My name is Elizabeth Bergsma and together with my boyfriend, I live in Drachten, Friesland. I have always been very interested in languages. When I was younger I spoke the local language of the Stellingwerven with my family. Once at primary school I learned Dutch. In high school, I wanted to learn French. I thought it was a beautiful language with wonderful melodious sounds. After high school, I went to the pabo and came into contact with the Frisian language. I don’t yet speak this language fluently, but I can understand it very well. During a year of working for the Cultural Capital in Leeuwarden, I was exposed to German and can now speak it reasonably well. At the moment I am actively working on refreshing my Stellingwerfs and English. I love to learn about languages, discovering their history and cultural context, allowing me to better connect with my students.

I am convinced that language enriches our lives. This idea is at the heart of my company Talk Dutch 2. I assist people in learning the Dutch language, focussing on those who come to live in the Netherlands, be it for love or work or any other reason. Central to integrating in a new culture is speaking the language and this can be achieved much faster with inside knowledge of local culturalisms. By offering one on one lessons I make sure that Dutch speaking skills, listening skills and general understanding improve significantly.

I have more than 15 years of experience in teaching and for the last 3 years, I have been running my own business.

Elizabeth Bergsma