Studio Studeo is a video course, which deals with the differences between the Dutch spoken in the Netherlands and the Dutch spoken in Belgium (in other
words Flemish). The course is made by Tom Raes from Belgium and me, Bart de Pau, from the Netherlands. The good news for any Dutch learner is that the differences are just very small. You will absolutely not have any problem if you learnt Dutch in one country, to use
it in the other. The difference is mainly the accent (you will
hear it) and some specific words. You can compare it with the difference between
UK and US English. How did we set up this course? We have 10 episodes. Each episode is a conversation between Tom
and me. And we talk about the differences in the language, but we also cover some general differences
between the Netherlands and Belgium, or more specifically: Flanders which is the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The conversation is in Dutch, but we speak
very slowly, so that even students who are just above beginner
level, will be able to understand. In the video, you will see the Dutch text
of the conversation. And in youtube, you can add the English subtitles – by pushing
the CC button. So you can see the sentences in both languages
at once, and that may be a great help in studying the
language. The transcripts of the conversations in Dutch and the English translation, you can find
on Attention: this course is NOT about dialects. Because learning dialects would be almost
impossible for a foreigner. There are hundreds of dialects. People from one region in Belgium have difficulties to understand people from other regions within
Belgium and the same for the Netherlands. So this course is about the official language, as for example is used on television. Oh yeah, just to give a hint to understand
the humor in the videos. The Dutch traditionally make fun of the intellectual
capacities of the Belgians. And the Belgians make fun of the Dutch for
being greedy. Have fun with the course!