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on 16 August 2002
I purchased 'Colloquial Dutch' alongside the 'Teach Yourself Beginners Dutch' book and CD pack. I wish now that I had only bought the 'Colloquial Dutch' book since it is considerably better than the latter. Although it perhaps a little harder to get to grips with (especially if you know nothing of linguistics) it is clearly the better of the two; I would strongly recommend it to anybody learning Dutch. In addition one should buy the tape pack, unless you have a grip on the Dutch 'g' 'ch' and various vowel sounds.
This book not only teaches you colloquial phrases, but where and when to use them.
Grammar and language manipulation is taught throughout, in a clear and comprehensible manner. The activities used to teach you, such as puzzles, are often fun and the dialogues are usually based lively family situations.
The 'culture points' are often humorously written, but are also detailed and useful in getting to know more about Dutch society and the way their people act.
On the whole a great book that's easy and fun to use; the standard one should expect from modern language courses!
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on 3 September 2013
I purchased ROUTLEDGE COLLOQUIAL DUTCH after having covered both (a) Pimsleur Comprehensive Dutch and (b) Michel Thomas Total Dutch. Here's what I found:

Both Pimsleur Comprehensive Dutch and Michel Thomas Total Dutch provide a very basic introduction to the Dutch language. The approaches are somewhat similar, but far from identical. Both will help you achieve a "feel" for the language, but not much else. However, on completion, owing to the presentation of only very limited vocabulary, you will not be evenly remotely autonomous in Dutch and you will have to continue your studies, even if your goal is simply to make yourself understood as a traveller to the Netherlands or to Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. Nonetheless, I highly recommend that you commence your self-study programme with one of these two courses as a prelude to Routledge Colloquial Dutch. It takes about a month to cover either one of these courses. You need not try both.

Many of the Routledge Colloquial courses are deliberately limited in scope and are meant to meet the only the very basic linguistic needs of a traveller. Be forewarned that this is NOT the case with Routledge Colloquial Dutch! The author has created a COMPLETE BASIC Dutch course, replete with excellent explanations of grammar, written exercises, a fair amount of vocabulary, and very challenging dialogues that are delivered at what I would describe as "near-native-speed"; that is, much faster than either the Pimsleur or Michel Thomas courses. Be prepared to listen to, and practice, the dialogues dozens upon dozens of times! With a view to being able to APPLY your knowledge, in a "real life setting", you will need to devote about 300 hours of study to this course.

Prospective buyers should be aware that the BOOK and the 2 CDs that accompany it are often sold SEPARATELY. This is NOT all that clear on Amazon. So, be very careful about what you're ordering and ensure that you purchase BOTH the book and the cds, as they are rather useless, one without the other. You can also purchase them as a package directly from Routledge, via their website.
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on 16 September 2014
I teach languages and speak a few. This is the best language teaching course of a European language I have found in years, provided the learner has a good grasp of grammar, especially of conjugation & tenses
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on 11 August 2015
Over the moon with the two CD's inexpensive, securely packed and quick to arrive. Dank je wel.
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on 19 January 2013
Useful book, but not really a complete language course. It was recommended to me by a Dutch relative to help with conversational Dutch, although she felt some of the conversations were a little old fashioned.
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on 25 May 2015
Very easy to use
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on 4 August 2003
A good course. But you do need to get the tapes or CDs which for some reason are not available from Amazon (I had to order themn separately from the publisher). Recommendable.
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