Do you want to know how good your Dutch is?

… because you’re planning to do the national exam Dutch as a Second Language (NT2);
… because, even though you passed this exam already, you still would like to brush up your Dutch;
… because you’re merely interested in the Dutch language and you’re not thinking of doing the NT2-exam;

…then the free Language Test at this Plezier in taal site is for you. Though this test will not take much of your time, it still covers practically the entire Dutch grammar and you’ll find some questions on pragmatics too, meaning: how do we say things in Dutch in a certain situation?

Good news: you will find a button Uitleg under each question. If you click here you will not only read the right answer but also an explanation in Dutch. Once you finished the test you will see how many questions you answered correctly and that’s not all …. If you would like to improve your Dutch in a nice and interesting way, then take a look at the lessons that will be especially selected for you, based upon the mistakes you made in the test. If any … For just a couple of euros per lesson you can download the lessons you need.

If you’re interested to see all 26 lessons, 22 of which are about a grammatical subject and 4 about pragmatics, all you need to do is click on ‘Course material’. Of course, if you don’t feel like doing the test, you can immediately go to ‘Course material’ and skip the test (for now). On the other hand, the topic of every lesson is related to a couple of questions in the test, so that’s quite interesting.

You can also choose to just do the test. Your results will be presented to you once you finished and you don’t need to log on.

Good luck and have fun!

* The following lessons are still missing at the moment, but you can expect to see them within short:

- Les 9   Vlieg je met me mee? (separable verbs)
- Les 16 Het zou vandaag droog blijven (zullen – zouden)
- Les 17 Er wordt op de deur geklopt (passive voice)


You don't need to do the Inburgeringsexamen (nor the portfolio), if you do the NT2 exam part 1 or part 2

People often ask me if they need to do the Inburgeringsexamen after they passed the national NT2 exam part 1 or 2. You can save yourself a lot of time and work, because the answer is no. The diploma of each of these exams is considered to be enough to meet with the requirements of inburgering. The difference between these exams: the NT2 exams are merely focussed on the Dutch language, whereas the inburgerings-exam is more practically oriented, so not just language but also all sorts of practical things you need to know when you are living in the Netherlands. The language part of this exam is on a much lower level than the NT2 exams.

You might also like to know that you don't need to do part 1 before you do part 2 of the NT2 exam: you do either part 1 or part 2. Which part you choose depends on your education and on the type of job you are doing.
The level of the NT2 exam is quite high (level B1 and B2 of the European Framework of Reference). 
Here is a link to the FAQ department of the institute that organises the NT2-exams: het Centrum voor examens; this is where they explain that you only need to do one of these exams. Unfortunately (maybe) the major part of their site is in Dutch:

Good luck with your (only one) exam!


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Cultural differences

During the lessons we are, of course, sensitive to cultural differences. It is often not just a question of how you say something, but what you say in which situation!

More information?

If you are interested in any of the Plezier in taal courses, please send an email to or call me on 06 (31) 16 51 00 78 for further information.