Dutchessa’s classes made learning a daunting new language almost fun, with a good balance between structured learning (grammar) and practical, conversational language – the things you want to be able to say at the market, in a restaurant, when you introduce yourself to your Dutch neighbors… Success lies in getting out there and giving it a go, and Amina and Mirsada offer lots of encouragement and support with putting the theory into practice as well. It’s well worth attending ‘Dutch for Starters’ if you are looking to kickstart your Dutch!
I attended Dutch for Starters course in autumn of 2011. I very much enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. Immersed in Dutch language and culture but with an international perspective, Amina and Mirsada combine fluency in Dutch with an intimate understanding of the experience of learning a foreign language. They ensure throughout that small-group learning sessions are engaging, entertaining and useful.
Dutch for Starters was the perfect introduction to the Dutch language for me. Amina who is the founder and main teacher of Dutchessa has developed a program that quickly gets the students actively involved. Being multilingual she knows where to place expectation and focus and with her language skills and charm this works wonders to learn Dutch. Without too much effort Amina will have you speaking Dutch quicker than you think.
As a newcomer to this country my intention was to learn basic Dutch as fast as possible and I’m happy I found what I was looking for in Amina’s classes. Amina’s small classes are next best thing to private lessons. I believe that they offer one huge advantage though; the ability to interact with other students and to learn from their mistakes. The course is comprehensive yet very flexible. I like Amina’s approach to teaching. The new material is tested in real life, let it be a trip to the market or making a phone conversation. All in all it was a great course that will get your newly acquired Dutch taste buds started.
I followed the intermediate course with Amina in 2009. The course curriculum was a good match to my basic Dutch, good combination of grammar and speaking. The small group and Amina’s personal style have both contributed to the relaxed atmosphere of the entire course. She is a great teacher, experienced, demanding and patient. The variety of materials (textbook, songs, articles) she used and the occasional guest teachers all helped to keep the lessons interesting.
Due to Amina’s courses I gained confidence to speak Dutch in the everyday life. Before the course I tried to avoid talking to people, who do not speak English well. Now I have conversations in Dutch with the neighbor, the shop assistant, my colleagues, talk to the doctor without saying any word in English, understand, what is going on around me, and even started to read books in Dutch. A whole new world opened for me. Amina’s teaching style made it easy to start learning the language, there were always some an interesting song or article we read that spiced up the lessons. She also brought the Dutch culture close to us, which is important to understand if we spend some time here.