About Laura speaks Dutch

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.

26 thoughts on “About Laura speaks Dutch”

  1. great website! read about it this evening in “living” and went right to the site. i’m a canadian married to a dutchy and living in assen for almost 6yrs now. wish this kind of site was available yrs ago when i was in the planning stages of moving over. i’m a dutch citizen now and speak the language quite well (so i’ve been told)…i still think language is best learned when a want and need are there…like in my case moving to the netherlands and getting a dutch-only job 9mths after my arrival (YIKES!)…that being said…this is the very next best!

    good luck to both of you…i know how hard it is to be far from the one you love.


  2. Hoi,
    Thanks for keeping the podcast going! Thanks also for giving us the written texts on the website. There is so much crammed into each episode that it helps to listen and read along as well. Laura with the Queen!!

  3. Great website! I thinks you’re doing a great job teaching people the basics of Dutch. I’m living in South Africa and have never been to visit my Dad’s family in Nederland. I am planning a trip there soon and it would be great if you could do a podcast about meeting family for the first time – telling them what I do, what I like, and so on. (Family things)

    Carry on with the good work!


  4. Great website! I thinks you’re doing a great job teaching people the basics of Dutch. I’m living in South Africa and have never been to visit my Dad’s family in Nederland. I am planning a trip there soon and it would be great if you could do a podcast about meeting family for the first time – telling them what I do, what I like, and so on. (Family things)

    Carry on with the good work!

  5. Hallo!

    Great podcast! I’m so glad I found it. I’m only at episode 9, but it’s keep getting better. I’m from Israel but my family from my mother’s side are from Leeuwarden. Love the NL!
    Keep up the good work.

    Bedankt en tot horen,
    Joel, Israel

  6. You are excellent! I spent wonderful semester in Belgium and learn little bit of Dutch. Your podcast helps me to remember those wonderful days, keep warm memories in my head and further improve my Dutch. Thank you and keep going.

  7. I only recent found your site – and love it! I practised this song for my father’s birthday yesterday, and I think sung it quite well! I live in Australia and my father’s family is from Netherlands. I plan to visit the rest of our family next year with my father. So I’m practicing hard. Thank you this is just so helpful and thank you for your efforts.

  8. Hoi!
    Thanks for making this site. its brilliant! One question / favour though, could you possible attach to each podcast written form/dialog so I can listen and see text at the same time? This would help in learning not only spoken but written Dutch.
    thanks in advance
    prettig dag en groetjes!

  9. Hey,
    thanks for these wonderful small storys, that makes learning much easyer. When i visit Utrecht i hear your podcast on the way and when i arrive i am ready to speak šŸ™‚
    michaela from berlin, germany

  10. Hoi šŸ™‚

    Nice job the podcast is great! I’m only at episode 9 but catching up fast.:D Thanks for making it. I’ve been in The Netherlands for a year and now that I came back I started a Dutch course šŸ˜› kind of stoopid not to do it when i was actually there, but anyway…. better later then never.

    Wish you and Laura the best and nice to read that you are still together – what a love story šŸ™‚

    groetjes uit Hongarij

  11. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a couple of months now and love it. I studied dutch at university and always really enjoyed the language but I have not kept up with it. The podcast has reignited my interest. Keep up the good work. One suggestion: Repeating the entire dialog in dutch at the end of each episode would be very helpful in getting the rhythm of the language.

    Dank U wel en tot horens

  12. I found your podcasts when downloading some material to learn Dutch.. I found your website when I heard you give the URL in the first lesson. Thanks for the lessons, they are quite entertaining, and I enjoy listening to them immensely. I am planning on visiting some friends in Belgium in 2-3 years, and am determined to learn the beautiful language as well as I can for when I visit them. Keep up the excellent work!

  13. We just started 2BDutch. 2BDutch wants to help non-dutch to learn about the dutch culture and language. To achieve that goal, we use online available dutch webvideos (from Google and YouTube) and give them multiple subtitles. So everyone should be able to understand the videos. The webvideo’s can be used to practise dutch listening skills and to increase the vocabulary.

    We are still looking for people that want to help us with subtitles and suggestions for online available webvideo’s. And we invite people to let us know how they experience the concept.

    Be welcome to visit our site: ( http://www.2bdutch.nl)!

  14. Great little place to get acquainted with basic Dutch and how it is spoken. Please continue the podcasts and continue with more grammar and some vocabulary.

  15. Just wanted to thank you for putting this great pod cast on Dutch so up beginners can begin to learn what’s important in gasping a new! language.


    Vern Scott Kennedy

  16. Incredible site!!

    Please keep it up as long as the sun shines….

    Hartelijke bedankt voor jouw geweldig hulp!

  17. My Dutch wife and I are looking to move (back) to Holland, so I surfed the net to find help.
    As I use an iPod regularly I thought I’d check the App store. I have downloaded all of them from “Greetings” to “Wedding speeches”. I am listening to them as I commute. They are a welcome break from the other teach-yourself course.
    Very enjoyable. Well done.
    PS Anyone got a job for me?

  18. Every morning when I get ready I listen to your podcast! Thanks so much for making the effort to create this! As a Brit living in Asia and married to a Dutch man, it helps me become acclimatised to his culture and family.
    I do have one suggestion! How about if I go food shopping? How do I ask for things? Also, some vocab on food would be nice…:-)
    Also, going out to a restaurant…?
    If you have time to help with that, that would be nice!
    Many thanks again!

  19. Hello!
    Iā€™m just found out about this podcast and I love it!
    I went to Holland (Amsterdam) last summer and I completely fall in love with the country. Iā€™m even planning to move over there and your lessons are given me the basics on Dutch!
    I a little bit hard to repeat all the sentences (the soccer lesson was a little bit difficult but really fun!) but Im triying to do it every day. And I love it to because is not only a good way to learn some Dutch but also to know things about your wonderfull country.
    I know that you began this podcast four years ago, but still fun and easy!
    Thanks from Caracas, Venezuela!

  20. Hi! I’ve started learning Dutch so I can’t speak very well, but your website helps me a lot with that! I love your podcasts and every single lesson. There are incredible.;)
    Thank you so much!

    Greetings for you and Laura from (southern) Poland! šŸ™‚


    ps sorry for my english- I don’t speak fluent.

  21. This site is awesome!!! I am planning on moving to Holland in a few months and this will definitely help me to become acclimated to the Dutch language/culture. I just downloaded all of the lessons onto my iPhone

    Dank u wel. Tot ziens

  22. Hello Brenno,
    You probably get thousands of these……………
    I really like your lessons. I live in New Zealand, a colony of Holland without the culture, (or any culture come to think of it). I was brought up with Dutch immigrants in the 1950’s and the language is easy for my ears.
    My Princess bride and I have had enough of the rat race and the cultural vacuum that is 21st century New Zealand, so we have bought a Dutch canal boat in Amsterdam and we will be sailing off into a Netherlands sunset. This is quite crazy because we do not earn very much money here in this low wage economy, but we have dreams and that is worth millions. You are helping us to prepare for that jungle called Holland. Thankyou so much for that and I’m really sorry that it didn’t work out with Laura. I met my Anna when she was fifteen and our passion has been exponential since then. When it’s right, it’s awesome. When it’s not, you compromise.
    But, many thanks again and if you want to stay somewhere in NZ, give us a call.
    Paul Restall

  23. Oh… I am sorry to hear you and Laura ended your romantic relationship, but I am happy to know you keep being friends. I wish you all the best in whichever ways God may guide both of you.

  24. Dank je voor je website. Ik ben treurig geworden met de verhaal over je vaders dood. Hij heeft een heel goede mens moeten zijn om zo’n zoon te hebben gevoed. Ik studeer Nederlands al vijf jaar maar pas nu heb ik je site ontdekt. Die is een echt schat voor mensen die deze mooie taal willen leren.

  25. What a great website. I really hope you can continue to make more, even though it’s been a few years. Thank you so much šŸ˜€ Tot ziens šŸ™‚

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A podcast aimed at teaching you the Dutch language