"Hoe was de les?" "One big wonderful mess!"


Light warning: Dutch Immersion courses cán include unmistakable Dutch eating habits...

Yes, finally summer is in sight! Are you not looking forward to nasty surprises at the airport? Then replace your initial plane ticket for more comfort, extra legroom, a lot of personal attention and typical Dutch snacks at the Dutch Immersion courses from the Language Institute TaalTaal. No need to wait in line carrying heavy suitcases, you'll be fine with just hand luggage!

 

 

During the Dutch Immersion courses at TaalTaal, you will learn or improve your Dutch skills in a fun, fast and accessible way. Even if you are just starting out with zero Dutch, you'll already find yourself making small sentences after the first few days. Obviously, learning cannot be done on an empty stomach. The 'Dutch cuisine' is not very sophisticated, but there are some interesting dishes and snacks that cannot be ignored. Besides a 'broodje kaas' (a cheese sandwich) for lunch, here are some typical Dutch foods that will be part of your full immersion process:

Tompouce: a sweet pastry with colored icing (usually pink or orange) and cream in the middle. It is almost impossible to eat this delicacy in a 'civilized' way, so don't feel embarrassed!

Stamppot: potatoes and vegetables mixed together very well, until it becomes a mash. Usually, Dutch people eat it for dinner on a cold winter's day. You can eat stamppot with different types of vegetables, such as endive, curly kale or carrots. Traditionally, the Dutchies dig a 'kuiltje' (a hole) for the gravy and it's also a way to dunk their 'rookworst' (sausage) in.

Drop: a real shock for many foreigners! Drop is salty or sweet licorice in different shapes. Are you already thinking of dropping the drop? Don't give up this black candy just yet, perhaps try the 'honingdrop' first, it tastes a bit like honey.

Koffie Verkeerd: this is a Dutch latte coffee with lots and lots of milk. Koffie Verkeerd means that the coffee part is kind of wrong, because it's basically non-existing.

Vlaai: if you have ever been to Maastricht, then you must have tasted this. Vlaai is a typical pie from Limburg and it comes in many flavours, such as the all time favourite 'kersenvlaai' (cherry pie). One thing is for sure: there will definitely never be a 'no vlaai zone' above the province of Limburg!

So, are you starving for food, starving for knowledge? Check out the TaalTaal website for the upcoming Immersion dates: https://taaltaal.nl/immersion/dutch

 

Regular group courses for all languages started recently, but more seasons are on the way. More info can be found at 

https://taaltaal.nl/en or call TaalTaal at 070-3226091.