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Language proficiency workshops

Do you want to learn a new language in Wageningen? Wageningen in'to Languages will teach you to effectively communicate in different languages and at various levels. Our courses distinguish themselves by their high pace, their thorough and functional approach, and their effectiveness. They’re more than simply learning words and grammar. We teach you to communicate! The workshops below will give you a sneak peek of our courses.

All workshops are for beginners.

Pick your favourite workshop

(Mandarin) Chinese (Only available in English)
You probably know that the Chinese are said to be a hard-working people. But did you also know that each Chinese word can be pronounced in up to four different ways, and that in each of the pronunciations it means something completely different? Or that Chinese people will refuse to collaborate or do business with you until they have achieved guanxi with you? In other words, are you familiar with the dos and don’ts in Chinese language and culture that will help you avoid miscommunication and cultural blunders? This brief, practical workshop will introduce you to the Chinese language and culture and provide you with some essential tools for communicating effectively in Chinese. In addition, you will be provided with a handout with a few useful phrases in Mandarin Chinese.

Gut begonnen ist halb gewonnen (German for beginners) (DU)
English isn't a problem for me! But how should I start a conversation in German? In this workshop you will practise introducing yourself and giving a sales pitch using our neighbours’ language. We will discuss intercultural aspects as well.

‘¿Habla español?’ (Spanish for beginners)
It would be going a bit far to say that you’ll be able to answer this question in the affirmative after this lunch workshop. But what you will be able to do, is introduce yourself in Spanish and say where you live and what kind of work you do. And, at least as importantly, you’ll know a thing or two about the beautiful Spanish culture. So maybe next time someone asks you ‘¿Habla español?’, you’ll feel confident enough to say ‘Un poquito’ (a tiny bit)!

Arabic (AR)
This workshop will introduce you to the various Arabic accents, the alphabet and Arabic culture. And of course you will learn a few useful phrases as well!

Would you like to learn a bit of Brazilian Portuguese and also a bit of the Brazilian culture? Or even more...maybe learn a bit of body language when you mean “hurry up!” or “later” or “no no no”? In this crashcourse, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself, to apologize and to ask a few simple questions, for example, “how much does that cost?”.

Communicatie is ook mogelijk zonder (h)oren (Nederlandse Gebarentaal) (Only available in Dutch)
Hoe communiceren doven? Tijdens deze workshop maak je kennis met Nederlandse Gebarentaal. Zeker 10.000 mensen gebruiken deze prachtige visuele taal. In tegenstelling tot wat veel mensen denken, is gebarentaal niet universeel. Je leert enkele Nederlandse gebaren en uitdrukkingen, waar mimiek een belangrijke rol bij speelt. Naast de dove docent Johan Ros zal er een tolk aanwezig zijn zodat je vragen kunt stellen.

Swahili (Only available in English)
Ever heard of hakuna matata, and wondered what the rest of this language is like? Then this workshop will take you on a short safari of the Swahili language. You will pick up words and basic phrases that will serve well on a visit to parts of eastern and southern Africa such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, and others. Even without a visit, it would be fun to know something about a language that is spoken widely by more than 50 million people in Africa.

Selamat pagi! (Bahasa Indonesia for beginners) (Only available in English)
A glimpse into the world of Bahasa Indonesia and some information about the Indonesian culture will be offered in this workshop. The language is relatively easy as there are no grammatical tenses. After the workshop, you will be able to greet and introduce yourself in Bahasa Indonesia. Interestingly, you’ll also be introduced to some of the Bahasa Indonesia words loaned from Dutch!