How to learn Dutch most effectively?
Learning a new language is not an easy task. It is not impossible either, but just requires the right learning modes and associated tools for the process. Learning Dutch is no different. Regular courses are offered by select universities and colleges worldwide, although with Dutch being the 6th most popular language in the EU, finding a regular course in English speaking countries isn’t very difficult. Books, CDs and off-the-shelf software are available for different levels of Dutch in case one plans to learn Dutch on one’s own. However, use of audio-visual media, listening to the spoken form of the language and speaking the language certainly improves the confidence levels of the learner or the novice. The disadvantage of this learning mode is that materials are rarely updated. While self-learning and online courses seem to have limited scope for practising and evaluating pronunciation and verbal proficiency, regular courses, although not flexible, enable direct interaction with a tutor. All learning modes come at a cost, however, self-learning and online options are usually cost-effective, flexible, and allow learners to catch up with lessons at their own pace.