4. How can you prepare for this exam?A. The news
: A handy tool if you're starting from scratch is the NOS jeugdjournaal
, where they take newsitems from the general news and simplify it for children. Its one of the best places to find native narration for beginners.
Once the challenge wears off, then move on to watching the regular news
Watch daily and make and assess your ability to understand the general context of the information. If there is something you don't understand, ask a native speaker or your Dutch trainer to explain it to you.
B. Activate a native: Improve your abilities further by asking any Dutch natives you have around, to only speak Dutch to you. At first you can reply in English and as you progress, eventually you should switch over to replying in Dutch. It's a relatively slow process and you should pick a few words or phrases daily and use them in your conversations. If the native uses words you don't understand, ask them to explain in Dutch, and try to use the newly learned words yourself as much as you can.
C. Dutch TV
: Watch Dutch television, especially series. In the beginning use English subtitles to familiarise yourself with the basics. As you rely less on the subtitles, change them to Dutch subtitles. Being able to read and hear the same text, helps a tremendous amount when learning any new language as you involve more senses in the process. If you have the time, we would recommend watching each episode, or scene, twice. The first time with English subtitles for context and directly theirafter with Dutch subtitles.
Here is a list of some popular Dutch series
D. Music: Listen to some Dutch music. You can find some great Dutch songs
As with series, follow te lyrics while you play the songs. Be aware that songs often use poetic license and colloquial terminology which might sometimes be a bit difficult to understand. When in doubt it is best to ask your language trainer for more clarity about the song, rather than confuse your learning process.
E. Learn Dutch Online
: If going through it alone is too challenging you can always sign up for our beginners and intermediate courses
that have been designed to aid you in achieving B1 level. The multi-media you will work with is designed to not only prepare you for the exam but for actual use in daily life. Together with your dedicated trainer you will look and listen to clips about day to day life in the Netherlands while being assessed on your abilities. Feel free to contact us
for more information.
F. Practice exams:
You can always check your progress by filling out the practice exams