Offered :

Term 1 (Feb -Apr) and Term 3 (Aug-Sep) each year. Our 2023 Term 1 course begins on Tuesday, 14 February. Global Time Zone equivalents are given below.

Date & Time:

Our 2023 Term 1 course begins on Tuesday, 14 February 2023, from 6:30-8:00pm (New Zealand time) and continues for eight weekly sessions.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 7:30-9:00pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 9:30-11 :00pm

  • US Eastern: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 12:30-2:00am

  • London, UK: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 5:30-7:00am

  • Paris, France: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 6:30-8:00am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 12:30-2:00:pm

  • Singapore: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 1:30-3:00pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 2:30-4:00pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tue 14 Feb 2023, 4:30-6:00pm


  • Our Introductory Dutch 101 course begins with learning some basic conversation, vocabulary and introductory grammar with an emphasis on speaking and listening. During subsequent Terms (Dutch 102 and 103) we begin to add more reading and writing. Learning about Dutch culture is an integral a part of our study.

  • This is Part 1 of a three-part course over 3 school terms specifically designed for new Dutch learners. Our language and culture courses focus on teaching and learning only, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework. Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Dutch and and about Dutch culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

  • Subsequent Term courses of Introductory Dutch (i.e. our Dutch 102-103 courses) continue with reading and writing practice, introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the rest of the year.

Meet our Instructor

Dutch Instructor Jay Van Der Most

Jeroen (Jay) van der Most holds a degree in Sovietology from the University of Amsterdam. He has worked for many years in Human Resources and Recruitment in his home country The Netherlands, UK and here in New Zealand. He currently works as Employment Consultant for a not-for-profit organisation to help people with a wide range of barriers into meaningful work. With a great interest in languages and culture, Jay has filled his spare time with, among many other things, writing a column about dealing with the Dutch for a Dutch expat magazine, tutoring English as a Second Language and volunteering in the tourism industry. Jay currently teaches EarthDiverse’s Dutch language courses.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton, New Zealand. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning option:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options

All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20230214 T1.1 Dutch 101 video

    2. 20230214 T1.1 Dutch 101 PDF

    1. 20230221 T1.2 Dutch 101 PDF

    2. 20230221 T1.2 Dutch 101 video

    1. 20230228 T1.3 Dutch 101 PDF

    2. 20220526 T2.3 replacement Dutch 101 video from last year

    1. 20230307 T1.4 Dutch 101 PDF

    2. 20220602 T2.4 replacement Dutch 101 video from last year

    1. 20230322 T1.5 Dutch 101 video

    2. 20230323 T1.5 Dutch 104 PDF

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Tue 14 Feb 2023
  • NZ time: Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.00pm


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


The course fee includes all teaching materials. You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your notebook.

Prerequisites :

There are no prerequisites for this course and anyone with an interest in learning Arabic may enrol.