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Getting started with Dutch

Teacher: Liesa Carton (Montreal)

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1 student: CAD $25.00
2 students: CAD $18.00
3+ students: CAD $12.00
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Learn Dutch

Getting started with Dutch

(Ton premier cours de néerlandais)

Course description:

You want to learn Dutch? Great, let's get started. We'll tackle some basic phrases and words so you can have a conversation in Dutch. We'll also work on pronunciation and spelling, and on the vocabulary you want to learn. Business, traveling, food, ... Whatever interests you most!

Teaching approach:

Everyone wants to learn a language for his/her own reason. What's yours? I'll help you reach your goal, by working with material that interests you: sports, music, books, ... And if you want to learn some dance moves in the mean time, we can arrange that. It's a great way to learn words too!

Places where you can take this course:

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Public place: Anticafé
294 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montreal, QC H2X 2A1
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Coffee shop: Myriade
1432 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H7
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A public place you suggest
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At home
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In your office

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Hourly rates:

1 student:CAD $25.00*
2 students:CAD $18.00 per student*
3+ students:CAD $12.00 per student*

* Plus CAD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: CAD $5.00 (per student)

Class duration options:

Online: 60, 90, 120 minutes

In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Liesa Carton

City / Country of origin: Ghent, Belgum

Mother language: Dutch

Spoken languages: English, Spanish, French


Hello! I'm a Dutch native speaker with a master's degree in English and Spanish Linguistics and Literature, with experience as an English tutor, and as a hip-hop dance teacher. I'm from the beautiful Belgian city called Ghent, and right now I'm living in Montreal. I love making learning fun, by using media that the student likes, such as videos, music, books, ... Or by going some place and learning the vocabulary of that particular place (e.g. the park, the store) - I know it works for me! My interests vary from music and books to running and science.


Master's in Literature and Linguistics English and Spanish, University of Ghent, 2011.

Master's in Journalism, Erasmushogeschool Etterbeek (Brussels), 2012.


English, to Belgian secondary school students, around Ghent, Belgium.

Hip-hop dance to children from ages 6 until 18, around Ghent, Belgium

Courses by this teacher:

Learn Dutch: Getting started with Dutch

Proficiency level

Your Dutch proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Dutch expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Dutch if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Dutch is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Dutch text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Dutch speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Dutch texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Dutch flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Dutch.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

Interested in this course?

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  • Learn at your own pace

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