About TaalBoost

 

Our Story

Learning a new language is generally perceived as being difficult and, in all likelihood, you have tried to learn a new language at some point in your life. Most of what we know about learning a language is either outdated or sometimes even false, though there is not only one learning method to begin with. Our successful method is in how we approach committing grammar rules, pronunciation, and a never-ending list of words to memory.

In the past, language schools considered repetitive grammar-translation methods to be the best way to learn a new language. This way of learning was dull and demotivating, and led many to quit before even starting. Later on, modern day language programmes introduced the communicative technique where we learn languages like babies, without emphasis on studying grammar, without doing word lists, but simply by listening and repeating. This was effective to some extent, yet many adults neither have the time nor the childlike capacity simply to absorb a new language.

At TaalBoost we believe in the right balance between these two approaches. Based on personal experiences in language learning and best practices in language teaching, we have developed a unique approach that combines:

  • a lot of communication and practical use of language,
  • easy to follow grammar explanations
  • useful tips and phrases for using the Dutch language in everyday situations.

Our classes involve a lot of fun and interactive language games and exercises, and students learn in a relaxed atmosphere. We put a lot of emphasis on listening and speaking, since students usually lack real life experience in these areas, so when they have the opportunity to use the language, they find it virtually impossible to communicate. We encourage them to practice language by speaking, because, in this way, they not only learn many new words with their correct word endings, but they also get a feeling for grammar. Speaking of grammar, we believe that a new language โ€“ or any other new skill โ€“ will not stick unless you understand the essence of how it functions. Still, instead of difficult terms and grammar drills, we will introduce you to Dutch language rules using simple explanations and examples that are easy to remember.

Interested? Why not register for our courses directly or contact us through our contact page for any additional info.

 
 
 
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About Mirko

I first came into contact with the Dutch language through my studies. I always had a passion for foreign languages and cultures, so my first encounter with Dutch was destined to be love at first sight.

However, in order to perfect my Dutch and bring it to a native-like level, I needed to practice a great deal. I invested huge amounts of time and effort in learning the meaning and pronunciation of tens of thousands of Dutch words, and in understanding every rule and exception that governs the Dutch language. On top of that, to deepen my knowledge I also studied the relationship between the Dutch culture and the Dutch language. It was a โ€“(sometimes painstakingly) long process that still goes on. One never ceases to learn.

Finally, I obtained a double Masterโ€™s degree in Dutch Language and Culture, and Linguistics, and I started teaching Dutch to university students, and then later to hundreds of internationals living in the Netherlands. Apart from language learning itself, teaching is my second greatest passion.

I decided to open a Dutch language school in order to bring together all of my knowledge into a learning package that can help internationals to become full participants in the Dutch community through excellent instruction in language and cultural awareness. At TaalBoost, I work with other highly skilled and passionate teachers, and together we use different teaching techniques to get the best out of our course participants.

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