It's too hard for adults to learn foreign languages.
I don't have the time or money to take language classes.
I don't need to learn Dutch because they already speak great English.
I'm afraid I'll make mistakes and be ridiculed.
These are some of the most common reasons adults avoid learning foreign languages. But for those of us who are or have been expats in foreign countries, we know well that learning the local language can have tangible benefits, whether those benefits are financial, academic, or social. While it's true that many Dutch people here in The Netherlands speak excellent English, learning a language can often connect you to your new country in important ways, and it can teach you a lot about the culture in which you're now living.
Many adult learners of foreign languages approach their study with the above misconceptions, which often holds them back. But as humans, our brains are particularly built for language learning, so all of us have the ability to master languages beyond our mother tongues. All it takes is a little knowledge of how we learn, how the local language works, and some goal-setting!
We know that foreign language learning is of particular importance to our local expat community. So for our next FREE webinar, Volunteer The Hague is proud to present, "Easy Dutch? Advice and Tips for Foreign Language Learning," with presenter Gabriel Rodriguez. This informative webinar will explain how adults can approach foreign language learning in a non-intimidating way that can make the process effective, time efficient, personally rewarding, and fun!
By participating in this webinar you will learn:
- Ways to boost your confidence when it comes to language learning
- How to break down the language you want to learn
- Issues to think about when forming an effective study plan
- How these strategies can be applied to our local language, Dutch
- Dutch-specific quirks and learning advice
- The benefits social activities like volunteering, school, or work have on language learning
Following Gabriel's presentation, there will be time for Q&A, so please feel free to ask questions about the presentation using the chat window during the presentation.
Volunteer The Hague is proud to present this webinar in support of the international community here in The Hague. Our webinars, presented in English, are sponsored by the Municipality of The Hague and organized in partnership with our friends at Present Den Haag and NL Cares as part of the Helping Hands Project. We invite local expats and internationals to join! And if you'd like, please feel free to refer a friend or two to this fun, insightful, and FREE webinar! Space is very limited, so please hurry and register below. Hope to see you there!
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