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What is my level?

We use five levels at the Dutch Language Café:

  1. Total beginner (~A0)
  2. Beginner (~A1)
  3. Intermediate (~A2-B1)
  4. Advanced (~B1-B2)
  5. Near-Native (~C1+)

They correspond roughly to CEFR language levels, but we put more emphasis on speaking and real-world ability, and less on vocabulary and grammar knowledge.

Answer these questions to find your level

1. Do you know basic Dutch grammar and vocabulary?

For example, you know how to say in Dutch:
“I am thirty years old.”
“The boy wants a red apple.”
“Yesterday we went with a car.”


Yes? Proceed to next question
No? We classify you as a ‘complete beginner’.
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2. Are you able to have basic conversations using only Dutch and no English?

When someone speaks slowly with you, you are able to have full conversation using only Dutch. You would be comfortable and confident attending language café events where everyone speaks only Dutch.


Yes? Proceed to next question
No? We classify you as a ‘beginner’.
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3. Do you use Dutch in most of your daily life?

For example, you speak Dutch in restaurants, while doing your sport or hobby, when speaking to Dutch colleagues or friends and you watch Dutch television, listen to Dutch radio, read Dutch books and so on.

Yes? Proceed to next question
No? We classify you as ‘intermediate’.
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4. Are you almost indistinguishable from a native speaker?

You are able to speak with natives at full speed, with little errors and without a strong accent. You can use Dutch in complex situations, for example at work. You are sometimes mistaken for a native speaker.

Yes? We classify you as ‘near-native’.
No? We classify you as a ‘advanced’.
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Our recommendations

Check below the recommendations for your level!

Complete beginnersFollow the beginners course, then enter the community
BeginnersLike a challenge and diving in the deep end? Join the community right away
Prefer more guidance and support to get started? Follow the beginners course first
IntermediatesEnter the community.
AdvancedEnter the community. Looking for extra challenge? Try our advanced events such as the ‘book club’, start your own activity and lead it in Dutch, or try volunteering in Dutch!

Not sure? Come by for a level assessment!

Fill in the form below and come by for a free brief level assessment

Note: The goal of the assessment is to get an overall feel of your level and whether or not you are ready to enter community events. It is not a formal level assessment :). We will not indicate level according to standard framework (A1-A2 and so on)