Dutch Links

News

There are enough foreigners in the Netherlands to warrant a couple of news sources in English, so here they are. If you know of others, let me know!

Expatica – started for expats, it includes relocation info, classified ads
and a lively discussion forum.

Dutch News – Pure News, with a subscription feature.

Simply Amsterdam News – this site translates the main items of Dutch news

Dutch newspapers online – mostly in Dutch

Tourist Info

Amsterdam Info – general information, written by locals in a bunch of languages. There’s also a hotel booking service.

Your Little Black Book – hotspots, events, cool places all around Amsterdam

Working in the Netherlands

Jobs in Amsterdam – professional jobs for English speakers
Undutchables – professional jobs for non-Dutch speakers
XpatJobs – collates all jobs from other agencies

Expat.com – working and living in the Netherlands

Visas

Expat Law – Dutch immigration in plain English
IND – Immigration and Naturalisation Service, the official site (now in English)

Language

When I started learning Dutch there were few online resources, back then the text books were also pretty horrible. Since then there’s been a growth in the Dutch-as-a-second-language industry, prompted by the government’s integration programme which requires new migrants and “old comers” to learn Dutch.

Here are the Dutch language resources online that I’ve found so far.

Dutch Grammar – focus on the grammar
Taal Thuis – “language at home” one of the first sites I think, not the easiest site to use but some good exercises
Omniglot – list of courses and links
Verbix – tool to conjugate Dutch verbs
Official Website – “one language three countries” referring to Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname
The Alternative Dutch Dictionary – rude words and curses, usually the first stuff people want to learn.

5 thoughts on “Dutch Links

  1. Hello,

    My name is Cyn Coyle and I represent terra linguas as the Dutch editor / moderator. Terra linguas is a new language education website
    ( http://www.terralinguas.com ). And I would like to know if you could add our link to your website!

    Terra linguas currently offers 18,000 native speaker recordings in most of 14 languages. We hope to have another 6-7 languages available in early 2010.
    Spanish has more than 90,000 recordings, so there is no real limit to how much can be included.

    Please visit our website ( http://www.terralinguas.com ) and learn about all of the unique features we’ve incorporated into the first version. Anyone speaking any language can learn any other language for FREE! Although there are some caveats, the primary one is that the language(s) have to be part of the website. For those available languages, beginning students can slow the native speaker’s playback to hear very clearly what is said. As they become more comfortable with their new language, they can go back to normal speed and even faster. Students can also select different types of ambient noise and adjust the volume of this independently. This helps students learn to continue to listen to a conversation even if ambient noise levels cause some words to be inaudible. Often they will be able to fill in the missing words after hearing the remaining information, but at the very least, they can ask more pertinent questions. This is also less frustrating for native speakers who can tire of repeating themselves!

    There are many other features and it’s FREE!

    Please visit our website ( http://www.terralinguas.com ) and let us know what you think.

    Thanks,
    Cyn

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