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Dutch Language Games: New on

Windmill in The Netherlands by Gamesforlanguage.comWith a name like, it's no wonder that people find us by searching language games. And even if our main languages and courses are French, German, Italian and Spanish, it is not difficult for us to add games for other languages by using our games format.

The first new language game we have just added is in Dutch. As readers of our Blog may remember, Ulrike is also fluent in Dutch. She attended school for two years in the Netherlands when she was 9 and 10 years old and visits family quite regularly there. She is also well aware how her “children's Dutch” vocabulary has expanded over the years. While language games alone will never make you become fluent in any language, expanding your vocabulary is essential for language learners at every level.

That's probably why many schools have started to use our language games with their students. Not only are these games completely free, they also don't show any google ads or other advertisements, and can be played without registering.

For those learners who also play our courses, registering is only essential so they can return to the course where they left off. And these courses are also totally free, without ads, upsell or other add-ons used in so many other “free” programs.

We know which games are the most popular. That's why the first Dutch game is “Days of the Week”.

1st Dutch Gamesforlanguage shootout You'll find this game by clicking on the left image or on the link above. As we'll add more Dutch games in the future you'll find them  by clicking on Quick Games, and looking through the list.

What is the appeal of playing a “Days of the Week” shootout game in another language? For one, the names of weekdays are with us every day. They are easy to learn and useful to have. The extra bonus is that a beginner will get some nice basic pronunciation practice.

Dutch is a Germanic language, so if you're learning Dutch, and already know English, or German, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, you have a head start. In these languages, the words for weekdays resemble each other. For example: Monday is Montag (in German), måndag (in Swedish), mandag (in Danish and Norwegian), and maandag (in Dutch).

Playing the days of the week in Dutch has you practice sounds and letter sound combinations that are typical for Dutch. For example, Dutch has particular vowel combinations: the open “aa” in “maandag”, the “oe” in “woensdag”, the “ij” in “vrijdag”. And then there's the Dutch “g” sound in “-dag” that are hard for some English speakers.

Try out the game, and have fun!