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In 5, 7 or 9 days private intensive immersion crash courses for the higher educated | residential or online.

Learn Dutch fast! Intensive one to one crash courses Dutch. Residential or online, for the higher educated who want to be fluent as fast as possible.

Intensive private Dutch crash courses. For executive managers, diplomats, medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other higher educated who want to learn Dutch and get really fluent as fast as possible. Full immersion residential or online.
1. Fluent at A2 level starting from scratch within 5, 7 or 9 days? That's possible! All you need is : 1. very intensive private one to one Dutch courses, 2. immersion, 3. an experienced dedicated teacher.
Starting from scratch, you understand and speak Dutch fast: right pronunciation and sentence melody, correct sentence structure, only useful grammar, commonly used vocabulary.
2. Intensive tailor-made personalized courses advanced courses up to B1, B2 or C1 once you are A2.
Residential courses at Averbode abbey's guesthouse in the midst of the calm, relax and study friendly environment of natural park Averbode Forest and Moor (Averbode Bos en Heide) or summer course in the Pyrenees.
Fully recordable online intensive Dutch crash courses through Zoom.

How can a 1 week one to one intensive Dutch course be that efficient?

Differences with English these Dutch courses focus on?

Want to learn Dutch fast and lasting? Go for a learning Dutch retreat.

Full immersion residential or online?

Learning a language this way is an amazing experience.

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 intensive Dutch courses, crash courses, learn Dutch in 1 week with Richard van EgdomHow can a 1 week one to one intensive Dutch course be that efficient? 

Learning Dutch fast? In one week only? Indeed, if English or any other Germanic language is your mother tongue  or a second language you're already proficient in. If you want to learn Dutch fast you won't need more than a 1 week intensive Dutch course to learn Dutch.
A 5, 7 or 9 day immersion crash course with Richard van Egdom an experienced dedicated native Dutch language teacher suffices. Starting from scratch you get up to level A2 on the European Language Proficiency Scale.
A2 is the level you need for everyday conversation with colleagues, neighbors friends or in-laws. This includes everyday vocabulary, all you need to know about correct Dutch syntax, standard (not Holland or Belgian) pronunciation and grammar.
Once you're level A2, you're able to progress on your own learning Dutch more and more through daily conversation, listening radio, watching TV or surfing the web.

A one week immersion Dutch course?
No, a private intensive immersion Dutch course, residential or online. All lessons one-to-one, fully adapted to your needs, goals, interests and learning style. You almost only hear, read and talk Dutch. Looks tough. Is tough, the first hours. Then you discover how this is amazingly efficient, necessary and sufficient to get your brain switching to creative dissatisfaction mode. As you are an higher educated you know by experience that giving in to creative dissatisfaction your brain (you) without voluntary interfering (would be contra-productive !) starts discovering links to context, relationships, structures, differences, ... starts guessing, grasping and ends up understanding. Richards step by step approach to learning Dutch by intensive immersion is a most efficient conversation and client centered method. It's the answer to "How to learn Dutch fast?" Testimonies.

These very intensive Dutch courses are crash courses : focusing on learning to understand and speak Dutch as fast as possible. Learning to be fluent (the right words, correct sentences, right standard pronunciation) about every day topics and added news topics you are interested in. Starting to think in Dutch from the first hour on : about things you like, want or need to talk and share about with your colleagues, neighbors, friends, partner, in-laws, ... . Your and their work, hobbies, interests, ideas, goals, experience, ... .

Step by step up to A2 In 5, 7 or 9 days according to your learning pace, you get the Dutch everyday vocabulary and proficiency you are looking for, learning at your pace, as fast and efficiently as you can ... . After only 1 week full immersion Dutch course with Richard  students generally end up A2 level. = Able to understand, speak and communicate fluently in Dutch. Able to talk with your partner, friends or colleagues about daily topics you need to be able to talk about. You learn that Dutch you need to know. Those words, phrases and sentence constructions you need to be able to talk about what's important to you. Learning Dutch this way is not schoolish. You only learn the practical grammar one really needs. Once you master all aspects of level A2, you're able to progress on your own learning Dutch more and more through daily conversation, listening radio, watching TV or surfing the web.

Once you're (or if already master) A2 or beyond you may book a made to measure advanced course.  
Working up to the level you want, focusing on: 
broadening the particular vocabulary you need,
understanding more fluently, conversing more easily,
expressing reasoned opinions, building lines of reasoning,
capturing the essentials of complex texts and speeches or during technical discussions in your specialty,
communicating spontaneously and fluently in Dutch with your students, colleagues, patients, friends, in-laws, ... .

You learn Dutch that fast because staying or projecting to stay in a Dutch speaking country you want to be able to integrate and have more sharing real human contact. You don't need to stay an outsider. It's much more rewarding and pleasant to get involved, loved and appreciated.


Private Dutch classes for the higer educatedDifferences with English these Dutch courses focus on:

Dutch pronunciation : f.ex. The 'u' vowel as pronounced in Dutch doesn't exist in English. It's necessary to focus on. Taking some time training your ears, some humoristic exercising and a bit of self-discipline. To be easily understood you need to get the difference between short and long vowels, without diphthongizing. Long vowels rhythm words and sentences in Dutch. That's uncommon in English. Fortunately Dutch pronunciation is much more phonetic and spelling much more regular : while starting to read Dutch texts on topics you're interested in, with Richard's help, you'll quickly grasp those regularities. Although what you learn is Standard Dutch pronunciation, you'll get familiar with major varieties in accent too (click on the map below).

Living Dutch sentence structure and word order : That piece of non conjugated verb at the end of Dutch sentences is a bit strange, isn't it? It's usual both in Dutch and German when talking about past events. Talking in Dutch about those topics you're really interested in, you'll grasp Dutch sentence structure quickly. Simple subordinate clauses are quite often used in spoken Dutch. One idea, one sentence. That's necessary to be easily understood, as it is in English.

Essential Dutch grammar : Focusing on studying grammar and exercising may be a usual way for teachers to get along with a class. Maybe you already learned some Dutch that way. It's useful : it helps reading and understanding a Dutch text at your pace. When you've got all the time you need. But it's not that helpful if you are involved in real life conversation. You're probably lacking familiarity with spoken Dutch and native speaker's variations in pace, rhythm, pronunciation and accent. Richard hands you the Dutch grammar you need the moment you need it during daily live Dutch conversations. The presence at diner, at residential courses, of other native speakers familiarizes with real live differences in spoken Dutch. That way you learned your mother tongue. Natural immersion, one to one lessons and your commitment are the easiest and fastest way to learn Dutch in 1 week only.  


Boomklever, Averbode Bos & Heide, 7 maart 2014, foto Karel Van RompaeyWant to learn Dutch fast and lasting ? Go for a learning Dutch retreat!

Participate in making your intensive Dutch course as intensive and efficient as possible: Free yourself as much as possible - totally would be most efficient - from any contact with any other language but Dutch.
Be aware you really need those 2 to 3 hours a day extra to review, study, reread and absorb what you learned. Enough time to rest and sleep is necessary too to really integrate what you learned
To learn Dutch in 5, 7 or 9 days starting from scratch you need to be able to concentrate on learning Dutch only.
Organize your week in a way you don't need more than 1 hour a day for phone calls, mails etc. in any other language. The reason is the needs of your learning process. Learning a new language is a most brain resources demanding activity : your brain scanning the context continuously to grasp. Interruptions of that ongoing process learning Dutch would be contra productive : your brain would need to start all over again. That takes up to 20' each time.


Intensive online Dutch courses get fluent in less than 10 days!Full immersion residential or online?

Residential courses: are the easier way to organize your 'learning Dutch retreat'. Courses take place at Averbode Abbey's guesthouse. A quiet place surrounded by forests and moor, study and concentration friendly in a Dutch-speaking environment. Other guests will address you in Dutch = more opportunities to train in real situations. You get to know Dutch-speakers their habits, humor, mentality and social grammar better.
Residential Dutch courses offer more possibilities of interaction in Dutch during your free time too.

Online course: retire to a study friendly environment to concentrate, study and devote 5, 7 or 9 days to learn and get fluent in Dutch. These are intensive full immersion online courses.

The beginners course aims to get up to level A2 in 1 week starting from scratch.
Once you master A2 level, advanced courses to realize B1, B2, C1 and C2  are made to measure to learn the specific vocabulary you need.
For optimal results - both residential and online - make sure to organize your 'learning Dutch retreat' in a way not to be disturbed by other tasks, responsibilities or worries that would divert you from focusing on learning our language.


Private Dutch immersion courses surrounded by natureLearning Dutch this way is an amazing experience.

Getting fluent in Dutch at A2 level in less than 10 days is a fascinating experience of your natural innate learning processes too.
This way of learning Dutch fast is natural. That's why it's efficient and lasting. Vocabulary, good pronunciation and sentence melody, grammar, Dutch syntax, ..., are no goals but tools allowing you to understand and speak Dutch, interchange about your interests.
It's even an interesting different way of being in the world you discover. Through full immersion you discover yourself talking and thinking in Dutch about what you're involved in.
As a result you may even start dreaming in our language. But most important you find out how to talk without that time-consuming detour of translation causing you to be only halfway, when your partner already finished his or her sentence ;-).

You're not just learning language, you're learning Dutch ways of life, attitudes, ways of thinking and feeling, from the inside.
Through relaxed conversation about yourself, people and what's going on in Flanders and the Netherlands. You're learning about Dutch and Flemish culture and society, about our values, topics, differences, about our concerns and the ways we are.
During this intensive private full immersion Dutch course, you learn our social grammar too : our customs, habits and social rules. That's necessary if you really want to understand, manage efficiently native Dutch speaking people or get involved more personally with the locals, your Dutch speaking colleagues, clients, friends or neighbors, your partner and his or her family.


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