgians speak English, “you
buy in your own language but you sell in the foreign language.”
There are excellent employment prospects with Dutch! As recent labour market intelligence by the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) points out, UK industry demand by far exceeds the supply of graduates with Dutch! Dutch is in fact the fifth most requested language in UK job adverts, after French, Spanish, German and Italian, but contrary to one would think way ahead of e.g. Chinese and Russian! This is due to the close economic relations of the UK and its neighbours across the Channel.
It may not be obvious from how Dutch sounds, but apart from Frisian (which is spoken in the Dutch province of Friesland), it is the modern language closest to English and thus the easiest language to learn for native speakers of English! You will have quick success! Interested? Why not try our Online Dutch Language Taster Course?
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