Dutch in Dialog
Dutch in Dialog
 

Ambassadors and senior diplomats:
the business of effective relations

A strong diplomatic mission that is attuned to the subtleties of local culture will be more effective in advancing trade and other bilateral advantages. Knowledge of language, (business) customs and cultural mores give such interactions the edge.

At Dutch in Dialogue, we know from experience that our diplomatic clients have very specific needs. We discuss the complexity of Dutch society and its subcultures thoroughly. By helping you to fully comprehend these complexities, we will help you build even more effective relationships. You will converse easily and with authority on major topics such as politics, business development and cooperation on today’s important cross-border issues like crime.

BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE NETHERLANDS

I count myself as a very satisfied customer of Dutch in Dialogue.

I started with a course of one-on-one lessons, usually weekly. The instructor very effectively grasped my existing strengths and weaknesses in the language, and we worked intensively on the latter. I found that we were able to make good progress, largely thanks to the professionalism of the instructor. The lessons were invariably thorough and well-prepared.

Immediately before my exam I did 48 hours of intensive training, on a residential basis in Oosterbeek. I found this an exceptionally valuable experience. The days were extremely well planned. What could have been a gruelling or monotonous experience was in practice anything but: the pace and shape of the tuition was skilfully varied. I felt I made considerable progress in a short time.

At the end of the day I passed quite a demanding exam; more to the point, I feel that I now have the means to use Dutch when I need to in my working life. I’m very grateful to Dutch in Dialogue for making that possible. The key to their success, I think, is that they listen to the student, and gear their tuition very directly to his or her professional needs. Long may such a bespoke service continue.

British Civil Servant at the British Embassy:

'In making the leap from Intermediate to Operational fluency, I attended a week-long intensive immersion course with Marjo Jaski
and Geert van de Ven in Oosterbeek, and then received weekly lessons from Marjo in The Hague for several months.  Without fail my lessons were incredibly thorough, tailored to my own learning needs and the requirements of my eventual role in the embassy, and fully interactive – including trips to local museums and meetings with Dutch professionals.  Marjo and Geert also produce their own learning material for every lesson, which was both high quality and very useful.  I find myself referring back to this regularly when I need a refresher! 

I would absolutely recommend Dutch in Dialogue to anyone, including those needing to reach a high standard of professional Dutch. Marjo and Geert are highly skilled teachers who bring a great deal of experience, enthusiasm and energy into all their lessons – they’re a pleasure to learn from!'

British Defence Attaché to the Benelux countries:

‘As a senior diplomat in the British Embassy, in a little over 6 months, Dutch in Dialogue’s Marjo Jaski took me from 'no Dutch' to a position where I was comfortable in a conversation, and able to hold my own in the professional environment. Marjo is a great teacher, who is accomplished at tailoring her teaching to a given senior professional environment. I would very strongly recommend her.’

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A strong diplomatic mission that is attuned to the subtleties of local culture will be more effective in advancing trade and other bilateral advantages. Knowledge of language, (business) customs and cultural mores give such interactions the edge.

At Dutch in Dialogue, we know from experience that our diplomatic clients have very specific needs. We discuss the complexity of Dutch society and its subcultures thoroughly. By helping you to fully comprehend these complexities, we will help you build even more effective relationships. You will converse easily and with authority on major topics such as politics, business development and cooperation on today’s important cross-border issues like crime.

BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE NETHERLANDS

I count myself as a very satisfied customer of Dutch in Dialogue.

I started with a course of one-on-one lessons, usually weekly. The instructor very effectively grasped my existing strengths and weaknesses in the language, and we worked intensively on the latter. I found that we were able to make good progress, largely thanks to the professionalism of the instructor. The lessons were invariably thorough and well-prepared.

Immediately before my exam I did 48 hours of intensive training, on a residential basis in Oosterbeek. I found this an exceptionally valuable experience. The days were extremely well planned. What could have been a gruelling or monotonous experience was in practice anything but: the pace and shape of the tuition was skilfully varied. I felt I made considerable progress in a short time.

At the end of the day I passed quite a demanding exam; more to the point, I feel that I now have the means to use Dutch when I need to in my working life. I’m very grateful to Dutch in Dialogue for making that possible. The key to their success, I think, is that they listen to the student, and gear their tuition very directly to his or her professional needs. Long may such a bespoke service continue.

British Civil Servant at the British Embassy:

'In making the leap from Intermediate to Operational fluency, I attended a week-long intensive immersion course with Marjo Jaski
and Geert van de Ven in Oosterbeek, and then received weekly lessons from Marjo in The Hague for several months.  Without fail my lessons were incredibly thorough, tailored to my own learning needs and the requirements of my eventual role in the embassy, and fully interactive – including trips to local museums and meetings with Dutch professionals.  Marjo and Geert also produce their own learning material for every lesson, which was both high quality and very useful.  I find myself referring back to this regularly when I need a refresher! 

I would absolutely recommend Dutch in Dialogue to anyone, including those needing to reach a high standard of professional Dutch. Marjo and Geert are highly skilled teachers who bring a great deal of experience, enthusiasm and energy into all their lessons – they’re a pleasure to learn from!'

British Defence Attaché to the Benelux countries:

‘As a senior diplomat in the British Embassy, in a little over 6 months, Dutch in Dialogue’s Marjo Jaski took me from 'no Dutch' to a position where I was comfortable in a conversation, and able to hold my own in the professional environment. Marjo is a great teacher, who is accomplished at tailoring her teaching to a given senior professional environment. I would very strongly recommend her.’

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