In this new blog piece, we will do regular interviews with local businesses that we think have a great service and have a great story to tell.
This week Koen from the Dutch school Koentact takes time out to answer our questions and gives us some insight into why the team at Koentact love teaching Dutch to expats.
We need to learn this language !
1. Tell us about your products and services.
We give Dutch lessons for expats. We make learning Dutch as fun as possible and through our Field Trips and Language Cafes we break down the barrier of speaking Dutch in daily life.
2. How long have you been in the business and why did you choose this sector?
I started right after I finished university, so for close to 7 years now. I just love languages and I think that meeting people with different backgrounds, different stories and different perspectives just never gets old.
3. What is the thing you like most about your work?
Getting to know new people, hearing their stories, see the common themes in people’s lives and connecting them to fellow expats or local Dutchies.
4. Which nationalities are your clients?
French, English, Chinese, Brazilian, American, Indian, Spanish. You name it we’ve got it.
5. What do you think these internationals love best about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam has lots to offer, though for such a famous international city it feels more like a village. You always meet people you know, your local coffee place will remember your order and people on the market always have time for some small talk.
6. What do you like to do in your spare time away from work?
Last year I picked up meditation. I do it daily now and it gives a nice counter balance to the energetic expat world.
7. What is your fondest memory or proudest moment at work?
Each time I see our students have a beer, share their story and have a laugh together, it just make me happy. Perhaps that is a strange answer but it is that simple.
8. What do you think the expats and international think of the Dutch people?
The Dutch and their agenda’s… You really need to plan everything in advance! And the Dutch are direct but open. I am not sure what expats think when they see the whole ‘down to earth’ Dutch nation cheer on their national soccer team while all wearing not the most subtle colour of orange.
9. Which product or service is your best seller and why?
Our evening group course for beginners. It’s a great starting point to learn Dutch, getting to know new people and explore the city.
10. What good Dutch words or expressions should non-Dutch people learn?