Are you looking for help with learning the Dutch language? Do you like to be individually guided by a professional native Dutch language coach, in the comfort of your own home or at a central location in Hilversum? Do you like to speed up your Dutch language learning?
My name is Victor van Dijk, and I have more than 2 years of experience in coaching refugees and expats with learning the Dutch language. I think that my patience and capability of adapting to YOUR language level and learning style are very important for you to learn the Dutch language. I have learnt 7 languages in my life, and I have an MA degree in Cultural Anthropology.
My Experiences with Victor,
26 July 2019
I’m Evi, an Iranian, 35 year old woman who started learning the Dutch language since 2017.
Victor is the second language coach helping me for almost a year at the language trajectory. When I want to describe this experience in one word, I would say, exciting!
This experience was for me – having been into little contact with the Dutch – very exciting because I learnt a new language with Victors aid and I also started to learn a new culture. Besides, I introduced my culture. Of course, it was not easy. In the beginning, I couldn’t express my meaning clearly and correctly and I couldn’t understand Victor too well, either. I knew hardly any words, but Victors way of communicating with me was great. He adapted to my learning level. Victor always teaches me words that I don’t know in simple, easy to understand language. He uses many examples to clarify the meanings of the words. He repeats patiently his explanation, until I understand the word or phrase. Victor has good general information in various fields. When I ask for help, he guides me with the right information. If he does not have the information in a field where I need help, he searches the internet. He taught me enthusiastically and he offers good ways to develop the Dutch language. He also respects my proposed ways of learning. Victor encourages me to read. He suggests good books for me to read. In this time period, my language improved and I now also know the Dutch culture better. I can now understand more of Victor and I can now speak more clearly. Our contract for a year is almos over and I’m not happy about that. But I’m happy that I have had an unforgettable and fulfilling year with my language coach. Finally, I would like to thank Victor for his guidance.
Thank you, Victor, I wish you lots of success!
I provide individual coaching in learning the Dutch language to expats at home (Hilversum and surroundings) or at a central location in Hilversum or surroundings. Students can select their own language material from the public library (library membership not included!) or from a book store, suited to their language level and learning style, and then we'll work from there.
I am a Language Coach working for Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee Work) Hilversum, the Digi- & Taalhuis of the Hilversum Library, and for several expats. I have a background in Cultural Anthropology and have learned 7 languages in my life. I know what it's like to integrate into a different culture and how important it is to master the language of a country. I think that patience, calmness, and my capability of adapting to a language learner's level, skill, and learning style are very important for learning the Dutch language.
At Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee Work) Hilversum, a brochure has been published, written by me, titled ‘Uit het dagboek van een taalcoach’ (‘From the Diary of a Language Coach’), in which I report in diary form of my experiences in assisting an Iranian refugee in learning the Dutch language. You can download the brochure here (in Dutch):
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