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Welkom! Welcome!

Dutch is a West Germanic language that is the national language of the
Netherlands and one of the three official languages of Belgium, along
with French and German.  Although speakers of English usually call the
language of the Netherlands ‘Dutch’ and the language of Belgium
‘Flemish,’ they are, in fact, the same language.  Other West Germanic
languages include English, Frisian, German, and Luxembourgish.

Dutch occurs in both standard and dialectal forms.  It is the language
of most of the Netherlands, of northern Belgium, and of a relatively
small part of France along the North Sea immediately to the west of
Belgium.  Dutch is also used as the language of administration in
Suriname and on the islands of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire,
Saba, and Sint Eustatius, which together once made up a political
entity called the Netherlands Antilles.  Afrikaans, which is a
derivative of Dutch, is one of the official languages of South Africa.
The earliest documents in the Dutch language date from approximately
the end of the 12th century.

Dutch is currently offered via videoconference from Columbia
University.  Cornell students may register for the class in Student
Center through the Department of German Studies.  Classes meet in a
room in Noyes Lodge on a regular schedule.  The teacher is on the
screen and in immediate communication with the students for the entire
class period.  It is not an ‘online’ course.  Currently, Cornell is
offering Advanced Dutch.  For more information, contact Dick Feldman
at RF10@cornell.edu.

The Dutch teacher is Wijnie De Groot, who is a Lecturer in the
Germanic Studies Program at Columbia University.  She holds two
Master’s degrees, in Slavic Languages and Literature and General
Linguistics, from the University of Amsterdam.  She has also worked as
a commercial translator.  She may be contacted at WED23@columbia.edu.