About this site
The aim of Speak Dutch! is to provide a high quality resource for adults who wish to learn Dutch online.
It is part of the Speak Languages! network of websites.
Access to the site is completely free. We are currently adding sound, and soon users will also be able to hear all the phrases and vocabulary spoken by native Dutch speakers.
If you have any comments or suggestions, or spot any mistakes however small, please contact us — we appreciate your feedback.
Traditional houses in Amsterdam
About the Dutch language
Dutch is spoken by around 25 million people. It is the official language of the Netherlands, the northern part of Belgium (Flanders), and Surinam as well as a number of other former Dutch colonies.
In Belgium the language is known as Flemish.
It is a West Germanic language and is closely related to German and English.
So why learn Dutch?
Holland is a very interesting and welcoming country to visit. Its principal city, Amsterdam, has much to offer in the way of sightseeing, a pavement café culture, and famous art galleries. A knowledge of Dutch will encourage hospitality.
There are many Dutch people working and living in countries outside Holland and the ability to converse in Dutch will enhance friendships. Whilst most younger Dutch people speak English, many older, less-travelled people do not.