Frequently asked questions
What makes this method so special?
1. No old-school sit-down-with-a-book homework.
Step 1: Prepare for each class with short grammar instruction videos.
2. Mindset coaching
Overcome your shyness to speak outside of the classroom. Learn how to handle your perfectionism. We give you:
3. Unique study materials
Our Rubio Dutch programme and the videos associated with it, have all been completely developed by Rubio Dutch. You won’t find them at any other language school!
Is the Rubio Dutch Method for me?
Rubio Dutch is for you, if
- no time for traditional homework exercises from a book,
- enough opportunities in your daily life to speak Dutch (at work, school, friends, hobbies, etc), or are willing to create those;
You want to
- gain a sense of control over your interactions,
- learn things that are relevant for you,
- speak Dutch with confidence,
- fully function in all your glory in a Dutch-speaking environment,
- receive the practical tools to speak Dutch outside the classroom,
- understand the relationship between language, history and culture,
- a patient and supportive teacher that guides you through the more difficult stages of language acquisition and understands the feelings and frustrations you might go through,
- Dutch for work, to improve your career opportunities, to help your kids with daycare/school/play dates/hobbies, to make friends and feel connected, or to feel part of society,
- grammar to make sense of the language and to be able to give yourself feedback.
How do I know which classes or courses would be best for me?
Schedule a free intake session - no strings attached - or ask to receive the extended online level test by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- evening group courses
Can I bring my baby to private class?
What are your course fees?
What do we learn in the Beginners I course?
Some languages seem easy at the beginning, and only get more complicated once you have reached a more advanced level. Dutch works the other way around. The basics, which are word order and the pronunciation of the 15 vowels, are a bit tough at first, but once you understand the logic, the rest is just learning by doing. It'll save you a lot of frustration and energy on the long run if you get the word order and pronunciation right from the start!
In the Beginners I course, we will lay the groundwork of Dutch, so that after finishing this course, you know everything you need to take the leap towards all the speaking and interaction in Beginners II.
Why word order and pronunciation?
Word order is important in Dutch. Depending on the type of sentence you write, the word order changes. This way you can hear or see whether someone is asking a question, making a statement or making a argument. Hence the confusion when you mix up the word order.
Pronunciation is important because the meaning of the word depends on how the vowel sounds. Look at the word "bos", which means forest, and "boos" which is angry. Or "Cas", which is a boys' name, and "kaas" which means cheese. If you mix up the pronunciation of the vowels, you might end up saying something like "Cheese is forest", instead of "Cas is angry".