Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Dutch Proficiency Scale

Proficiency Scale according to the common European framework of reference for languages allows you to determine yours or your bosses, colleagues, friends or partners language skills and needs learning Dutch.   

The basic idea of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages  (CEFRL) is:

Proficiency in Dutch, or any other language, is best compared to your proficiency in your mother tongue.

Your language skills grew as you grew from one stage of live to the next.


This way of learning is natural :

First you wanted to communicate about observable things, about what you wanted. If you didn't know the word yet or forgot you could indicate or mimic. Learning without realizing you learn you wanted to share about things at kindergarten and school, fairy worlds, friends, adventure and the environment you explored together.


About puberty and adolescence, free time, hobbies, learning about friendship and love, ...  you wanted to share. About your ideals, ideas, dreams, study, interests, job, career, community and society, ... Learning about commitment, founding a family, raising children, ...

About existential subjects as illness, suffering, getting older and death as you where confronted with in your life.


Determine your level of proficiency in Dutch according to the CEFRL and fix your learning goals :

With Richard you need only one week full immersion Dutch course to learn Dutch or to progress one to two levels of proficiency in Dutch. In 1 week of intensive private Dutch course, learning through full immersion  you, your boss, colleague or friend are one or two levels higher in Dutch proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages below.  

If you start 'from scratch' (A0 level), after 1 week of full immersion Dutch courses with Richard, you learned a lot and may have got up or near to, the A2 level.


basic user

Your understand and speak some Dutch but your language skills in Dutch are elementary.

You learned to understand an speak Dutch using elementary Dutch expressions and sentences about concrete things and needs.

You're able to introduce yourself and others in Dutch.

Able to put and answer questions about personal matters and topics as where you live, people you know and things you have.

However you need your conversation partner to speak slowly and clearly and he or she should be willing to help you learning.


basic user

You're already speaking some Dutch : basic user A2 learning level.

You understand sentences and common Dutch expressions about daily life matters.

You're able to put and answer questions about self and family, grocery, shopping, work, hobbies etc.

In daily life you're able to share about familiar and every-day subjects, ... to tell about your background, daily routines and needs in simple but correct Dutch.


independent user

You are an independent Dutch-speaker.

You learned to understand most common every-day Dutch and you are able to share in Dutch about familiar subjects as work, school and leisure activities.

You learned to cope with most situations occurring on a trip trough Flanders and the Netherlands speaking Dutch.

Writing simple Dutch text about familiar subjects and topics you're interested in, is no problem.

You still learning but already able to  talk in Dutch about events, share your experience, dreams, expectations and desires, briefly explain your reasons, opinions and plans.


independent user

You are a more independent Dutch-speaker.

You do understand basic ideas of complex Dutch texts about as well concrete as abstract subjects and technical discussions about your specialty.

You're speaking Dutch quite spontaneously: although you're still learning, your daily interaction with native Dutch-speakers is already easy for both.

You're able to write clear and detailed Dutch texts about various subjects.

You're able to explain your views and indicate advantages, disadvantages and alternatives.


advanced user

You're speaking Dutch easily and rather proficient.

You don't have problems anymore to understand long articles from newspapers or magazines, you are aware of implicit meanings too.

Although still learning your  Dutch is fluent and spontaneous: you don't need much looking for words anymore.

You're speaking Dutch well, flexibly and efficiently in your private, social, academic or professional life.

Your Dutch writings are clear, well structured and detailed even about complex subjects.


advanced user

You are speaking Dutch fluently.

You learned Dutch as well as our ways of being. You have no problem understanding anything you hear or read.

You're able summarize verbal or written information in Dutch.

Your speaking is very fluent: you're able to argue coherently and to reconstruct explanations and argumentations.

You're expressing yourself spontaneously and very fluently, precisely and subtly in Dutch even in more complex situations.