Workshop: creative writing in Dutch


When you start learning Dutch it is hard to imagine that you are able to be creative with the language, you are glad you can finally order a drink. But what do you need as a non-Dutch to be able to write in Dutch with unexpected creativity? This workshop is meant for learners of Dutch from A1 level and on and shows you how imaginative you can be with your Dutch.

Taalcentrum Kookoovaja offers language courses in Utrecht center and Utrecht-oost and organizes events to get a deeper understanding of the culture around the languages you can learn at Kookoovaja.

Sunday 26th of May
entrance 13:00
workshop 13:15-15:00
Location: Doelenstraat 18c
Free admission, but reserve your seat:

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming.

  • May 1st, 2019
  • Samantha

Open day & workshop: Folk stories from Romania and the Netherlands


Debunking myths and debating about popular beliefs around folk stories

Comedian Soula Notos takes us on a journey through the legends of Romania and the Netherlands. Together we write our own sage and share personal stories related to heroes, vampires, the water, and spirituality.

This workshop is part of the open day, that starts afterwards. During the open day, you can come for a drink and get to know more about the language course you’re interested in.

Taalcentrum Kookoovaja offers language courses in Utrecht center and Utrecht-oost and organizes events to get a deeper understanding of the culture around the languages you can learn at Kookoovaja.

Guest speaker: comedian Soula Notos

Program:
entrance 12:45
workshop 13:00-15:00
open day 15:00-16:30

Date: 31st of March 2019
Location: buurtcentrum Podium Oost, Oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148
Free admission, but reserve your seat:

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming.

  • March 1st, 2019
  • Samantha

Start language courses: 7 January

Yes! It's time for a new block and we are looking forward to welcoming you to class to make 2019 a multilingual, fun and blissful year! Sign up for a language course and come to the open day:

We invite you to meet up with your teacher before the course starts. This time meet us at the open day on Sunday 6th of January between 15h00 and 17h00. Come say hi, have a drink, learn about the courses, or have a mini-lesson in the language that interests you!

Open day language courses Utrecht

Program:
15:20 mini Greek course
15:50 mini Romanian course
16:15 mini Italian course
16:40 mini Dutch course

Date: Sunday 6th of January 2019
Time: between 15h00 and 17h00
Location: Podium Oost – oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148 (left entrance)

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming (preferred, but optional)!

  • December 1st, 2018
  • Samantha

Dive into the Italian and Greek culture with stories from mythology

This Sunday Session we are coming together for a midday of interactive storytelling based on the Greek and Roman mythology. In this event, we connect to the Greek and Italian culture reading some of the most extraordinary stories from mythology. We’ll hear what happens where human weakness meets the terrible powers of gods, discuss the characteristics that make these stories so special, and write our own mythology-like stories of love, sex, murder, transformation and punishment.

Date: Sunday 4th of November 2018
Time: start 13h00 - end 15h00
Location: Podium Oost – oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148 (left entrance)
Free entrance
There are limited seats, therefore reserve a place here or send us an e-mail.

  • September 10th, 2018
  • Vasso

How watching movies and series can help you speak Dutch better

We invite everyone who is learning Dutch for a workshop on how you can use movies and series as a tool to learn (better) Dutch. Series and movies are popular in our daily lives, which makes it an easy and accessible tool to support your language learning process. How exactly you will learn in this workshop.

Date: Sunday 14th of October 2018
Time: start 13h00 - end 15h30
Location: Kapelkamer van het Doelenhuis, Doelenstraat 18C
Free entrance
There are limited seats, therefore reserve a place here or send us an e-mail.

  • September 1st, 2018
  • Samantha

Start language courses: 10 September

In the week of September 10, we will await you with enthusiasm to start the new academic year full of language courses and cultural events.

Would you like to meet up with your teacher before the course starts? The open day is on Sunday 8th of September between 13h00 and 15h00. Come say hi, have a drink, learn about the courses, or have a mini-lesson in the language that interests you!

Open day language courses Utrecht

Program:
13:20 mini Greek course
13:50 mini Romanian course
14:15 mini French course
14:40 mini Dutch course

Date: Saturday 8th of September 2018
Time: between 13h00 and 15h00
Location: Podium Oost – oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148 (left entrance)

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming (preferred, but optional)!

  • August 9th, 2018
  • Samantha

Intensive Dutch summer course

Summer has arrived and we wish our students a great holiday. Can't wait till September to continue learning? You are in luck! In the summer school, you can learn Dutch during the summer too. Don’t wait and subscribe now! More info here

We are looking forward to welcoming you in class!

  • July 6th, 2018
  • Samantha

Meet your teacher!

A meet-the-teacher day takes place on March 24. Come say hi, have a drink, learn about the courses, or have a mini-lesson in the language that interests you!

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming (preferred, but optional)!

Date: Saturday 24th of March
Time: between 13h00 and 15h00
Location: Podium Oost – oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148 (left entrance)

  • March 4th, 2018
  • Samantha

Sunday Session #11 coming up!

Time for another Sunday Session! The 11th edition will be a Dutch film/series session. An intro to Dutch television and films/series are going to make a fun midday to boost your knowledge of the Dutch language and culture! You are invited to join this session on Sunday 18th of February.

Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome.

Date: Sunday 18th of February
Time: 13h00 - 16h00
Costs: Free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail

  • February 8th, 2018
  • Samantha

Meet your teacher!

A meet-the-teacher day takes place on January 6. If you are interested in taking class, but would like to meet your teacher before subscribing, this is your chance!

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to let us know you are coming!

Date: Saturday 6th of January
Time: between 14h00 and 16h00
Location: Podium Oost – oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148 (left entrance)

  • December 23rd, 2017
  • Samantha

Meet-the-teacher evening invite

On September 6th between 18h00-21h00 you are invited to meet your teacher for a talk about the language courses. The program for mini-lessons will follow soon!

The new block starts September 11th, make sure to apply on time!

Date: Wednesday 6th of September
Time: 18h00-21h00
Place: Podium Oost - Oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148, Utrecht
To apply (preferred, but optionally): send an e-mail saying you will be passing by.

  • August 25th, 2017
  • Samantha

Get a beautiful Kookoovaja fairtrade tote-bag with your next course

Everybody who applies for a course starting in September gets a free Kookoovaja fairtrade tote-bag. This is a really sturdy and handsome looking bag. Use it for your books, groceries, going out, beach walk, dance nights, etc!

The new block starts September 11th, before the block starts, there will be another meet-the-teacher day where you can talk with your teacher about the classes, materials, etc. Keep an eye on the agenda to see when the meet-the-teacher is taking place!

  • July 10th, 2017
  • Samantha

Like and win!

Like us on facebook and win a free course!*

*The winner will be chosen randomly from all the page likes on the 15th of August. The winner will get a free course in the language and level of their choice in a group of at least four students during the academic year of 2017-2018.

  • June 5, 2017
  • Vasso

Summer School 2017

This summer Kookoovaja offers intensive courses in Dutch and Greek in Utrecht. These courses are for students who want to reach a higher level in a short time, would like to immerse fully into the language or just like to learn Dutch or Greek during the holidays! With 3-6 participants the course has a high individual approach.

Read more about the intensive courses here.

  • April 21, 2017
  • Samantha

Time for that boost!

Holidays booked? Time to boost your (foreign) language speaking skills to experience the culture to the max! Follow a short language course in Greek, French, Italian, Romanian or Spanish at Kookoovaja.

Interested? Apply for a short language course now.

  • April 19, 2017
  • Samantha

Follow a mini-lesson during the meet-the-teacher-day

We welcome you to at the 26th of March to the meet-the-teacher day. We are there to answer your questions and talk more detailed about the classes from 14h00 till 17h00.

Follow a free mini-lesson of the language you would like to learn, discuss your personal situation with your teacher and, if required, take a placement test.

Interested? Contact us to apply for the mini-lesson.

place: Podium Oost (left entrance)
Oudwijkerdwarsstraat 148, 3581LJ Utrecht

program:
14h30-15h30 French general info - Stephanie
14h45-15h45 Romanian general info - Oana
14h00-17h00 Modern Greek general info - Vasso
14h00-17h00 Italian general info - Valentina
14h00-17h00 English general info - Laurel

MINI-LESSONS
14h45 mini-lesson FRENCH
15h15 mini-lesson ROMANIAN
15h45 mini-lesson MODERN GREEK
16h15 mini-lesson ITALIAN

  • March 16, 2017
  • Samantha

10% off on your first course*

Apply before March 30th and get a 10% discount * on your first course at Kookoovaja!

The third block of this academic year starts April 4th. Our team of enthusiastic native language teachers are excited to teach you their mother-tongue and home-culture. Language courses at Kookoovaja have a high personal approach. With 4-6 students everyone gets a lot of personal attention and you can immediately converse with classmates.

* conditions: apply before March 30th, valid for new students only and not valid for Dutch courses.

  • March 8, 2017
  • Samantha

New language courses at Kookoovaja!

Want to go on vacation well-prepared? Did you find your big love and would like to learn his/her mother-tongue? Do you often do business with international partners? Or are you looking to improve your academic skills in English? Kookoovaja is the place for you! Besides Dutch and Modern Greek, we now added these five languages to the list of courses:

Get inspired by these languages Kookoovaja now offers. Missing a language? let us know!

You are invited at the meet-the-teacher day on the 26th of March. More info will follow soon.

  • March 1, 2017
  • Samantha

Kookoovaja opens second space at Podium Oost

Just opened Kookoovaja's second space at Podium Oost Utrecht. Look at the excitement on our faces! We can't wait to start our classes here in April!

Podium Oost is a blooming cultural centre in Utrecht-Oost that hosts many cultural and social activities, such as music lessons by deMuziekFabriek, activities for people with starting dementia by Odensehuis Andante, dance and meditation classes. On a regular base they also host concerts and gatherings. The program will soon be announced in De Oostkrant.

More info coming your way soon!

  • February 26, 2017
  • Vasso

Sunday Session #9: Christmas edition

Time to celebrate Christmas and the beginning of a new multilingual year! All students are invited to the Sunday Session special Christmas edition on December 11th. Between 12h00-13h00 we welcome you with coffee/tea and sweets. Followed by the program that includes Dutch cuisine, (Dutch) music, (Dutch) games and a surprise from Sinterklaas...
Please give notice of your presence before December 7th.

  • Dec 1, 2016
  • Samantha

Winter School

This winter Kookoovaja offers intensive Dutch courses in the centre of Utrecht. These courses are for students who want to reach a higher level in a short time, would like to immerse fully into the Dutch language or just like to learn Dutch during the holidays! With 3-6 participants the course has a high individual approach.

Application deadline is the 18th of December. Read more about the intensive courses here.

  • November 29, 2016
  • Samantha

Sunday session #8: autumn film special

Time for another Sunday Session! This time we will have a look at the fabulous world of Dutch tv-series and films. What better than a warm cup of tea and a good movie to get through the winter?

You are invited to join the eighth session on Sunday 6th of November.

Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome. Upcoming dates will be announced through the website and facebook page.

Date: Sunday 6th of November
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • October 28, 2016
  • Samantha

New academic year and meet the teacher day

After a lovely summer Kookoovaja starts Dutch and Greek classes again from the 12th of September. You can apply using the contact form or by sending an e-mail.

Before we start, a Meet-The-Teacher-day will take place. This personal meeting gives you the oppertunity to get an idea of the teacher and the classroom and gives us an idea of you and your history in language learning. On the 10th of September you are welcome to meet us. Please contact us here or send an e-mail.

Samantha and Vasso are looking forward to seeing you in class!

Read more about Dutch classes here.
Read more about Greek classes here.
Find more practical information like vacation dates here.

  • August 19, 2016
  • Samantha

Summer School

This summer Kookoovaja offers intensive Dutch courses in the centre of Utrecht. These courses are for students who want to reach a higher level in a short time, would like to immerse fully into the Dutch language or just like to learn Dutch during the summer! With 3-6 participants the course has a high individual approach.

Application deadline is the 8th of July. Read more about the intensive courses here.

  • June 6, 2016
  • Samantha

Sunday session #7

Six fabulous Sunday Sessions have past. We have listened to Dutch music, watched Dutch movies/tv-series, played Dutch word games and celebrated holidays. In the next session we will be playing more fun (word) games and will be diving into summertime!

You are invited to join the seventh session on Sunday 26th of June. Also good to know that this is the last Sunday Session before the summer holidays.

Date: Sunday 26th of June
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • June 6, 2016
  • Samantha

Meet the teacher

A meet-the-teacher day takes place on Saturday April 9th. If you are interested in taking class, but would like to meet your teacher before subscribing, this is your chance!

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to receive details on location and time.

  • March 30, 2016
  • Samantha

New block starts 11th of April

The third block starts from April 11th. Interested in following a course? Please apply for the course on time, in order to be placed in a suitable group for you.
Vasso and Samantha are looking forward to having you in class!

  • March 30, 2016
  • Samantha

Saturday Session #6: Music edition

All students are invited to the Saturday Session special music edition on February 20th. After five successful Sunday Sessions watching Dutch movies/tv-series, playing Dutch word games and celebrating, the next session is announced.

Another special edition: Kookoovaja combines its students of Dutch and Greek together in a music themed afternoon. Dutch and Greek music will fill the corners of the room and homemade Greek food will fill our stomachs. You are invited to join the sixth session on Saturday the 20th of October.

Date: Saturday 20th of February
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • Feb 5, 2016
  • Samantha

New course: English for academic purposes

We are proud to present a new course in our program: English for academic purposes. Vasso will be teaching you the skills that will make you a confident speaker and writer of English in an academic environment.

Interested? Have a look at the course page or fill in the contactform to subscribe!

  • December 18, 2015
  • Samantha

Meet the teacher

A meet-the-teacher evening takes place on January 6th. If you are interested in taking class, but would like to meet your teacher before subscribing, this is your chance!

Fill in the contactform or send an e-mail to receive details on location and time.

  • December 15, 2015
  • Samantha

Start new block in 2016

Group courses start from January 11th. For individual courses, ask your teacher when you start.

Interested in following a course? Please apply for the course on time, in order to be placed in a suitable group for you.

Vasso and Samantha are looking forward to having you in class!

  • December 15, 2015
  • Samantha

Sunday Session #5: Christmas edition

All students are invited to the Sunday Session special Christmas edition on December 13th. Between 12h00-13h00 we welcome you with coffee/tea and sweets. Followed by the program that includes Dutch cuisine, (Dutch) music, (Dutch) games and a surprise from Sinterklaas...
Please give notice of your presence before December 10th.

  • Nov 20, 2015
  • Samantha

Sunday session #4: autumn special

A special autumn edition of the Sunday Session. After three successful Sunday Sessions watching Dutch movies/tv-series and playing Dutch word games, the next session is announced. A special edition: the official opening of Kookoovaja's first classroom will bring young and old, Dutch and international together to celebrate this joyful news. You are invited to join the fourth session on Sunday the 25th of October.

Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome. Because of the celebration, there will be drinks and other, but feel free to bring your own. Upcoming dates will be announced through the website and facebook page.

Date: Sunday 25th of October
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • April 1, 2015
  • Samantha

Meet the teacher

A meet-the-teacher day takes place on September 12th. If you are interested in taking class, but would like to meet your teacher before subscribing, this is your chance!

Send an e-mail or fill in the contactform to receive details on location and time

  • August 18, 2015
  • Samantha

Start new block

Group courses start from September 14th. For individual courses, ask your teacher when you start. Also the Sunday Sessions will start again from October, keep an eye on the agenda for more info

Interested in following a course? Please apply for the course on time, in order to be placed in a suitable group for you.

Vasso and Samantha are looking forward to having you in class!

  • August 1, 2015
  • Samantha

Have a great summer!

Time for summer! We wish everybody great holidays!

We will be back in September, ready to hear all about your summer adventures!

  • July 18, 2015
  • Samantha

Dutch Sunday afternoon session #3

After two very succesfull Sunday Sessions watching Dutch movies/tv-series and playing Dutch word games, the next session is announced. This one, beside the fun movies and games, will focus on the theme spring in the Netherlands. You are invited to join the third session on Sunday the 19th of April.

Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome. To keep costs low, it is a bring your own policy. Thank you for understanding. Upcoming dates will be announced through the website and facebook page.

Date: Sunday 19th of April
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • April 1, 2015
  • Samantha

Start of the new block

The second block starts from April 20th. Interested in following a course? Please apply for the course on time, in order to be placed in a suitable group for you.
Vasso and Samantha are looking forward to having you in class!

  • April 1, 2015
  • Samantha

Dutch Sunday afternoon session #2

You are invited to join a Dutch-themed afternoon once every month. The second session will be on Sunday the 15th of March. Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome.
To keep costs low, it is a bring your own policy. Thank you for understanding. Upcoming dates will be announced through the website and facebook page.

Date: Sunday 15th of March
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • March 3, 2015
  • Samantha

New! Modern Greek courses

Kookoovaja now also offers Modern Greek courses. Are you planning a vacation in Greece and would like to communicate in Greek? Or ready for taking your Greek language skills to the next level? This is the right place for learning Greek!

Your teacher Vasso will take you on the Greek road in courses on all levels. For more information or applying use the contact form or send an e-mail.

Read more about Vasso and her experience in language teaching here.
Read more about the Modern Greek language courses here.

  • Feb 8, 2015
  • Samantha

Dutch Sunday afternoon session

You are invited to join a Dutch-themed afternoon once every month. The first session will be on Sunday the 8th of February. Students of all levels can join in and learn more about the Dutch culture and practice their Dutch together. Also non-students who are interested in learning Dutch are welcome.
To keep costs low, it is a bring your own policy. Thank you for understanding. Upcoming dates will be announced through the website and facebook page.

Date: Sunday 8th of February
Time: 13h00-16h00
Costs: free - bring your own
To apply: send an e-mail saying you will be joining.

  • Jan 23, 2015
  • Samantha

Start of the new block

The second block starts from January 12th. Interested in following a course? Please apply for the course on time, in order to be placed in a suitable group for you.
Samantha is looking forward to having you in class!

  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Samantha

Christmas celebration

All students are invited to the Christmas party on December 14th. Between 12h00-13h00 we welcome you with coffee/tea and sweets. Followed by the program that includes Dutch cuisine, (Dutch) music, (Dutch) games and a surprise from Sinterklaas...
Please give notice of your presence before December 10th.

  • Nov 1, 2014
  • Samantha

Launch website

November 2014 the website was launched. The website contains information about Kookoovaja, the courses offered and practical information for current and future students. Please notify Samantha if the content is incomplete or incorrect.

  • Nov 1, 2014
  • Samantha