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19 September 2018

The Netherlands—a hotspot for learning German

In any given week this summer, almost half of the students learning German were not Dutch and had seemingly no connection whatsoever to the Netherlands. So how did they end up at Regina Coeli for their foreign language training?

11 September 2018

Learning Dutch at the kitchen table and in museums

Most people know Regina Coeli thanks to our “week with the Nuns” concept. At times, clients have somewhat unique training requests, which we do not at all mind because we then get the opportunity to rise to the challenge. Fifteen-year-old Dafna Heule’s programme is a good example of a course that was composed entirely according to the client’s needs.

20 August 2018

How much does speaking a language pay?

There are loads of articles on how pleasant it is to speak multiple foreign languages, how good it is for your brain and how enriching it is for your life. But does knowledge of a foreign language literally enrich you as well? In other words, does speaking a foreign language have financial benefits?

20 August 2018

Correct word order in Dutch sentences

The structure of Dutch sentences is something that many people who learn Dutch struggle with. That is not surprising. While many languages have a fixed sentence structure, Dutch has three! In this article, we look at the general rules concerning Dutch sentence structures.

20 August 2018

The difference between ser and estar

One of the first things you discover when you start learning Spanish is that there are two words for the verb ‘to be’: ser and estar. So in Spanish—to paraphrase Shakespeare—the question is: ‘to be or to be’? In this article we briefly explain when you use one and when you use the other.

20 August 2018

Learn Chinese through Pinyin

When you think of Chinese, do you also immediately think of complicated characters that look more like drawings than words? This can make learning Chinese seem like trying break through an impenetrable fortress, which is why the Chinese came up with something quite clever in the 1950s: pinyin. We gratefully make use of this in our Chinese language courses at Regina Coeli.


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