All students Dutch know that they have to practise speaking Dutch. Even when you have a Dutch partner, some nice colleagues or friends, this can be hard to do. Common problems are:
- You don’t know what to talk about
- Your partner expects you to speak on the same level in Dutch as you guys speak in English
- You don’t have the appropriate vocabulary
- Your conversation partner doesn’t know how they can help you
- You feel inhibited to ask a Dutch speaker to help you
Words and sentences on specific subject
To tackle those problems, I started developing conversation scripts for beginners and beyond. This provides a clear frame for you and your conversation partners. First you will get some questions with 3 or 4 answers. All answers are technically correct, but some are out of context.
It is f.e. out of context to ask about the beer stock in the house, when you want to go to the park. By answering all the questions, you learn words and sentences about the subject.
Conversation through roleplay
The next step in this conversation script, is that we are going to roleplay the subject according to a scenario with ten or more steps. Read this scenario carefully and give it to your conversation partner.
I do this with my students online. You can use these scripts (even as a beginner) with your tutor, your Dutch partner or friends or with other students.
I am making an ebook with my conversation scripts, so that people that are not my students, can also use them. I started with scripts aimed at beginners, but I noticed that more advanced students also like the framework of these conversations.
What topic would you like to have scripted? Please let me know in the comments below!