Taalhuis Amsterdam is a house for languages, located in the heart of Amsterdam, where you can learn and improve your Dutch and Mediterranean languages. We are a team of language lovers and we have a thrill for text, literature, grammar, culture and …. coffee.
We offer group training, private training and tailored in-company workshops. We also offer various text and interpreting services.
We believe that learning a language is more than books, vocabulary and grammar and that many factors contribute to learning a new language. We therefore teach in small groups, with as little level difference as possible and we do our best to create a safe and “gezellig” atmosphere. Our classes are mostly taught in the target language and (if available) we use books in the target with a communicative approach. We use the time in class mostly to train your speaking skills.
We also believe that language and culture go hand in hand so we organise outside the classroom events ánd we travel!
Courses & registration
When do the new courses start?
Most courses (classes 1x per week) start in September, January and April. Intensive courses (classes 2x per week) start in September, November, January, March and April. In July and August we have ‘Summer Immersions’ for selected languages. Sometimes we organize an extra course outside of this schedule if it’s in high demand. So it’s always useful to inform us if you can’t wait to start! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I enrol in a course?
You can enrol in a course by choosing the language you’d like to learn and selecting your level. If you’ve found the course you like: click on the ‘register’ button and fill out the form. You can pay directly with iDeal or creditcard, or you can request an invoice.
How do I find the right level?
Please have a look at the level descriptions on our website. The beginners courses are called ‘A1’ (full level) or A1.1 (half level, some languages) and we indicate which chapters of which books are covered in each course, which might be useful if you’ve already used the book. If you’re not sure, or haven’t studied for a long time: contact us! Send an email to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch to advise you by email, telephone or arrange an intake meeting for you.
What is the meaning of the A/B/C-codes in the course descriptions?
Our course titles are based on the Common European Framework of Reference. We refer to the target level (end level) of the course. More info about the CEFR can be found here.
Where will my course take place?
Classes are online, or near DAM square (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 101-IV or Sint Nicolaasstraat 59), near HORTUS (Muiderstraat 24 or Rapenburgerstraat 123-IV) or near VONDELPARK (Tweede Schinkelstraat 26). The three main areas and online option are indicated on the course schedule, so you can take them into account when choosing a course. We’ll inform you of the exact location in the week before the start of the course.
When are the holidays/is there no class?
Autumn vacation: 12-18 October 2020, Christmas vacation: 21 December 2020-10 January 2021 (Do note: some courses finish earlier), Spring break: 22-28 February 2021, Easter Monday: 5 April 2021, Week in between courses: 13-18 April 2021 (Monday classes will catch up for Easter), King’s day: 27 April 2021, May vacation: 3-9 May 2021, Week in between courses: 19 July + 21-25 July (Tuesday classes will catch up for King’s day).
What are your prices?
You can find the price of your course next to the course. We try to keep our prices as low as possible, so that our courses are accessible for many people. We have a 10% discount for fulltime students and the unemployed, but you can also choose to make a donation to support our lessons for refugees in cooperation with ASKV. If, for example, ten students choose our ‘extra fee’, we’ll be able to admit a refugee to a course for free.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes, you can! If you select ‘payment with invoice’ you can pay in a maximum of three instalments. The first payment needs to be made within fourteen days of receiving your invoice (and before the start of the course). The last payment needs to be made at the latest two weeks before the end of the course/within three months. Please use your invoice number with each payment, so we know it’s yours!
Did you receive my payment?
Unfortunately we don’t have the capacity to email each individual student if their payment was received. Please refer to your own bank statement as proof of payment. If we haven’t received your payment, or can’t trace it back to you because you’ve forgotten to use your invoice number, we will contact you.
What is your account number?
NL82TRIO0197853730 and since we're talking about numbers: KVK NR. 77915240 VAT NR. NL861196399B01
How do I cancel my registration?
We understand that things can change and you might need to cancel your participation in the course. You can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations are free of charge if you cancel two weeks before the start of the course at the latest. If you cancel within two weeks of the start of the course, an administration fee of €50,- applies. If you cancel after the start of the course, your course fee still needs to be paid as we’ve counted on your participation and have saved you a seat. (See our terms and conditions).
I can't come to class, what do I do?
If you can’t come to class, please inform your teacher. They will send you the homework and you can keep up with the group for the next class. If you feel you’ve missed too much or are a bit behind, you can schedule a private catch-up class. These catch-up classes are €40,- per hour (instead of our normal private lesson fee of €60,- per hour).
Can I get a discount/refund for missing classes?
Missed classes cannot be refunded. When you register for a course, we save you a seat and count on you to be there. At Taalhuis we work with small groups and small margins, so we can unfortunately not accommodate your personal schedule within the group courses. We do offer private lessons if your schedule doesn’t allow full commitment for weekly classes!
What is your Corona policy?
We’re very happy that from September onwards we’ll be able to welcome some groups back to our classrooms again! For all courses with location ‘Hortus’, ‘Dam’ or ‘Vondelpark’ the lessons will be offline (at these respective locations). We will do our best to work ‘Corona proof’, meaning that the groups will be smaller than usual and there will be some necessary hygiene measures. (Of course there are still many uncertainties and it’s difficult for us to plan everything, so please note that we might need to move courses back online if governmental policies change and/or if safety becomes a concern). Would you prefer an online course? All courses with location ‘online’ will be taught via ZOOM for the full duration of the course!
Other questions? Contact us anytime.
Haven't found the answer to your question? Please don't hesitate to contact us! Our office is organized by our teachers, so you might sometimes get our voicemail when you call. If you email us, we try to answer your email within two working days.