Stories

There are several reasons why someone would like to learn Dutch. Our students share their stories.


Your name and where you're from?
I am Judith Sedeño and I come from Barcelona, Spain.


What brought you to Rotterdam?
Love brought me to this wonderful city, as my boyfriend is from Rotterdam and we settle here some months ago.

 

What is the reason you are following Dutch lessons?

I think to learn the language of the country where you live is one of the best ways to integrate in the new country!


How did this Dutch language course changed your daily life?
After doing the first course with EnGaan I am able to speak about daily subjects that were very diffecult before. It gave me the tools to start speaking and asking in my daily life!


Your favourite Dutch word.
My favourite Dutch word is poffertje. Why? Because I love to eat them and I think is a lovely long word for such a small piece of food.


Your name and where you're from?

Solveiga. I come from a beautiful country – Latvia.

 

What brought you to Rotterdam?

It all started 5 years ago when I first came to Rotterdam because of an EVS (European Voluntary Service) project for 6 months. It took me 3 hours and I was in love with this city. The Dutch culture amazed me and I just didn’t feel like leaving this country yet. It is my second home now..

 

What is reason you are following Dutch lessons?

Despite I have been here on and off for 5 years, I have always been surrounded by English language. My studies are in English. In my job I have to speak English and overall everyone speaks here good English, so it doesn’t really push you to learn to speak Dutch.

 

How did this Dutch language course changed your daily life?

This Dutch course did push me to speak Dutch. It gave me a deeper understanding of the grammar and so it gave more clarity on how to build sentences. It have helped me in daily situations when a person spoke no English and I was surprised how much I can understand and that I actually can reply! Learning a language is like an addictive game. More you learn, more you understand the further you want to go - till the finish line.

 

Your favourite Dutch word.

Gezellig – sounds so terrible but means such a nice thing.