Videos

In this section you’ll find a series of short videos that address the subtle differences of some “word pairs”. In other videos I will also explain some of the difficulties that you might experience with the grammar and I elaborate on expressions and cultural habits.

If you have any questions about certain topics which I haven’t covered yet, feel free to contact me and perhaps I can address them in a new video!

In addition to these videos I’m creating an online course “Dutch Language Academy”. If you’ve seen a video about a certain topic that you want to learn more bout, then you can enroll in this particular course (or more courses). In this way you only pay a little amount for the subjects that are of interest for you!

You can visit de Dutch language Academy here: https://dutch-academy.teachable.com

Classes so far (update 27 August 2019)

Lesson 1: Lekker & leuk
Lesson 2: Heel & veel
Lesson 3: Graag, liever, liefst en lievelings…
Lesson 4: 8 common mistakes when translating English sentences literally into Dutch.
Lesson 5: The differences between horen-verstaan-begrijpen & betekenen-bedoelen.
Lesson 6: Niet & geen: negation in Dutch.
Lesson 7: Kennen & weten: how should I KNOW the difference?
Lesson 8: Tot zo, tot straks, tot ziens: how to say “see you…” in Dutch.
Lesson 9: Conjugating Adjectives: when do we add +E behind an adjective?

Lesson 1: Lekker & leuk

Lekker en leuk, both nice in English. But how to use these two adjectives correctly in Dutch? Watch my video now to learn the proper use! I speak in Dutch but there are English (and also Dutch) subtitles.

Lesson 2: Heel & veel

Many students have difficulties with the adjectives heel and veel. Watch this video to learn about how to use them correctly. I speak in Dutch but there are English and Dutch subtitles.

Lesson 3: Graag, liever, liefst. How to express preferences in Dutch.

In this video I’m explaining how to use graag, liever, liefst and also lievelings in Dutch when you want to express your preferences (what you like, what you rather have, what you prefer and what’s your favorite). I’ve conducted an interview with my niece Amber so that we could give examples of how to use these words.

Lesson 4: 8 common mistakes people make when they translate English sentences literarlly into Dutch.

In this video I mention 8 common mistakes a lot of students make when they want to make a sentence in Dutch and translate it literally from English. I’ll teach you how to say: “I’ve been living here for … years”, “I think so”, “you’re right”, “I’m hungry” and many more!

Lesson 5: I don’t UNDERSTAND you, what do you MEAN?!? The verbs horen-verstaan-begrijpen/snappen & betekenen-bedoelen

In Dutch it can be quite complex to say that you cannot hear/understand something or someone, or to express what something means or what you mean. That’s because we have subtile differences that don’t exist in English. For instance between VERSTAAN & BEGRIJPEN and BEDOELEN & BETEKENEN. So, do you want to learn these subtle differences? Then watch this video!!

Lesson 6: Niet & geen: negation in Dutch

Why do we make it so difficult in Dutch with the NEGATIONS? We don’t only have two words for NOT, which are NIET en GEEN, but also we put NIET in different places of the sentence, depending on what kind of rules apply to that particular sentence.

Lesson 7: Kennen & weten: how should I KNOW the difference?

The verbs KENNEN en WETEN both mean “to know” in English, but in Dutch they have slightly different meanings. In this video I teach you what the differences are and how to use these two verbs.

Lesson 8: Tot zo, tot straks, tot ziens: how to say “see you…” in Dutch.

In Dutch we have a couple of ways to say SEE YOU. We have more options in Dutch than in English and the use depends on the context or time frame.

Lesson 9: Conjugating Adjectives: when do we add +E behind an adjective?

This video explains the conjugation of adjectives in Dutch. When do we add an extra +E at the end of the adjective and when don’t we? And, sometimes we even add +EN! What’s that all about?