Meet the Team

We welcome you!

Marije

Founder / Director / Teacher

Hi and welcome to ABC Dutch! Real glad you’re here. I have been a Dutch Teacher since 2006.
At ABC Dutch we care about each individual student and their progress, therefore we only provide you with native, dedicated, inspiring, experienced and certified Dutch teachers who will put YOU and your wishes, needs and development first. In a serious, yet fun way, we will make sure you achieve your goals learning or improving your Dutch.

Marloes

Manager / Teacher

Hi, my name is Marloes. I’ve been working as a Dutch teacher since 2011 and I live in The Hague; I find both very inspiring! I love teaching because every class is different and for me I enjoy teaching you something that you can use straight away in your daily life - for example to be able to say what you’re up to in Dutch, improving the pronunciation of the Dutch ’g’ (as in ’Scheveningen’ ;-)) or answering your difficult questions about Dutch grammar: I really enjoy this as well as living in The Hague. It’s so nice to live close to the beach! I hope to see you soon in class to take your Dutch to the next level!

Vincent

Teacher

Hi, I’m Vincent. Languages and communication are the driving force behind my career. Fascinated by the opportunities languages provide and their imposing limits at the same time, I enjoy teaching Dutch as a second language. I love playing with words and grammar, working in an international setting with students who all have their unique background, their unique story. Being fully aware of the challenge they took up by learning a new foreign language, I offer a diverse program. To me it is essential to have a pleasant and informal atmosphere, which guarantees that learning Dutch and having fun can go hand in hand. See you in class!

Renee

Director Rotterdam

Hello! My name is Renee. When I found myself in front of a class for the first time back in 2009 I instantly knew: this is it! The Dutch language has always fascinated me and I love passing on my knowledge and passion to others - even if they don’t ask for it ;-). There’s a lot of interaction in my lessons, you will receive a lot of feedback and I explain grammar in an easy and simple way. Being creative I love games, songs and drawing: this makes all lessons effective as well as fun! And probably most important is a good atmosphere with a great sense of humor. I look forward to it! You too?

Boris

Teacher

My name is Boris and I was born in Leiden where I also studied Dutch linguistics at university. Since 2011, I have been enjoying teaching students from various countries. I find the international character of this work very inspiring. During my lessons I aays try and create an informal atmosphere in which the passing on of knowledge can flow easily. If you would also like to take your Dutch to a higher level, then I will hopefully see you in class

Elize

Teacher

My name is Elize and I’ve been a Dutch teacher for quite a while now. There’s an extra dimension to the lessons at ABC Dutch due to the different nationalities of the students.
Besides the Dutch language, everyone likes to learn about the Dutch culture as well. This makes our groups very motivating and fun at the same time! I find it important to create a good atmosphere and I will make sure everyone always feels comfortable in class. Hope to welcome you soon!

Barbara

Teacher

Hi! My name is Barbara. As a ten-year-old girl I always said: "I'll be a teacher one day!" Now, more than 38 years later, I am happy to stand in front of the class. I enjoy helping people to learn Dutch. Having worked in Spanish-speaking countries for a long time myself, I know what it feels like to learn a new language in another country. In my lessons I pay a lot of attention to speaking skills and I use audios and music. Of course you’ll get a lot of feedback in my lessons and I will also remind you what you have already mastered. After all, praise for language creates courage in language!

 

Antonette

Teacher

My name is Antonette and since 2011 I’ve been teaching Dutch with much pleasure. The Dutch language, and especially grammar, is my passion. To me it is really important to teach students at the right level, to make (and keep) you enthusiastic about Dutch and to not only pay attention to things you still have to learn but also focus on everything you already know well. I hope to see you soon at ABC Dutch

Nienke

Teacher

Hi, I'm Nienke and I've been living in The Hague since 2009. Before that I have always traveled a lot and other cultures and languages fascinate me enormously. When you learn a language, you automatically learn more about the culture. That's why I like seeing those two things coincide in my classes. With great pleasure and patience I help you to master grammar and pronunciation. This works best in a relaxed learning environment and it is important to me that you feel comfortable. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in my class and teaching you Dutch!

Nachet

Teacher

Hi, I'm Nachet! I am a passionate language teacher and have over 12 years of experience in teaching Dutch as a second language. I have a lot of experience with private courses, group lessons and immersion. Regarding the latter, students are guided from A0 to A2 language level at lightning speed. My classes are energetic and interactive. I have a passion for language, music and travelling. In class I will give you the tools, but you will have to do the swimming yourself!

Roy

Teacher

Hi, I'm Roy. I've been working as a Dutch teacher since 2013. The emphasis of my lessons is on playfulness, fun, creativity and how people learn from a science perspective. Everyone is different, learns differently and has different needs, so I like to create my classes with you in mind, thinking about what works best for you. I get inspiration for my lessons based on research about how people learn and how they process information most effectively. This is related to my passion for Neuroscience and the work I do in this field.

Janet

Teacher

Welcome to the fascinating world of Dutch language and culture! My name is Janet and I have been working as a Dutch and NT2 teacher for many years. I proudly share my passion for our language and I look forward to working with you on your language skills. In addition to my love for teaching, I am also a flight safety instructor in aviation, which makes my working days diverse and dynamic. I convey my knowledge with great enthusiasm to inspire and motivate you. Feel free to ask questions and embark on a journey of discovery together through the world of Dutch at ABC Dutch. See you in class soon!

Lorraine

Teacher

I have been teaching French and Dutch as a second language for two years now. And I do that with great pleasure! I grew up in an international environment, I have worked in the financial and cultural sector (management assistant), and I am also an art historian. I am learning Greek (my 5th language), and also lived in Greece for a while. I now like to share all my experiences and interests with my students. I guide my students with great passion, openness and commitment during their study of the Dutch language AND culture! I look forward to welcoming you at ABC Dutch. Learning the Dutch language and culture is not only very interesting but also great fun!

Staf

Teacher

Behind every language you learn lies a new world. A world of knowledge, habits, encounters and opportunities. I am Staf, Nt2 teacher since 2015, and I am happy to guide you on your journey of discovery. I do this with great pleasure and involvement. I enjoy it when my students slowly start to feel more at home in the Netherlands through the language. In my lessons we work with grammar, collect new words and talk about Dutch culture. But what we're going to do most of all is practice. Through varied and lively lessons, I hope that you will gain enough confidence to start using Dutch in your daily life and to continue to do so even after the courses are over. Do you want to go on a journey of discovery together? Then join me at ABC Dutch!

Karin S

Teacher

Hello, my name is Karin and I love the Dutch language, Rotterdam and teaching. During my lessons at ABC Dutch, you will practice speaking a lot and I will give you tips on how you can actively work on the language outside of class. Learning a language is about practicing and discovering, because with every piece of language you learn, you understand more about Dutch society. And language is all around you. In the lesson you will learn vocabulary, grammar and basic skills. You can put this into practice in your work or study. I have been teaching (Dutch) lessons and training at various schools and organisations for years. But the small level groups at ABC Dutch are among my favourites, so I hope to meet you in my class!

 

Sarah

Teacher

Hello, my name is Sarah. In addition to having recently started teaching the Dutch language, I have a bachelor's degree in communication and am trained in NLP coaching. This gives me valuable skills in communication and interaction. My idea of teaching revolves around creating a welcoming and social environment. In doing so, I create a sense of safety that encourages learning. From that perspective, learning a language goes far beyond learning words and sentences. Mastering a second (or third) language not only expands one's vocabulary, but also provides self-confidence and a sense of freedom. As a teacher, it is a privilege to guide students in this process. 'Where one teaches, two learn.'

Jacqueline

Teacher

My name is Jacqueline. Since 2017, I’ve been enjoying teaching Dutch as a second language. In my lessons I integrate current or daily topics. I use fun and active work forms and language games. Students playfully work together to master the Dutch language. My priorities are to increase self confidence to speak Dutch and a good atmosphere in class! It’s also very nice when international students can share their experiences regarding Dutch culture together. I think it's important to maintain variety and pace in the lessons and for students to enjoy coming to class. Learning a language is simply fun.

 

Jolanda

Teacher

My name is Jolanda. My career in education spans about 30 years. In all those years I’ve taught Dutch Nt2 lessons as well as Spanish. My heart is with both. I have had considerable experience with many different kinds of groups. The diversity in these groups is what motivates and inspires me. I also like to make use of the possibilities that the internet offers. It is an inspiring addition to the various methods that make learning more fun and more effective. As a teacher, I keep an eye out for the specific wishes and challenges of the different students and provide complementary input in and outside my classes so that the student is guided where his challenges, needs and wishes lie. But above all, learning should be fun. Improving all languages in a playful and pleasant way whilst not even realising that you are studying.

 

 

Daphne

Teacher

Hi! I'm Daphne. I am Dutch and I have been an Italian teacher for quite some time. I've lived in Italy, so I know what it's like to live in another country and learn the language. A few years ago, after my NT2 teacher training, I also became a Dutch teacher. I find it very inspiring to teach students of so many different nationalities. You get a lot of feedback during my classes and there is a lot of interaction. Sometimes we listen to Dutch songs, read interesting articles or watch trending videos. I have a personal approach and I create a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom in which you don't have to be afraid of making mistakes. You learn better when it's fun and you feel at ease!

 

 

Nadine

Teacher

Hello, my name is Nadine. So good you’d like to learn Dutch! I believe that mastering a language expands your world. It's a great experience when you suddenly understand everyone around you and the signs you see on the street. Questions from students make me look at my native language in a refreshing way. Love it! (The Dutch) Language fascinates me and I hope to pass on that fascination to my students. It’s important to learn with playfulness and curiosity and not from the frustration of not being able to and not knowing. You have to make mistakes in order to learn, in a relaxed atmosphere but focused. It gives me great satisfaction when I see that students make progress and speak Dutch with more confidence. I look forward to seeing you at ABC Dutch!

 

Karin D

Teacher

Hi, my name is Karin. I’ve been a teacher for more than 30 years. Teaching languages to teenagers and adults has been my most favourite activity. And it still is! I like teaching Dutch as a second language, because what you learn you can bring into practice the same day. The purpose is clear. Learning must be fun! My priority is a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in the classroom. Rotterdam has always been my hometown and I’m very fond of the city. However, traveling is my favourite hobby. In recent years I’ve been sailing in the Caribbean, meeting people from all over the world and communicating in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German.For me languages open the door to other cultures and meeting people.

 

Willem

Teacher

I'm Willem. After teaching psychology in higher education for 30 years (giving lectures - also to seniors; supervising script writers, fellow researchers and research interns) I decided to take a break from it for a while, after which I worked as a part-time care director (four years) and, in parallel , teacher of Dutch to non-native speakers (now for 10 years). I enjoy teaching Dutch and I listen to feedback and student's wishes to increase the quality of my lessons. I do my best to convey the grammar energetically and interactively, especially in a structured and effective manner (the many exceptions to language rules make that Dutch is sometimes experienced as a difficult language). I have a passion for travelling, writing and music. I look forward to seeing you at ABC Dutch!

 

Peter

Teacher

Hello, my name is Peter and I am a Dutchman with some Flemish blood. I am curious by nature and I’ve been an NT2 teacher since 2003 and have a background in both teaching Dutch as a second language and art.. In my younger days, I was a graphic designer. My life is filled with different languages and culture. I love meeting new people of different nationalities and teach them Dutch as clearly as possible. And of course, there’s a lot of fun, variety and interaction in my lessons. Together we will take your Dutch to a higher level.

 

Sherill

Teacher

Hi, I'm Sherill, one of the teachers at ABC Dutch. I have been teaching Dutch as a foreign language to new Rotterdammers for years. I love seeing and hearing that the students' self-confidence grows during the lessons, because Dutch remains a difficult language. With those annoying G sounds and the 'sjwa'. And why do there seem to be more exceptions than rules in Dutch? I am happy to help students with this with the help of the teaching materials, but also with appealing examples from practice, so that the knowledge acquired can be used immediately.