FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a complete beginner or only know a little bit of Dutch, it is best to start at level 1. When you have learned Dutch before, please click here to find out which level will suit you best.

The possibilities are endless! 🙂 It differs per student what works best, depending on both the time you need to digest the learned information as well as your own schedule. Each level takes one week. Some students take one level per month, others take two to six courses in a row. The Beginners Dutch Courses are usually the most intensive, because you have to get used to a completely new language. Therefore, it can be a good idea to take a break after level 3. But also this is very personal.

Usually it is best to sign up for one, two or three levels in a row, and see how you feel along the way. You can always decide to continue afterwards, as long as the follow-up courses are not full yet.

This is not something that I usually recommend, because it is often necessary to first digest the things you have learned. For some students this point comes after two weeks, for others after six.

Exceptions can occur among native speakers of German or Afrikaans, because these languages are very close to the Dutch language – in this case it is sometimes possible to follow all levels in one row.

Usually it is best to sign up for one, two or three levels in a row, and see how you feel along the way. You can always decide to continue afterwards, as long as the follow-up courses are not full yet.

Students that would like to pass the Inburgerinsexamen (A2 level), can best continue to level 4. When necessary, you can book some additional private lessons to prepare yourself for the exams. Keep in mind that the group courses at Zamaradi only focus on the language skills (speaking, reading, listening, talking), and that the Inburgerinsexamen also contains a test on knowledge of the Dutch society. That being said, we will of course also come into contact with the Dutch lifestyle in our courses, and fortunately there are some good books on the market that will tell you everything you need to know for this specific test. 🙂

There are two different programs within the Nt2 Staatsexamen. For Programma I (B1) it is best to continue to the (advanced) Gevorderden level. For Programma II (B2) it is best to take the (advanced) Specialisten level. When necessary, you can book some additional private lessons to prepare yourself for the exams.

 

You can participate in the Gevorderden level as often as is necessary to reach B2 level. This is different for everyone: some students need more time for the final steps than others, based on their native language, their experience with other foreign languages, their feeling for the language and the amount of Dutch they hear around them in everyday life. The content of the Gevorderden level is different each time the course takes place, so you can come back as often as you like.

If you would like to reach the Specialisten level (B2+), it is important that you practise your Dutch on a daily basis. At the end of each Gevorderden course, you will receive recommendations on how to practise when you are in between courses.

You can participate in the Specialisten level as often as you like. Some students might come back every 1-2 months to keep improving and specialising, whilst others only come back once a year to maintain the level that they have reached (B2 or higher). Even when you speak a (foreign) language fluently, it is important to pay some attention to the maintenance of your skills. The content of the Gevorderden level is different each time the course takes place.      

No, Zamaradi is specialised in intensive language learning. If you want to know why, you can read more information here.

Because of the intensive nature of Zamaradi’s Dutch courses, I do not recommend to combine them with a full-time job. Besides the two hours of class each day, you will also spend two hours on self-study to benefit as much as possible from the course. That is why the courses are not offered in the evening.
Some working students take half days off from work in order to participate in the course.

For students of the intensive group courses, it is possible to book additional private lessons, for example if you want to bridge a gap between courses, when you are struggling with certain topics, or if you want to explore the professional jargon of your working field in Dutch. It is also possible to book some private lessons in order to prepare for an exam, like the Inburgeringsexamens or the Staatsexamen Nt2 (I & II).

Due to the high demand for private classes and the limited available time slots, it is only possible to book private lessons for students of the intensive group courses. Click here to learn more about the additional private lessons.

It is possible to cancel or change your registration until 7 days prior to the starting date of the course. When there are 0 to 7 days prior to the starting date of the course, or when the course has already started, it is no longer possible to cancel or change your registration. Please read the general terms and conditions to learn more about the register and cancellation process.

The courses take place in a virtual classroom on Zoom. This means that you can follow the classes from wherever you are located. 

 

In case you miss a class, you can catch up by yourself with help of the study materials and the teacher’s notes.

When you are learning a new language, the best is to have one hour of self-study for each contact hour with a teacher. That means that you will spend about two hours of self-study per day during the course. Keep in mind that ‘the more the better’ definitely applies here: when you try to immerse yourself as much as possible during the intensive courses, you will benefit most from them. Besides the homework and vocabulary exercises, you can also listen to Dutch music and/or audio books, watch Dutch television and read Dutch (children) books.

If you want to, you can receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. Please keep in mind that in the Netherlands, you can only receive an official Dutch language level certificate by passing one of the governmental exams (Nt2 Staatexamen).

In order to protect the amount of personal attention that each student receives, it is not possible to squeeze in a 7th student in the group. When the course of your liking is full, you can send an e-mail to info@zamaradi.nl to be put on the waiting list.

If one of the registered students of a course cancels their registration, their spot will be offered to the first student on the waiting list. You can accept or decline the offer within 48 hours. If you decline the spot, or if you do not reply within 48 hours, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Why people choose Zamaradi

Small Groups

In groups of 3 to 6 students, you will get all the personal attention that you need.

Comfort

Together we create an open atmosphere, where you can feel at ease.

Affordable pricing

…with sustainable results. Intensive courses for only €149 per level.

Flexibility

New courses are starting every week, throughout the whole year.