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 ‘gezellige’ atmosphere. Our classes are mostly taught in the target language and (if available) we use books in the target language 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 often organize events outside the classroom 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.
In which language is my course taught?
Our teachers use the target language as much as possible – even from the very beginning! – and invite you to do the same. If necessary English and/or Dutch can be used as a supporting language.
Where will my course take place?
At the moment most of our courses take place in the comfort of your own home, via ZOOM! We hope to be able to organize classes in our school again later on, but for now we only have a limited number of groups with limited spots available offline. The location of each course is indicated next to the location icon: ONLINE, DAM (Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 101-IV, Sint Nicolaasstraat 59), HORTUS (Muiderstraat 24 or Rapenburgerstraat 123-IV) or VONDELPARK (2e Schinkelstraat 26).
What can I do if I only want to follow an offline course?
We have a limited number of offline classes available. Please note that we might still move these courses online if governmental policies change and/or safety becomes an issue. You can also opt for private lessons in person or come with a small private group to one of our classrooms. Contact us to discuss the options.
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 aim to keep our courses accessible for as many people as possible. For those who need it, there is a 10% discount. Please select ‘invoice’ as payment method when you register and inform us of the reason (e.g. fulltime student/unemployed) on your registration form to find out if you’re eligible for the discount. You can also choose to pay a bit more, 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.
How can I pay?
When you register for a course or an event you can choose to pay directly via iDEAL or credit card (please note that there's an additional charge of 7,50 EUR for payments with credit card), or you can request an invoice. If you need an invoice for your employer or your own administration, please select 'payment by invoice' when you register. When you pay via iDEAL or credit card we do not generate an invoice.
How can I get an invoice for my employer?
If you've agreed with your employer that they will pay for your course, please select 'payment by invoice' when you register and put the company name/address in the comment section. We will email you the invoice with the company details to forward to your employer.
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?
At the moment we’re planning most of our courses online. Only a limited amount of courses and private lessons can still be taught in person, with the necessary hygiene measures and precautions in place – as long as both teacher and student don’t have any corona symptoms. UPDATE 14/12/2020: Following the latest press conference and the new rules of lockdown, we unfortunately have to inform you that all January courses planned offline will have to start online. We'll keep the number of students in these groups small, so that we can move them back to offline as soon as possible - hopefully right after the end of this lockdown on 19 January. The courses planned online will remain online for the full duration of the course.
Where is your school located?
Our school is located in Amsterdam, near DAM square (Sint Nicolaasstraat 59 / Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 101-IV), HORTUS (Muiderstraat 24 / Rapenburgerstraat 123-IV) and VONDELPARK (Tweede Schinkelstraat 26). At the moment we’re mostly working from home, but if you would like to drop by, please make an appointment via email@example.com.
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.