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New “Hoi Holland!” app helps students learn Dutch

12 June 2015, 09:40

The “Hoi Holland!” app was recently launched, allowing students to learn the basics of the Dutch language quickly and easily through the palm of their hand, before they even arrive in the country. The app is designed to help students from abroad connect with the Dutch language, culture, and people early on in order to make their transition to living in the Netherlands much smoother.

Students of Tilburg UniversityOver 70,000 international students come to the Netherlands to study each year. They contribute to the Dutch economy and often end up staying in the country after they complete their study. The “Hoi Holland!” app was recently launched, allowing students to learn the basics of the Dutch language quickly and easily through the palm of their hand, before they even arrive in the country.

The app is designed to help students from abroad connect with the Dutch language, culture, and people early on in order to make their transition to living in the Netherlands much smoother.

A “serious game”

Hoi Holland! is a so-called serious game that uses realistic situations to teach students words and phrases they can use in very practical interactions, such as getting a train ticket in Schiphol, asking for directions while travelling, or simply ordering a cup of coffee. Dutch culture is also thrown into the app, with words relating to bicycling in the cities and ordering sides such as bitterballen with you drink, or borrel, being taught.

The aim of the app is to entice international students coming to study in the Netherlands to spend some time learning a bit of the local language. While many Dutch people speak fluent English, familiarising oneself with Dutch can be a great benefit for new students. It often makes interacting at the grocery store or in a restaurant a more enjoyable experience and is a great opportunity for students who wish to find a job during, and especially after, they complete their study. Knowing at least the basics of Dutch can be a requirement for internships and other work-study options as well.

Where to find Hoi Holland!

Hoi Holland! is a well-designed and fun game that has different levels and characters can make learning Dutch a fun experience that students can participate in whenever is most convenient for them through whatever device they choose. It was developed by EP Nuffic as part of the Dutch national “Make it in the Netherlands!” programme and is available for download through both the iOS and Android app stores.

Learn more and download the Hoi Holland! appRead also about studying Dutch and English languages in Holland.

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