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tdonn
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
4th and 5th year, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Dutch
Was learning Dutch a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your Dutch?
My level before:
My level after:
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Personal comments
Since Dutch is not one of the "big"languages, people are used to talk English or Dutch with foreigners. So there is never a problem if you have questions. But people like it when you try to talk Dutch even if English would be easier. If you kmow German, Dutch is not too hard, and after all, Dutch is an important language in the international scene of architecture. There is no Flemish language, it is just an accent (like British and American English) and it sound nicer than the Dutch spoken in the Netherlands. There is a university language center. You get one course for free, if you want to do more, it is really expensive. There is only evening courses for the first two levels. If you want to go on, you ight run into difficulties with the schedule of your lessons
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vali
Ethniko Kai Kapodistrioako Panepistimio Athinon, Athens, Greece
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Undergraduate, Independent
Languages
Language of instruction: Dzongkha
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Dzongkha a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Dzongkha
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Dzongkha?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
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Personal comments
I had no idea the language of instruction was going to be Dutch, so be careful to have this point clarified beforehand. However, since I inteded to stay for 3 years, I would have learned it anyway (only at a slower pace). In the end it proved to be a success story: it made everything easier and more enjoyable (except studying, especially in the beginning)
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baniukiewicz
Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland
Language, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Dutch
Was learning Dutch a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Dutch
How much did you improve your Dutch?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
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Educational
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Personal comments
this is not the place to go if you really want to learn Dutch. most people speak only dialect among themselves so you end up speaking English and almost never Dutch. I could have learned more if I had gone to the Netherlands. Flemish Dutch is a lot more difficult to understand.
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gogomonik
Ekonomická Univerzita V Bratislave, Bratislava, Slovakia
Accountancy, Graduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
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Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
The most of courses were in Dutch language, but for exchange students were a possibility to selfstudy in English. I had a bit problem with Dutch,because I didn't know anything from it.Therefore I decided to learn new language (Dutch), it was interessting.
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Godheart S
Buea University, Buea, Cameroon
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Here i could communicate at ease with my fellow student colleagues and teachers. It is an environment where every body communicates very freely with friends but become very closed when they meet unfamiliar persons.
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Ida
Högskolan i Borås, Borås, Sweden
Engineering, Graduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
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Personal comments
In Gent allmost all people speak english, and since I have been abroad for four semesters I felt like I would not have time to attend another language course here when I had to finish my studies. Unfortunately.
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