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Conversational Dutch

  • Understand Dutch better so you can travel in Dutch-speaking countries and, if you are of Dutch descent, explore your heritage and culture and communicate with family.
  • Learn enough Dutch to show goodwill if you are working in the Netherlands or Belgium.

Dutch is spoken by around 22 million people, primarily in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is also a major language in Suriname, Aruba, the Dutch Antilles and Indonesia. You'll find this program useful if you're a traveller, a heritage speaker, a retailer or have married into a Dutch-speaking family. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Dutch.
  • Exchange information on familiar topics and activities, describe your family and background and discuss your work.
  • In simple situations, understand what people say to you about their lives, work and family.
  • Follow the gist of news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Dutch within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.