Professional Dutch language coach
for expats
in Hilversum and surroundings

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.

Students Experiences

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!

My Services

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.

One hour for free!

If you like the idea of getting help from me as an individual language coach, or maybe you’re still not sure, you can always contact me (see details at the bottom of this page) or make use of my special offer,

The first hour will be totally free! We could meet at the comfort of your home, or at a central place in Hilversum, and the only costs I would charge you are my travel expenses (public transport, 2nd class where applicable). After one hour, I will charge you €10 for each half hour (€20 per hour is my tariff). In my experience, a comfortable time period for 1 lesson is 1 1/2 hour, without any haste, and sufficient time to learn, speak, and practice Dutch: one time a week is a good, regular interval.

Strippenkaart (Strip card)

It might become inconvenient to pay all the time in cash. To keep this to a minimum, you can purchase the strip card (strippenkaart). Each strippenkaart is good for a certain number of hours of tutoring in the Dutch language. If you use the strippenkaart you immediately benefit from a discount that can be as high as 10% on the standard hourly rate of € 20, -!


Advantages of the strippenkaart:

  • Direct discount on the hours taken
  • Different attractive variants with a discount of up to 10%
  • Paying in advance by bank transfer means, no more payments in cash
    for the language coaching time


The following Strippenkaarten are available:

Type Strippenkaart Price Discount

6 hours                            € 117    2.5%
12 hours                          € 228   5.0%
18 hours                          € 333   7.5%
24 hours                          € 432 10.0%

Travel expenses

Since I pay for my travel expenses through my bank account, I prefer to also be financially compensated for them by bank transfer. My travel expenses are always based – where applicable – on public transport, 2nd class, with no discount applied.


Have you been in the Netherlands for a short time and would you like to get in touch with more Dutch people? If you still don’t know how to find your way around in Hilversum, I may be able to help you by doing an online and offline network survey. I will help you find your way by asking about your wishes and I will search for possible suitable online links and offline places to be. You still have to make the contacts themselves on your own, I can only show you the way! If you like, a online and offline network survey can be part of your language coaching at no extra costs!

Route guidance

Are you studying for the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language (NT2) and would you like to receive language coaching for a longer period of time (longer than 24 language coaching hours)? After our first meeting (see One hour for free! on this page), and according to your preferences, language level, and learning style, I can coach you in (further) learning the Dutch language. We will use the learning methods with which you’re familiar, or the ones that feel best to your skills. I will patiently help you with Dutch pronunciation, speaking, grammar, comprehension and spelling. Fees are charged per 24 language coaching hours (including 10% discount), and  will have to be paid by means of the Strippenkaart.

Victor van Dijk's Background

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):

Dagboek_van_een_taalcoach_Hilversum.pdf in klein formaat

Language Coaching

Geared to the Student

Individual Language Coaching

I tailor my individual language coaching teaching to the level, skills, and learning style of the student. I use the teaching materials that the student already has, or has chosen according to his/her level, learning style, and Dutch language skills, and I help with pronunciation, spelling, speaking, and word comprehension. I also provide tips for an even better understanding of the course material.

How long does it take to learn the Dutch language?

That depends on so many factors, that makes this seemingly easy question difficult to answer.
Factors are, education / formation level, motivation, familiarity with learning a ‘foreign language’,
and whether or not the learner already speaks other European languages. At the first meeting between a learner and me, I try to make a general assessment of all these factors. This is not an easy job! After the very first, and totally FREE meeting hour, I can normally get a general idea of where to start or continue the learner’s lessons, but only after a few additional meetings can I get more precise as to where the learner is heading, and how I can help her/him further on her/his learning path.

Contact Me

Feel free to send me a message if you would like to know more about me or my services.

Mobile & WhatsApp: +31640641956

Facebook: @victorfvandijk

Twitter: @victorfvandijk


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