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ByBertho Smit

New students welcome! Lessons to start in January 2020

At the beginning of 2020 I will have some places available!
Private lessons: on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Contact me for an appointment. We will talk about your plans and goals and I will explain how we can work on them.

ByBertho Smit

NT2 lessons Dutch Language: private or in pairs!

Are you living in Leiden? Do you wish to improve your Dutch? Can you communicate in English? Contact me. I could be of help. I am a teacher of Dutch and English, also qualified to teach Dutch as a second language (NT2). I am a native speaker of Dutch. I know Leiden very well and love it.

Private lessons
I offer you individual lessons at your place (that is: if you live in Leiden) or mine.
Rates: 45,00 per hour. 10 lessons: 425,00.
Or individual lessons of 1,5 hours (which is more common): 65,00. A set of 10 lessons (1,5 hours) will cost 625,00 .

Lessons in pairs
If you prefer to study with another person (duo-lessons): this is an interesting possibility. Lessons in pairs are cheaper than individual lessons, and more focussed on your individual needs than any group could be. Rates: 27,50 per hour. A lesson takes two hours, once a week. Costs 55,00 per lesson. Each ´in pairs´ student takes part for at least 10 lessons. Costs: 550,-.

Note: All rates on this page already include membership reduction for Facebook Expats groups.)

After the intake-session, I will look for a fellow student, who has more or less the same level that you have. We decide about the book we will use. We will start with a first lesson after which you decide whether to join or not. At that moment you pay for the complete set of 10 lessons. After these first 10 lessons, you can sign up (of course) for the next set of 10 lessons.

Expensive? No, not really. And you will learn the language much faster than in any group-course.

Anyone between A0 – B1 is welcome. (B1 is level NT2-1/Staatsexamen 1) Absolute beginners, don´t hesitate. Dutch is fun.

Free intake
If you are interested, we can do a free intake-session, to find out more about your goals and level.

If needed I will also help you to find a taalmaatje (volunteer) who will speak Dutch with you on a regular basis.

More information about me or lessons? Click the ´Contact´ button on the top of the website.

ByBertho Smit

Who is Bertho Smit?

I am Bertho Smit. Pleased to meet you here. I am a qualified teacher of Dutch and English. Above all, and that is more relevant here, also qualified as a NT2 (Dutch as a second language) teacher. I work as a ZZP´er and my company name is Bertho Smit Taalbedrijf.
I have experience in teaching lesson for alfa´s (people who have also problems with their first language), inburgering-lessons and lessons for expats.

Leiden forever
I have been living in Leiden for many years, with a break of 6 years, and I consider it to be my hometown. Leiden is a great city, a good atmosphere and many great people. I live in Groenoord-Zuid, pretty close to the trainstation and city-center. I know lost of people and lots of places which can be an advange for my students too.

I work at two schools in Leiden and started up private lessons. A nice combination. Besides the method/book I also make my onw material for the lessons. I think ´speaking´ is important. Learning a language is not all about grammar rules, the main thing is that students dare to make mistakes, dare to take a risk. Not your talent, but your mindset is important. Wanting to learn Dutch is in a way an ´attitude´. Only then, you will succeed and have fun along the way…

Not just the book
I like to communicate with students through whatsapp, besides the lessons. I also make material that I use in the lessons, I´m always thinking of other ways to help students reach their goals. For example with help of apps, Youtube video´s and websites.

I love to spend time in town. I love to go to the Kijkhuis. I love 3 October. I love ZZ Leiden (our basketball team). Outside Leiden I´m espcecially fond of the beach en de Waddeneilanden (the best place in our country.) Last but not least I like the time I spend with my daughter, the sweetest of them all. Of course.
Want to know more? Feel free to contact me.