How to Improve Your Dutch Listening Skills

Understanding the spoken language is quite different from understanding the written language. As children, we learn our native language through listening and repeating. Years later, we learn to read and write.

When we learn a second language, we go the other way around. We first learn how the words are written, and then how they are pronounced. If you don't practice your listening skills, you won't understand a spoken sentence, even if you understand the same sentence when you read it. In order to overcome that pitfall, you have to incorporate some listening practice in your language practice.

Methods to Practice Listening

Listening is the most fun language skill to practice. All you have to do is to listen to the radio, and watch TV or movies. Numerous Dutch radio and TV programs are available via the Internet. Just Google the keywords: Nederlandse tv via internet or Nederlandse radio online.

Watching movies in Dutch is a fantastic way to practice your listening skills, especially if you can turn on the subtitles. You can find Dutch movies in iTunes and Netflix. There are several combinations possible with the subtitles, in your own language or in Dutch. Moreover, you can watch a movie in English with Dutch subtitles. This won't improve your Dutch listening skills, but you will learn new words.

Vocabulary and grammar are essential in learning a new language. Working on your vocabulary and grammar plays an important role in improving your listening skills. is a dynamic platform to practice Dutch vocabulary and grammar. 1300+ exercises are provided for free at

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Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Updated on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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