My child goes to a Dutch-speaking school (kindergarten - elementary school). Should I learn Dutch myself as a parent?

Does your child go to a Dutch-speaking school? Do you want to learn Dutch as well? That is definitely a good idea!

  • By learning Dutch yourself, you show your child that learning Dutch is important.
  • The teachers at school would definitely appreciate being able to communicate in Dutch. Contacts with the school will improve as a result.
  • You do not have to be able to say everything in Dutch. And your Dutch need not be perfect. Making mistakes is normal.
  • Don’t forget that learning Dutch is not easy. Learning a new language takes time. The earlier you start, the better.
  • Don’t set your expectations too high. Your child is bound to learn faster than you. So it is best to continue speaking your native language to your child. Otherwise he/she may pick up your mistakes.

There are plenty of opportunities to learn Dutch in Brussels.

  • Dutch classes are offered in almost every Brussels commune.
  • You can follow classes in the morning, the afternoon or in the evening, from once to 4 times a week.
  • There are special courses for people who learn slowly or even very quickly.
  • Sometimes primary schools organize Dutch language courses for parents where you will learn expressions and words useful for contacts at school.
  • Find information about all this and more at the Huis van het Nederlands Brussel (Dutch Language House Brussels)

Tell your child’s teacher about your interest in Dutch!