"A different language is a different vision of life." - Federico Fellini

Language house

Taalhuis Amsterdam is a language academy, 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 services.

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Meet our teachers....

Alma Bonger (English)

Born in Serbia, educated in Canada and recently celebrated five years in the Netherlands. Alma Bonger is a native English speaker. She enjoys learning about different cultures and teaches English at Taalhuis Amsterdam to children and adults.

Melike Sayman (Turkish)

Melike Sayman studied linguistics in Ankara and worked as a language teacher for almost 9 years in Madrid. She is fluent in Turkish, Spanish, English and also learned some French while living in Montréal. We are excited to now have her teaching Turkish classes at Taalhuis Amsterdam.

Lemonia Liberidu (Translator)

Lemonia Liberidu studeerde Engelse taal en letterkunde met specialisatie sociolinguïstiek en vertalen aan de Universiteit van Utrecht. Taal en alles wat daaruit vloeit is haar passie en haar dagelijkse bezigheid. Ze is beëdigd vertaalster in de Engelse, Griekse en Nederlandse taal.

Yvette Derksen (Translator)

Yvette Derksen studied Modern Greek Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam.  She then received her European Masters Degree in Conference Interpreting for German and English at the HIVT of Antwerp.  She is now a sworn interpreter and translator of English, German, Greek and Dutch.


Anais De La Morandais (French)

Anais studied choral conducting and she is passionate teacher of music and French! She teaches French for children and leads the Taalhuis choir.

Isabel Erisman (NT2)

Isabel Erisman studied both Cultural Anthropology, and Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam.   She previously made pub quizzes but we now have the pleasure of her teaching Dutch for Taalhuis Amsterdam!


Angeliki Papastamatiou (Greek)

Angeliki Papastamatiou studied Modern Greek Language and Literature plus European Studies plus Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam.  She is a sworn translator and teacher of Modern Greek and it is our priviledge to have her as an instructor of both Greek and Dutch.


Liesje Schreuders (NT2)

Liesje Schreuders studied Literary Science and Italian Literature at the University of Amsterdam and Roma Tre University.  We are happy to have her as a Dutch instructor at Taalhuis Amsterdam!

Ton Jansen (Latin)

Ton Jansen is a classical linguist and a professor of Latin and Greek at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Haarlem.  He is also a contributing author for the well known annual Latin exam books.  We are lucky to have him giving inspiring Latin lessons at Taalhuis Amsterdam!


Tato Martirossian (Arabic)

Tato Martirossian is a language fanatic!  She has studied Arabic and Linguistics at the Universities of Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Cairo.  By living in Cairo for a few years she is also very familiar with Egyptian colloquialisms.  Tato has been teaching language lessons to adults and children for many years and we are happy to have her on our team.


Manuela Borghetti (Italian)

Manuela Borghesi has a passion for communication.  She studied Foreign Languages at the University of Interpreters and Translators in Milan.  She now lives in the Netherlands and enthusiastically teaches Italian for Taalhuis Amsterdam.


Willemijn Koning (NT2)

Willemijn Koning studied History and Spanish at the University of Amsterdam.  She has given guest lectures on 19th century Amsterdam and is also a Taalhuis Amsterdam Dutch instructor.


Emilia Salerno (Italian)

Emilia Salerno studied Classical Literature and Ancient History at the University of Palermo and is a lecturer of Classic Culture and Italian Literature.  She loves Dante, Manzoni, Pascoli, Pirnadell and really everything to do with antiquity!


Myrte Jansen (NT2 & Greek)

Myrte Jansen studied Classical Languages and Modern Greek Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam.  She now teaches Modern Greek and Dutch.  She finds languages fascinating and especially loves helping her students learn them.


Alberto Colorado (Spanish)

Alberto Colorado studied law in Madrid and was trained as a Spanish teacher at Antonio de Nebrija University.  He works in the Netherlands and among other things teaches Spanish and Hispanic Art History at the Instituto Cervantes in Utrecht.


Marit Schilling (NT2)

Marit studied Dutch Language & Culture at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Dutch as a second language. She now gives NT2 at Taalhuis with great pleasure.

Anne Margriet (NT2)

Anne Margriet studied philosophy in Amsterdam and Berlin. She edited texts by other writers and wrote life stories about people with a special story. She writes about how to make contact with people with dementia and teaches NT2 at Taalhuis.

Maro Lazarou (Greek)

Maro Lazarou is a language enthusiast with a background in International and European Studies and Business Studies. She is a native Greek speaker and has learned 5 foreign languages starting at a very young age. She completed the teacher training course “Diadromes” of the Center for the Greek Language and teaches Greek at the Taalhuis.

Lucie Lausin (French)

Lucie studied Visual Communications in Paris. She relocated to Amsterdam in 2016.
She loves languages and the Netherlands. Besides her job as a graphic designer she gives French lessons at Taalhuis

Nour Alzaman (Arabic)

Nour studied Communication and Translation & Interpreting at the Lebanese International University. She teaches Levantine Arabic.

Nina Schouten (NT2)

Nina Schouten studied Language and Communication, and the dual master Editing at the University of Amsterdam. She teaches Dutch.

Francesca Branca (Italian)

Francesca studied foreign languages and literature in Cagliari, her city, and then specialized in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language in Perugia, Rome and in Warwick. Now she lives in the city of her dreams!

Sergio Troiano (Italian)

Sergio studied literature and art history at the University of Pavia. In 2002 he moved to Amsterdam to study Italian literature and linguistics, and is teaching Italian since 2010.

Pierfrancesco Gava (Italian)

Pierfrancesco gained a lot of experience as a teacher at the Italian Cultural Institute both in Amsterdam and Madrid. He’s also an artist!

Fabiola Caloia (Italian)

Fabiola Caloia studied modern literature and obtained her teaching degree for Italian and Latin at the university of Siena. She teaches Italian for years now and she loves it.



Janneke Westermann (NT2)

Janneke Westermann studied Dutch and Theatre. After working as an editor for nearly 8 years, she’s now returned to teaching NT2.

Elianne Bruin (NT2)

Elianne Bruin studied Classical Languages and Norwegian Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She now teaches Dutch.

Irina Kuzminykh (Events)

Irina helps Taalhuis with marketing activities and events. She studied Marketing Management and Social Anthropology.

Marzia Ruta (Italian)

Marzia studied literature and cinema at the University of Bologna. She is trained for teaching Italian as a second language  at the University of Siena. She teaches both Italian and cultural courses.

Marta Moreno (Spanish)

Originally trained as a translator in Spain, Marta Moreno Pérez has reoriented her career as a teacher. She teaches Spanish and studies Dutch at Taalhuis.

Aron Ouwerkerk (Latin)

Aron Ouwerkerk studied Latin literature at the Accademia Vivarium Novum (Frascati, Italy) and is currently studying Classics and Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. At the Taalhuis he teaches classical Latin.

Anna Sprocati (Italian)

Anna studied Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Milan, her city, and there she also got her Master degree in Teaching Italian.
She started giving lessons in Spain, where she lived for 2 years and, after that experience, she moved to Amsterdam. She is now teaching Italian to adults in Taalhuis and also children in various International schools.

Francesca Alioto (Italian)

Francesca studied German Literature and Philology in Palermo, then she studied Italian language didactics which brought her to live and teach Italian in Amsterdam.

Jessika Vezian (French)

Jessika Vezian studied Modern Literature at the University of Grenoble. She comes from Ardèche where she was a french modern literature teacher. She now teaches French and philosophy.

Mina Wesselink (Arabic)

Mina studied Arabic Language & Culture and lived in the Middle East for years. She is passionate about Egyptian Arabic, because according to her this dialect represents love and humor.

Tamara Wouda (NT2 intern)

Tamara Wouda, avid writer and novel-reader. Started teaching NT2 to enable expats to tell their story in Dutch.

Johannes Kapteijn (NT2)

Johannes Kapteijn den Bouwmeester studied Dutch at UvA and UU.
In addition to giving lessons at Taalhuis, he is a musician and a songwriter.

Niloufar Saber (Farsi)

Niloufar Saber studied TEFL in Iran and worked as a teacher and university instructor for almost ten years. Now, she is studying linguistics at UvA, and teaching Farsi.

Margot van Haelst (French)

Raised in Provence, Margot studied art event direction at École des Beaux-Arts and aesthetic of art at the University of Montpellier. She’s passionate about contemporary art and dance and language.

Mehdi Zamani (Persian)

Mehdi is doing a research master in communication science at the University of Amsterdam. He teaches Farsi at Taalhuis Amsterdam.


Open Days in our Taalhuises!

In the week of 9 September our courses will start again, so with the summer

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Taalhuis found a new location!

Good news! We found a new location! In August we’ll move to the Tweede Schinkelstraat 26HS

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De beste plek om een taal te leren is het land zelf natuurlijk!

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Are you looking for a space to have a meeting? Or would you like to organize workshops or seminars?
Our spaces are central, easy to reach, and equiped with beamer, wifi coffee etc. and whiteboards.

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