Kate – United States
Avalon is an incredible teacher. She has a knack for bringing people from diverse backgrounds together in a comfortable and engaging environment, which is highly conducive to learning.
I took a beginner level course with Avalon and it was exactly what I was looking for. I started not knowing how to say a single word in Dutch and in the last class, when we went outside to talk to Dutch people using what we had learned, I found that I was able to comfortably have basic conversations. I know that it was because of Avalon’s teaching approach that was organized and flexible, challenging and fun, that I was able to get to this point.
Not only did I learn about the Dutch language, but I also learned about the culture from Avalon’s classes. She was always happy to answer our questions that we had about living in the Netherlands and even things I had never thought to ask. She goes above and beyond to make her students feel comfortable in the classroom as well as in the community.
I would recommend Avalingua to tourists and expats alike. Many people will say you don’t need Dutch to travel or live in the Netherlands, but I believe that the experience you will have if you do take Dutch courses with Avalon will be much more enriching and exciting, as you will be able to interact with locals and understand the culture in a deeper way.