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Category Archives: Background articles

Learning Dutch with Annie M.G. Schmidt

November 21, 2017


This article is written by Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) for I am Expat. Almost all Dutch natives grew up Read more

Competition closed

October 24, 2017

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We have a winner!!! 🥂🎉🎈 Congratulations to Lucia Valero Jimenez. She won an Intensive course at Direct Dutch Institute! Lucia’s Read more

American presidents and the Dutch words they learnt in the Netherlands

September 1, 2017


By Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) for I am Expat  We recommends speaking Dutch as often as possible – even Read more

Top 5 Dutch foods voted most likely to be missed

May 30, 2017

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Top 5 foods voted most likely to be missed when leaving the Netherlands By Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) for Read more

Direct Dutch Recipes: poffertjes

May 18, 2017


For the Dutch translation, see below! Dutch Poffertjes Ingredients: Half a packet of dried yeast 2 tablespoons of lukewarm milk Read more

Four useful phrases made famous by Dutch statesmen

February 14, 2017


This article was written by Ruud Hisgen of Direct Dutch Institute for I am Expat We all know and use Read more

23 ways to ‘sod off’ in Dutch

December 20, 2016


Written by Ruud Hisgen of Direct Dutch Institute for I am Expat Sometimes enough is enough and you just have Read more

Six ways of saying sorry in Dutch

November 29, 2016


By Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute), for I am Expat The United Kingdom may be leaving the EU (so sorry Read more

Some great ways to boost your Dutch!

September 27, 2016


  Need some help with finding ways to boost your Dutch?  Here is a useful list with tips which could Read more

7 tips for learning Dutch gained from 30 years of teaching Dutch

September 27, 2016


Last year Direct Dutch Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary. Founder and director Ruud Hisgen looks back at three decades of teaching Dutch, and Read more

De Couperuswandeling (met Direct Dutch boekenclub)

July 26, 2016


Zo ik iets ben, ben ik een Nieuwe Hagenaar…. Op zaterdag 23 juli organiseerde de Direct Dutch Boekenclub de Couperuswandeling, onder Read more

The Dutch love afair with freedom

April 28, 2016


Written by Ruud Hisgen of Direct Dutch Instutute for I am Expat  More than wealth, status and love, the Dutch Read more

Talking Oscars with the Dutch

February 17, 2016

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By Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute) for IamExpat In February each year we are all anxious to see who will Read more

Book Club goes to the theatre

February 9, 2016


(Dutch version and book club calendar below) One of the free services that Direct Dutch offers to its students and to Read more

How to survice Dutch holidays in December

November 18, 2015


  By Ruud Hisgen (Direct Dutch Institute), written for I am Expat The gloomiest month of the year, December, knows Read more