I have been having issues with my Dutch language progress since I stopped going to courses, and I reached the conclusion that the best way to fix that was to work on my skills. Short of actually conversing with people, I went for the next best option; I joined the library!

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The Amsterdam Central Library opened in July 2007, and occupies a staggering 28,000 m2, making it the largest public library in Europe. (source) And next door is the Conservatorium!

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Of course, once I navigated my way around becoming a member (about half in Nederlands and half in English) the first thing I did was enquire as to where the language department was. Level 5. I could be in a lot of trouble on this level.

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Good view though!

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This is about a third of the printed resources for learning Dutch. Or course, not all of them are from English!

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Around the corner there is an entire section of well known novels translated from English into simple Dutch, just for people like me to practice from! Of course I think I’ll have to read the first couple with a dictionary next to me!

Given that we do live in the 21st Century however, what the library has to offer is computer courses! And computers in order to learn on!

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Lots of computers!

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So my plan is to head to the library at least twice a week for a few hours each visit and study like I used to in class!

Of course, having the knitting section just around the aisle is quite distracting …

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I can see myself spending a lot of time here!

4 thoughts on “Bibliotheek

  1. I’d love to visit the Library and explore, as it looks both modern and welcoming! Congrats on joining and best of luck with your language training! I hope the methodology and books they have are useful…and that the knitting books aren’t too distracting 🙂

    Are you already starting the novels or will you start with a different approach? Do you have any tips you can share on successful self-paced learning? Or maybe it’s too soon to tell?

    1. I’m going to start with a novel that has been lent to me by a friend so that I can return it 🙂 And I have no tips on self paced learning to speak of yet, let’s just hope I can make this work for me!

  2. When I have lived in non English speaking countries, the library has been my friend too (actually that’s not correct as I frequent the library regardless of the language spoken) but it definately made it easier, dictionaries plus simple or familiar books are a brilliant way of expanding vocab once you have some basic grammar down.

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