Client experiences

Private and small group lessons Dutch for Expats

Elizabeth from Greece: I have now been taking Dutch lessons with Sophia for 2 years. My schedule has been inconsistent and sometime unpredictable, but Sophia has always been extremely accommodating and understanding. Learning a new language while moving to a new country and caring for small children has proved to be challenging. Sophia has managed to make it enjoyable. The lessons feel less like classroom time and more like conversations with a friend. She has not only taught to speak Dutch, but is also always available to explain and help me with learning and appreciating the Dutch culture. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude which has been extremely encouraging for me. Sophia is a great fit as a teacher for myself and I highly recommend her for any expat trying to learn Dutch.                                                                                                                                                                              

Marina from Brazil: Sophia is a great tutor, very knowledgeable and always in a good mood. I am a Portuguese speaker and Dutch can be a challenging language but I feel much more comfortable when exposed to it after my lessons with her. I took online classes and they were very convenient and I do not feel like I have missed out on anything (at all). I highly recommend Sophia as a tutor.                                                                                                                                        

Helene from the USA: The lessons have been extremely helpful and I have been able to communicate with the contractors.  I was able to present to my project team in Dutch on more than one occasion.  Overall I believe it was a success and I would like to thank you. Again, I would like to thank you for your patience and for teaching me Dutch.  

Rebecca from the UK: For me Sophia was an excellent teacher , introducing me to the Dutch Language with passion and skill. Sophia has an approachable, patient and encouraging personality, and inspired me to make progress with her positive attitude and openness. Learning a language was new to me, and Sophia brought the process to light, and made it accessible for me and I always looked forward to my lessons with her. Overall, I feel lucky to have had her as my teacher! Thanks a lot! 

Emma, from Sweden: I have been taking private lessons with Sophia for 9 months and she has helped me improve my Dutch a lot. Her approach is very good and works perfectly for me! Not only have I learned a lot of Dutch, but I also really enjoy getting lessons from Sophia as she is friendly and fun. I feel that Sophia has tailor-made lessons for my needs and she is very flexible. My goal has been to understand the language and be able to converse.  I did not want to focus on heavy grammar lessons or spelling, but rather conversational learning. When I started lessons with Sophia, we talked about my goals and purpose for wanting to learn Dutch, which Sophia then applies to our lessons. I feel that Sophia has a practical approach to our lessons, and teaches me Dutch that I can apply in everyday life. I highly recommend taking lessons with Sophia!

Ivan from Russia: Sophia is a great teacher - knowledgeable in Dutch at native speaker level, professional in Dutch laguage science, well equipped with efficient teaching techniques. She is friendly, flexible and customer-focused. It all helped me and my wife to master essentials of Dutch pretty soon so that already after a few months of classes we are able to carry out basic talks with locals. Highly recommended for foreigners willing to learn Dutch!                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Nicole from Germany: I started my Dutch course via Skype in March 2017 and I really enjoyed it. Sophia is very positive and teaches in a cool way. I have learnt a lot and I never had the feeling of being under pressure. She always gives me a good feeling and a lot of input about the Netherlands, the Dutch people and habits which is very interesting for my because I moved here a year ago. I really liked that we talk a lot and don’t focus too much on writing (because I am not good at it J). Moreover I have the feeling that I learnt the grammar “on the go” although it is hard for me to remember everything. But it’s a lot of fun to learn Dutch with Sophia. She knows what she is doing. And, I really like that we arrange our appointments 1:1 and that the appointments are not inflexible. Sophia, thank you very much for the time we spent together although I only saw you on Skype and not in person ;) But this possibility made it even easier for me to learn Dutch :) Thank you!                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Ceyla from Turkey: Sophia is deeply in love with her profession. She understands the learning preferences of her students very well and always comes with creative ideas engaging students at all times. She observes students very well during the lesson and constantly motivates them to challenge their limits. She is very resourceful and always ties the content with daily life and gives good advice on how to study, learn and practice the language. I recommend Sophia to anyone who is willing to really learn and speak Dutch in a fun, practical atmosphere with high engagement.                                                                                       

Joni from Finland: I highly recommend Sophia as a language teacher. She was my Dutch tutor and my experiences with her were only positive. She was supportive and encouraging, and she adapted her teaching methods according to my preferences. She is not only a great teacher, but also a really nice person with whom it is easy to get along with.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Whitney from the USA: Sophia is a wonderful Dutch teacher! Not only did she use creative, interesting, and effective methods to make sure we were comprehending the material, but she made sure that the lessons incorporated cultural content as well. What we learned from our time with Sophia was an integral part of our integration into Dutch life. Sophia is fun, caring, and very interesting! I felt that she always cared about our learning and also about us as her students. She has a passion for teaching and a contagious smile. I highly recommend her!                                                                                                                            

Dirk from Germany: As a German expat in the Netherlands, I really enjoyed having my language classes with Sophia. On a weekly basis I had my lessons with Sophia, which was always feeling like a nice conversation, where I not only learned about the language, but also about the Dutch history and culture. Sophia’s friendly and patient attitude made the lessons always enjoyable. My aim was to hold prepared presentations in Dutch after 1 year, which I finally managed with the great help of Sophia. I can highly recommend her as a teacher. Thanks again!                                                                                                        

Marie from Philippines: Creative. Passionate. Productive. These are three of the great number of qualities Sophia has demonstrated consistently up to present. Currently active at the global technology company Oracle at its Amsterdam office, I've been having the opportunity to work with Sophia as my teacher for Dutch language and culture since my arrival in the Netherlands as an expatriate. If you are seeking for someone who can prove solid work experience with clients of globally well-known brands across diverse industries, for someone with excellent education - Sophia will be a highly suitable teacher for you. But if you are looking for someone who has far more to offer than what is written on paper, for someone who is genuinely interested in her students and their personal development and deeply passionate about what she does - then Sophia is perfect for you. With every lesson we have, Sophia has inspired and motivated me to learn and study hard that our lessons - although highly structured and productive - become more a pleasure than a chore to me. I highly recommend Sophia in all her future endeavors to companies of all sizes, across industries because a part from being professionally suitable, she is a pleasure to work with and genuinely dedicated with all her heart. 

Brian from Denmark: I had the pleasure of having Sophia as a tutor. Even with a minimum of preparation before the lessons, I was able to engage in Dutch conversations within a short time. Besides being very skillful, Sophia is always in a good mood and have a very positive attitude. The lessons was more friendly conversations than actual lessons. Finally, Sophia is always flexible when it comes to fitting the lessons into a busy schedule.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Kartik from India: Ik wil graag deze brief als een referentie voor mijn lerares Nederlandse van het afgelopen jaar, mevrouw Sophia schrijven. Omdat ik al eerder in Nederland heb gewoond, had ik al enige kennis van de taal, maar wilke ik mijn grammatica en woordenscat verbeteren. Sophia heeft een zeer flexibele manier van lesgeven die is afgestemd op elke student. Door het gebruik van de Delftse Methode hebben we ons niet alleen gericht op de taal, maar ook geleerd over de Nederlandse bevolking en cultuur. Sophia heeft een zeer goede kennis van de Nederlandse taal. Haar moedertaal is niet Nederlands en daarom help dit haar te begrijpen hoe het beste om een buitenlandse student te leren. Ik zou Sophia graag willen aan bevelen voor iemand die Nederlands wil leren of verbeteren.   

Edyta from Poland: Mrs. Riemersma has been my Dutch language teacher for remaining half a year during my assignment in Mars Netherlands. At all times I have found her to be as helpful as possible with my learning journey. Dutch language was from the beginning quite a challenge for me. Thanks to her involvement and attitude it was possible for me to gain basic skills to communicate in everyday life. I was satisfied with selected learning method and the way the lessons were organized. Sophia was flexible enough to provide more ‘face to face’ lessons instead of skype on my request. Personally I find Sophia also as very nice and positive person to work with. I'm happy to provide further information if required.    

Kevin from the USA: I would like to recommend Sophia as a teacher for the Dutch language. Sophia started teaching me the Dutch language in June 2014. She is a talented and very patient teacher. Her enthusiastic way of teaching the Dutch language is very motivating. I enjoyed working with Sophia and would recommend her as a teacher.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Monika from India: Sophia is a gifted instructor. She has many years of experience as a Dutch Instructor, she knows a variety of creative teaching methods to ensure you learn what you need to. Her calming personality makes you feel completely comfortable, even when you're making mistakes. She is always encouraging and positive. She goes out of her way to help you out. She's one of those persons who are in love with their profession.                                        

Anja from Germany: It is my sincere pleasure to write this recommendation for Sophia. I have known Sophia as my Dutch tutor for the past year. I initially started with 15 online languages classes but quickly decided to keep Sophia as my tutor throughout the whole period as Sophia is an excellent Dutch teacher. At first, I was able to choose between different teaching methods which I found very pleasant and motivating. Sophia’s engaging personality kept my motivation up throughout the whole teaching period. In a short period of time Sophia empowered me to speak, listen and write in a language that was completely new to me. In addition to the Dutch language, I learned a lot about the Dutch way of life and was fascinated how Sophia made me feel comfortable to discuss various issues in Dutch. Moreover, Sophia established clear objectives for each lesson which made it very convenient for me to prepare the lesson. I greatly appreciated Sophia’s availability and patience to answer all sorts of questions - especially very pointed Dutch grammar questions. I also would like to highlight Sophia’s flexibility and understanding. Sophia didn’t hesitate to adapt her lesson when she realized that I was interested in a specific topic. I will truly miss our Dutch lessons!