How can you best help yourself to learn Dutch?
20th of January 2020
Afraid to speak…? Language was created to communicate. Learning a new language is mostly a process of trial-and-error. Even people who memorize the whole dictionary and learn all the grammar rules will have to start practicing and using these words and rules at some point if they ever want to become fluent. Don’t wait till you “have enough words” or…
Quit using long lists of Dutch-to-English translations!
29th of November 2019
How to grow your vocabulary Hoi! Hoe gaat het met je Nederlands? We hope you’ve had a good month. Check at our website for the latest information on private lessons and upcoming classes, including our new Conversation Course, Beginners I, and Intermediate I! “I understand what they’re asking, but when I look for words to respond I…
Sometimes the best examples of learning can be found in our children.
29th of November 2019
A new way of looking at learning Hoi! Hoe gaat het met je Nederlands? We hope you’ve had a dry month. Check at our website for the latest information on private lessons and upcoming classes! Learn like a child? Why (not)? Kids have the ability to learn languages quick and effortlessly, and it is said that…
Whatever your reason to look for a change, navigating the Dutch job market can be daunting. Let us help!
2nd of September 2019
“I want to change my job so badly, but don’t think I can”. Sweating from the combination of our school’s tall staircase typical of many old Amsterdam schoolbuildings and the Dutch sultry summer weather, she sits down in a chair in front of me. “I’d love to work again in my field of expertise, but…
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” - Einstein
1st of July 2019
One of the biggest struggles for most new language learners are the feelings that come with learning and making mistakes. The first attempts to speak a new language are usually not pretty. You feel small, self esteem crumbles, you become super self-conscious. Some people make an incredible progress once started, while others take classes for…
How to help your colleagues to help you
19th of June 2019
Hoi! Hoe gaat het met je Nederlands? Do you feel too nervous to make the switch to Dutch in your workplace? Ever feel daunted when surrounded by your colleagues all speaking in Dutch? This month we want to share some ideas about how you can turn this around. (While we focus on the workplace here, a lot…
Confused about the Inburgerings- and Staatsexamen?
2nd of May 2019
You want to apply for your permanent residence permit, but first you need to pass one of the official government exams. Or maybe you are looking for a job and you’d like to improve your chances by adding Dutch to your Curriculum Vitae. You are wondering – what exam do I take? Inburgeringsexam, Staatsexamen I…
Use this flowchart to see if the verbs in your sentence are in the right place!
18th of July 2018
Once you understand the basic rules of the game called word order in Dutch, use this flowchart to check if your verbs in the sentence are in the right place. Not sure about the rules? Look at the chart in your textbook or re-watch the word order videos. Or send us an email! Joska@rubiodutch.nl
16th of May 2018
After two years, we say farewell to Danielle and thank her for all her hard work. From Danielle: It’s been a pleasure working with everyone involved with Rubio Dutch (Joska, teachers, and students alike!). I’ve learned a lot in this position and I’ll miss keeping up with everyone, but Lorna will be a great replacement….
28th of July 2017
When you think of Dutch culture, the first thing to come to mind likely isn’t music. There are, however, plenty of Dutch singers and bands that are popular throughout the country and they can even help you learn a bit of Dutch! Listening to Dutch music and singing along helps you with pronunciation, with intonation,…