Improve your Dutch with the news

It’s a great way to improve your Dutch with the news in Dutch. You’ll learn a lot of new and relevant vocabulary and expressions in their context. It doesn’t take a lot of time to do it and when you are generally interested in what’s happening you will understand a lot from the context.
From a certain level it is one of the best and easiest ways to continuously improve your Dutch.

We’ll give you a list of ways how to follow the news in Dutch. We order them from easy to somewhat more challenging.

  • On a basic level (from A1) you can find articles about the news in easy Dutch on Wablieft.
  • You can follow the news on the radio on Radio1. It is the main radio station of the VRT the Belgian (Flemish) public radio and TV station.
  • Deredactie.be is your best starting point for all TV programs of the VRT. Here you will also find a lot of programs with background information.
  • A newspaper with easy to read articles, big pictures and headlines is Het Laatste Nieuws.
  • Metro is a FREE newspaper distributed in most of the Belgian public transportation stations. It brings the main topics from the news, some sports, entertainment and a lot of publicity. You can also use the app to download Metro
  • De Morgen is a quality newspaper known for it’s graphical design. We would say you have no problems to understand this newspaper when you’ve got the level B1.
  • For more economical items De Tijd is the newspaper to read.
  • The most challenging newspaper you will find is De Standaard. It is definitely a good choice if you want to aim for a B2-level.
  • For more background information you can switch to magazines. There are two are definitely worth mentioning. They are Knack for general information or Trends for a more economical perspective.

Using these tools will improve your Dutch learning a lot but don’t forget one thing. Only watching or reading (and understanding) the news is just consumption. It stays a passive way of learning. Effective learning consists out of active elements too.
The best would be if you would reproduce the words or expressions you hear and then gradually start to use them in slightly different contexts. This will help you to memorize and fully integrate the new vocabulary.

In our trainings we use a lot of tools to stimulate language learning. Among these are newspapers and television broadcasts. Students choose the item that fits their interest the most, they read it and tell us what they understood. After that we check vocabulary together and do an activity to integrate the vocabulary in your daily talk.

Are you interested to improve your Dutch in such a dynamic and active way too? Than contact us and get half an hour of FREE preliminary training to check out how we can help you to improve your Dutch.

 

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