Learn Dutch with The Pimsleur Method

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It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and is one of three official languages in Belgium, where it is called Flemish. Pimsleur's Dutch teaches Standard Dutch, or "Newsreader Dutch," which is widely understood and accepted in the Netherlands. Learn Dutch today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • It works (11)
  • Perfects accent (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Fun (7)

Cons

  • No writing component (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (8)
  • Self-improvement (8)
  • Business/work (3)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (7), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This course is GREAT! But why only 30?

I purchased the downloadable version of this program and found that process to be very straightforward. I have taken 23 of the 30 lessons that were included in the program and already people who...Read complete review

I purchased the downloadable version of this program and found that process to be very straightforward. I have taken 23 of the 30 lessons that were included in the program and already people who speak Dutch are telling me that my pronunciation is perfect! I feel that I have so much more to learn and wish that there were additional lessons. Only Phase 1 is available, which is frustrating because I feel I have just begun to scratch the surface of this interesting language. If there were additional Phases with more advanced lessons, I would buy them. As it is, I will attempt to gain additional knowledge of the language by streaming Dutch TV shows and newscasts.

I found the native male speaker a bit difficult to understand at times. The female speaker was much more audible and sometimes I would not correctly hear the word being taught until she spoke it. But it is good to hear the slight variations in the pronunciation because no two people will pronounce the words exactly the same and we must get used to that.

I must admit, when a word was repeated only by the male speaker and never uttered by the female speaker during a particular lesson (which was a fairly rare occurrence), I did have to "cheat" a bit and use outside, written sources to actually discern what the word really was.

Thanks to everyone who put this program together. I am very impressed.

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pretty good, but leaves you hanging.

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working...Read complete review

I have completed all 30 lessons and am going back through a few of them to refresh and refine. I listen to it on walks, in the car, and while I am working at home. It is fairly easy to follow and the repeat process is very useful in bringing back earlier phrases and grammar combinations for memory sake.

It stops at lesson 30 - why???? I am ready to move on to a new lesson, but this is all I can find. This does not make sense for a serious language company. Also, it is way too expensive for the depth of language you get, with no grammar guides or phrase book (the reading lessons are really worthless, other than to learn how to spell certain words), and it does not really follow the lessons, making it more worthless.

It is give it an overall 3.5 out of 5. It was actually the best to help me learn and memorize the language, compared to other courses that I have studies, which focused on the grammar.

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5.0

Works-wish there were more lessons!

By Scott

from Pittsburgh

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Dutch seems like a difficult language, but I'm drawn to it because of time spent in Holland as an exchange student in my youth. This course helped me return to some basic comprehension level in an enjoyable way. Native speakers are wonderful, and the pace of the course keeps me moving forward. My only complaint is that there are only 30 units - I'd love to continue my studies with additional lessons.

       
      5.0

      Dutch is easier than you'd think!

      By Loves languages

      from Santa Monica

      About Me Business person, Multilingual, Traveler

      Pros

      • Easy
      • Fun
      • Perfects Accent
      • Surprisingly English Like

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        Dutch is like a cross between English and German, so if you know German, it is a snap! The written language is very confusing, but spoken, which is mainly what Pimsleur is all about, it's so easy. I love the Pimsleur system and have used it for Italian and German. With Netherlands being such a popular place to travel, and even though they all speak English, it's fun to learn the basics. They will be so pleased you took the trouble.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good for conversation

        By Sally

        from Salem, MA

        About Me Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Perfects Accent

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I was taking the Dutch lessons so that I could use a little Dutch when I go to Amsterdam. One issue is that I would be asked to say a phrase, but I did not have enough time to work it out. In one way this was good - it was like a real conversation - but sometimes it was discouraging.

        The best thing was hearing and imitating the neative speakers of Dutch. I have a little phrasebook, but it really gives no idea as to how Dutch sounds. This course is really useful for this.

        Thirty minutes is a reasonable amount of time, but I did not always have that time available.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It Really Works!

        By Ethan

        from Minneapolis, MN

        About Me Reader, Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

        I speak and read French fairly fluently (school, time in France) and have tried at various times to learn other languages, specifically Spanish and German, but the lessons didn't take and I was neither persistent not consistent in my efforts.
        I decided to try again with Pimsleur's Dutch I, and that is working like a charm. The lessons are specifically only 30 minutes long, and one is discouraged from trying to cram in more. The lessons themselves adroitly weave in materials from earlier ones so that you are repeating and imprinting while learning new material. I'm on the 16th of 30 lessons and am very pleased with my progress. I like that I can listen while I walk.
        I personally learn best while also visualizing, but there is some reading material after the first basic lessons, and today, thanks to the Internet, one can readily look up words in your language and see them right away.
        Enjoy! Tot ziens!

        Ethan

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I want more!

        By Cameron

        from Ohio

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Dutch Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          Great approach, has been perfect for my 45 minute commute, just want additional phases!

          Service and delivery comments:

          So easy to learn with this approach, but please release additional phases...you will have many buyers!

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