DUTCH FACT FILE
- Official Languages: Dutch
- Population: 17 million
- Capital: Amsterdam
- Government: Constitutional monarchy - parliamentary democracy
- Literacy: 99.00%
- Currency: Euro
- Calling Code: +31
- Time Zone: GMT+2
- National Colours: red, white, and blue
- National holidays: King’s Day (27 April) Liberation Day (5 May)
- Dutch is part of the Indo-European language family, as are the vast majority of European languages. Within this language family, it can be further categorised as a Germanic language. The West Germanic sub-group, in which Dutch sits, is split into three main braches: Dutch, German, and English.
- Dutch language, also called Netherlandic or Dutch Nederlands, in Belgium called Flemish or Flemish Vlaams, a West Germanic language that is the national language of the Netherlands and, with French and German, one of the three official languages of Belgium. The speakers of English usually call the language of the Netherlands “Dutch” and the language of Belgium “Flemish”, they are actually the same language. Dutch is spoken by about 24 million people as a first language and 5 million as a second language, constituting the majority of people in the Netherlands (where it is the sole official language countrywide) and Belgium (as one of three official languages). It is the third most widely spoken Germanic language, after its close relatives English and German.
Some Fascinating Dutch Language Facts
- The Dutch language is a West Germanic language. The Dutch language is derived from the Frankish language, which also influenced Old French. The earliest documents written in Dutch date from the 12th century.
- There are many words in English that are similar to Dutch, such as: appel (apple), banana (banana), blauw (blue), groen (green), peer (pear), rood (red), and tomaat (tomato)
- Dutch has incorporated many foreign words. Borrowed words actually account for 75% of Dutch, with most words originating from French. Many of these still have the same spelling as in French, for example, capuchin (hood of a coat), chantage (blackmail), horologe (clock), jus d’orange (orange juice), pantaloon (trousers), and plafond (ceiling).
- The Netherlands has historically upheld religious tolerance, and as such, it is home to a sizable Jewish population. Because of this, many slang terms used in the Netherlands are of Hebrew origin. Some examples include geinig (funny), mazzel (lucky), and tof (cool/good)
- Dutch is probably somewhere in the middle between English and German. Whilst Dutch does enjoy leaving the verb at the end of the sentence occasionally, like in German, it does not have the cases German does, which makes it more skin to English. However, Dutch pronunciation is notoriously difficult. One’s pronunciation of Dutch words “Scheveningen” can tell native speakers whether or not Dutch is really their mother-tongue; this was the downfall of more than one German spy during WWII.
Similarities in Dutch and English
- Fundamentally, both English and Dutch are quite similar in a number of ways: they both have similar cadences and pronunciation sounds with a few notable exceptions. It is difficult for native English speakers to pronounce Dutch “g” and Dutch find it difficult to differentiate between voiced and unvoiced “th” sound.
- In fact, Dutch and English share a lot of vowel sounds, which explains why English native speakers can understand Dutch without even learning the language.
- English, German, and Dutch all have Germanic roots, just like Italian, Spanish, and Romanian all have Latin roots. If you are a native speaker of any of three Germanic languages, you should be able to learn the other two without much effort.
- The Dutch verb system is similar to the English one although there are some exceptions. For example, the Dutch do not use the auxiliary in question or negotiations. So, Dutch studying English may phrase a question in the following way: “Where you come from?”, “How you like the food?”, or “I drink not beer.”. There is no continuous tense in the Dutch language which can lead to translation errors like: “I ate a supper when you rang the bell”.
Some Interesting Facts About The Netherlands
- The flag of the Netherlands is red, white, and blue; just turn the French one 90 degrees to the left.
- The Netherlands has the highest number of Part-Time workers in the EU.
- Dutch inventions include the compact disc, microscope, telescope, mercury thermometer, and artificial heart.
- The Netherlands is the 3rd largest agricultural exporter in the world. In fact, the Netherlands is the world’s major producer of Peppers, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers.
- Famous Dutch companies: Philips (inventor of the audiotape, videotape, compact disc, and CD-ROM), Royal Dutch Shell, Heineken, Amstel, Bavaria, DSM, AKZO, Nobel, KPMG, Unilever, and ING.
- The Netherlands is a founding member of NATO, the EU, and the OECD.
- The GDP of the Netherlands is $910 billion, and according to official data from the World Bank and projections from Trading Economies. The GDP value of the Netherlands represents 0.76 of the world economy.
- The Netherlands is among the richest countries of the European Union. The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita was the 3rd highest in the EU in 2006, only surpassed by Luxembourg and Ireland.
Dutch Culture: Customs & Traditions
Currently, Roman Catholicism is the single largest religion of the Netherlands along with other minority groups. Dutch painting and crafts are world renowned, and Dutch painters are among the greatest the world has ever known. The Dutch themselves take great pride in their cultural heritage, and the government is heavily involved in subsidising the arts, whilst abjuring direct artistic control of cultural enterprises.
The culture of the Netherlands is diverse, reflecting regional differences as well as the foreign influences built up by the centuries of the Dutch people’s mercantile and explorative spirit. The Netherlands and its people have long played an important role as centre of cultural liberalism and tolerance. The Dutch Golden Age is regarded as its zenith.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Dutch Language
- Langma School of Languages has made the transition to a centre of excellence in Dutch language.
- Our international team provide exceptional training in Dutch language; the wide range of programme is provided by both native speakers and experts of different origin, all our faculty are extremely proficient and experienced, thereby offering the highest standard of training.
- Langma School of Languages’ objective is to provide exceptional teaching to students of all ages and levels, from school standard to professional, academics no matter what background or discipline they are engaged in, and we aim to exceed the expectations of our students by providing outcomes derived from the excellence of our training.
- Langma’s programme would provide the highest standard of foreign language training and encourage sustainable development with innovation in an environment of creative language acquisition.
- If you are looking for knowledge based interactive programmes leading to success in the field of Dutch language, Langma School of Languages has everything you need all under one roof.
- Langma School of Languages is committed to providing the best standards of teaching and corporate training and enabling you to reach the peak in your domain.
- The main aims and objectives of Langma School of Languages, to provide unfettered access to the study of Dutch language for all sections of society.
- We at Langma School of Languages firmly believe in the concept of the global village. With the advent of a multi-faceted digital world, this concept is more significant now than ever before and foreign language has become the link language.
- Our teaching methodology lays emphasis on Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading skills. We have evolved an interactive method that focuses on effective communication skills. Through our method we enable learners to have quick grasp of the Dutch language. They are able to frame sentences quickly, thereby facilitating communication. Our interactive approach kindles an interest in verbal and social contact with others. The module relies heavily on audio-visual tools. This makes for easier learning and greater facility in Dutch Language. A vast collection of Audio and Video CDs give the students a chance to see how the language is spoken by native speakers.
BECOME A MASTER IN DUTCHLANGUAGE WITHOUT LEAVING HOME.
Langma School of languages offers classroom and online Dutch language training to students according to their availability and we are the only language centre which offers classes round the clock. Our programmes are designed to suit the need of individuals. Now our classes are offered round the clock and one can avail these classes just after submitting their application and course fee. One can learn as per their convenience. Our classes have proven to be beneficial for those who are excessively occupied in their work during working hours.
LANGMA FACULTIES FOR THE DUTCHLANGUAGE
Leads and guides others to develop new skills or knowledge that will enhance their work. Design, develop, and delivers training programmes which cater the need of our students. Our teachers would help students to understand how to communicate information to individuals or groups, how to deliver presentation suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Students are taught the importance of clear and concise written information or writing to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message. Our teachers are highly qualified and possess years of expertise in the field of teaching, listen carefully to students and address the problem appropriately. Our teachers possess a designated level of professional skills and knowledge in specific area and keep the current with developments and trends in the area of expertise.
Experience Professional and authentic Dutch Language classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
Beginning with a very small setup, Langma School of Languages has grown by leaps and bounds. It has been instrumental in providing Dutch Language instruction to millions. It has successfully conducted seminars and placed its students in the field of BPO, Event Management, FMCG, Aviation, and PR. Our team focus on customised training. The organisation is well-equipped with classrooms, auditorium, and an elaborate computer networking. Teachers are well qualified, experienced in the field of language training, experts in areas like grammar, accent, group discussion, and etc. Langma School of Languages is competent enough to take up any assignments from the target groups.