Learn Dutch Whilst Exploring Leiden This Summer

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Leiden, a charming city known for its rich history and vibrant student life, offers a perfect blend of opportunities for expats looking to learn Dutch this summer. If you aim to master the language, Leiden's picturesque streets, canals, and cultural landmarks provide an immersive experience that enhances your learning. Here’s a guide to help you learn Dutch and make the most of your summer in Leiden. 

The academic atmosphere of the city, combined with its rich cultural heritage and lively events, is an ideal place to spend your summer. Additionally, the friendly locals and the city’s manageable size make it easier to practice speaking Dutch in everyday situations. 

Language Learning Tips 

  1. Immerse Yourself in Dutch Media: Watch Dutch TV shows, listen to Dutch radio, and read Dutch newspapers, podcasts or books. This not only improves your language skills but also gives you insights into Dutch culture and current events. 

  2. Practice Speaking Daily: Engage in daily conversations with locals. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; most Dutch people appreciate the effort and are happy to help you improve. Make it clear you’re here to learn: “Ik wil mijn Nederlands oefenen” or “Ik wil Nederlands leren” followed by “Kunnen we Nederlands praten?” should keep those stubborn Dutchies from switching to English and make them support your practice. 

  3. Self study to keep up your skills: Taalthuis offers online modules that cater to different proficiency levels. There’s also a Culture course or a Grammar module, or you can prepare for your course which starts in September. Head to the waterfront or to a park, even the beach, and practice your lingo whilst sipping on a refreshing drink. Or if that typical Dutch summer turns into a rainy one, make your days productive yet relaxed, studying at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. 

Must-Visit Places in Leiden 

While learning Dutch, explore Leiden's beautiful landmarks and hidden gems. Here are some great places to visit: 

  1. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden: This national museum of antiquities offers fascinating exhibitions that provide a deep dive into ancient cultures. The multilingual displays can help you practice reading Dutch. 

  1. Hortus Botanicus Leiden: One of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, it's a peaceful place to study or relax. Take a guided tour in Dutch to enhance your listening skills. 

  1. Pieterskerk: This historic church hosts various cultural events and concerts. Attending these events can be a fun way to practice your Dutch in a cultural setting. 

  1. Leiden Canals: Take a boat tour through Leiden’s picturesque canals. Many tours offer commentary in Dutch, which is a great way to practice listening while enjoying the city’s beauty. 

  1. De Valk Windmill Museum: Learn about traditional Dutch windmills and their history. The museum offers information in Dutch, providing another opportunity to enhance your reading skills. 

  1. Market Days at Nieuwe Rijn: Visit the bustling market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Practice your Dutch by interacting with vendors while buying fresh produce, cheese, and other local products. 

Learning Dutch in Leiden this summer is not only about mastering a new language but also about immersing yourself in the local culture and making new connections. By combining learning Dutch with practical experiences around the city, you can enhance your language skills while enjoying everything the city has to offer. So step out into the vibrant streets of and start your linguistic adventure! And if you’re ready for more, don’t forget to sign up for a Taalthuis language course starting in Leiden in September!