Learn Dutch using podcasting

This podcast has been created to help you speak Dutch. Using irregular episodes you’ll learn how to speak the language, some information on the Netherlands and some useful tips. I onced aimed at presenting five minute episodes that are easy to follow, informative and fun! Now the podcasts are of irregular length, but generally somewhere around ten minutes. I don’t claim to bring you a perfect Dutch course, but just a fun way to pick up some sayings and learn about out beautiful nation at the same time.

Why is this podcast called Laura speaks Dutch? Well in 2006 I met Laura Davis in San Diego. We fell in love and I wanted her to know what type of work I do and what a podcast is. It helped with the endless long distance between us (more than 6,000 miles is not really easy to overcome). Since the Internet is an open medium quite rapidly other people joined the party and the podcast started to really live. Meanwhile a large group of people are enjoying the lessons and that’s a good thing.

Unfortunately the distance killed the relationship in the end, but both Laura and I feel the podcast is a fun and good thing. We are still good friends and as you can’t erase the beautiful memory of the times we had together in the US and the Netherlands, the podcast is still some testimonial to that. So after a short interruption I continued the episodes and they are now available nearly every week. I will make them as long as it is fun to do so and that is clearly the case at the moment.

The concept is simple: After a short introduction I take a subject and teach sentences that match the subject. I repeat each sentence three times in order to help you repeat that better. After that I repeat the whole lesson so you hear the story in a coherent setting. Recently I started to end the show with a question about a certain subject, where an expert explains the answer or sometimes I myself give the answer. This will help you understand the Netherlands and the Dutch somewhat better. I don’t make up the question, but the listeners do by replying to a story or sending me e-mail.

Enjoy the podcasts and feel free to respond by e-mail or as a comment under an episode.

5 thoughts on “Learn Dutch using podcasting”

  1. He Laura, nice to see that you are learning to speak Dutch! And welcome to the family! See you soon in the Netherlands.

  2. I found your podcasts on Apple’s website. I am really enjoying these, as I am married to a Dutchman, who speaks English, but who has not the patience to teach his wife! 🙂

  3. Hi,

    Encouragement outside of love is not really necessary, maar ik wil u vertellen dat ik vind uw podcast uitstekend! Ik vroeger woonde in Oss, Nederland een paar jaren geleden, en dit is een zeer goede manier voor me om mijn Nederlands te houden. Hartelijk bedankt!

  4. Hey, its Nick. I met you on a flight from Amsterdam to Cincinnatti in July!!!!! I hope your trip to Cali was great. I am going to start kearning Dutch, Laura style! Keep in touch


  5. I met a wonderful man in the DI.fm Trance Channel Forum from the Netherlands. I went to visit him this past June/July 2006. I took him to Sensation White! I had 17 glorious days/nights in your beautiful country. The Netherlands has outdoor air conditioning! At least that’s what it felt like to me, coming from very hot Central Texas. (102°F in the shade)

    I’m going back to visit again in April 2007 for your Flower Season. I can hardly wait! So I need to learn Dutch now. It’s time. I found your podcast in the iTunes store. This is great. The only thing I wish the beginning lesson had was the words spelled out. I like to learn how to read as I learn how to speak.

    Thank you again for your great little show. It’s exactly what I was looking for.

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