Zoë Baines

Zoë is a data analyst and freelance writer based in the UK. A language enthusiast, she is fluent in both English and Dutch, with ambitions to learn Korean in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys wandering around bookstores and drinking good coffee.

Zoë Baines

Dutch Grammar Practice: Tips and Resources to Level Up Your Study

Grammar is a fundamental part of learning any new language but that doesn’t make it any more appealing for many learners. When I first started my journey with Dutch, I purposefully avoided studying grammar whenever I could. I disliked grammar enough in my first language, let alone trying to wrestle with it in a second …

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How Long Does It Take to Learn Dutch? A Few Things to Consider

Choosing to learn a new language can be an immensely rewarding path to choose. It opens up new opportunities and offers the potential for experiences that you might not otherwise have access to. It allows you to experience a country and its culture with greater clarity and intimacy, stepping beyond the limited bounds of a …

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How to Say “Hello” in Dutch and Other Popular Dutch Greetings

Learning a basic greeting will likely be one of the first things you pick up as you embark on your Dutch language studies. Regardless of your motivation for studying Dutch, be it travel, work, or interacting with friends or family, a basic greeting is always a useful piece of vocabulary to have on hand. In …

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The Best Way to Learn Dutch: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Study

When I first moved to the Netherlands with my family, I was a teenager who couldn’t speak a word of Dutch. I remember sitting down in front of the TV, turning the channel to my favorite program, and realizing with dismay that I had no idea what any of the characters were saying. It’s been …

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“Thank You” in Dutch: Best Expressions for Any Occasion

Before gaining a comprehensive vocabulary or perfecting the nuances of grammar, learning how to say “thank you” in Dutch is vital, especially for those early conversations. During my time in the Netherlands, while I was still fumbling through learning the language and the cultural etiquette, I found that humility, a willingness to try, and a …

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A Guide to Dutch Listening Practice: Essential Tips and Resources

Moving to the Netherlands during my formative years, I remember just how different everything felt. I was captivated by the sweeping, open countryside and the canals that carved out the landscape. More than that, however, I remember turning on the TV for the first time and seeing familiar cartoons speaking in a language that was …

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