The Hague - Post Report Question and Answers

How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

You don’t need it. It’s nice to learn a few things because the Dutch are pleasant and neighborly, but if they hear you speaking English, they will just switch over to English. - Feb 2021

None is really necessary, everyone I've encountered knows English fluently or at least well enough to communicate effectively. - Jan 2019

Here's something everyone knows but will not tell you: A LOT. Yes, everyone speaks English but it helps to read Dutch since directions are all written in it and if you want a job outside of the Embassy you must be fluent. Jobs at the Embassy are rare and jobs on the local market that don't require fluent Dutch are rarer still. Maybe you want to start your own business? Great! It's easy and cheap to get a business license but the tax office (belastingdienst) will NOT speak to you in any language other than Dutch. - Feb 2015

Polite exchange is appreciated but the Dutch speak English better than many Americans and often with less of an accent. - Jun 2014

None--the Dutch speak perfect Engish. - Apr 2014

None...everyone speaks English, Dutch is great to speak, but there are no issues with not speaking Dutch. - Jul 2011

You can get by without it..plenty of people speak English. Dutch is very hard to learn, and unless you are living here for longer than 3 yrs you will never use it again. - Nov 2010

None - everyone speaks English, but Dutch is appreciated. - Jul 2010

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