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Get a canoe to paddle through the many canals of Utrecht, or for something more Pashtoral, rent a bike and head out of town to tour a few of the Netherlands' 1,180 windmills. Stop by a pub for a Trappist beer, or ask for extra whipped cream on your apple pie in an Amsterdam café. Catch a concert in Rotterdam, or do some haggling for antiques in Haarlem. Wherever you go, your Dutch speaking skills will be sure to please.

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People

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Who Are You?
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    People

    Who Are You?

    • Greet others and bid them farewell
    • Introduce yourself formally
    • Meet new people
    • Identify subject pronouns
    • Use present tense verbs
  • We are a Family
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    People

    We are a Family

    • Ask questions regarding familial relationships.
    • Describe someone in relation to family members
    • Introduce someone else
    • Notice the pattern for asking questions
    • Recognize possessive pronouns
  • Getting to Know You
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    People

    Getting to Know You

    • Articulate feelings
    • Describe physical characteristics
    • Express interest
    • Inquire about a stranger
    • Identify object pronouns
    • Recognize main form of the verb (infinitive) "to" + verb
  • At Home
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    People

    At Home

    • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
    • Explain where you are from
    • Identify languages and countries
    • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language
    • Be familiar with the form of the past participle (I have lived)
    • Recognize the place of the adjective ("little," "great," "very")
  • Where did you go to School?
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    People

    Where did you go to School?

    • Discuss the merits of a school
    • Inquire about programs
    • Identify different prepositions
    • Know question words "what," "where"

Travel

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Activities

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Places

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  • I Don’t Feel Well
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    Places

    I Don’t Feel Well

    • Ask for medication
    • Describe symptoms
    • Speak to a pharmacist
    • Identify two plurals that end in -en
    • Recognize two forms of the possessive pronoun ("your" and "my")
  • Let's Eat
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    Places

    Let's Eat

    • Identify items on the dinner table
    • Offer assistance
    • Order a meal
    • Understand the customs of local dining
    • Know the indefinite article "a/an" een
    • Use the Expression wil graag
  • I Can’t Eat That
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    Places

    I Can’t Eat That

    • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
    • Explain that you require a special diet
    • Give compliments
    • Reference senses
    • Identify the present tense form of the verb that follows the pronoun "I"
    • Spot the form of the present tense that follows "you" (singular)
  • Help!
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    Places

    Help!

    • Ask questions
    • Declare that a problem exists
    • State that you do not know something
    • Remember one word for "not."
    • See that the word "the" is translated as either het or de
  • What is Your Emergency?
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    Places

    What is Your Emergency?

    • Answer questions
    • Request emergency aid
    • Recognize the Dutch word for "someone."
    • Spot the forms of the verb "to be."