Brecht smiling for the camera

Teacher: Brecht

Dutch teacher

I’ve always had a broad interest in other languages and cultures. That has lead to focusing on language in my studies, and also learning a few foreign languages myself. Fascinated by the unknown, but so special to discover a new world and slowly make it your own. In my experience learning a language is the key to a country, its people,  and culture. During my studies I always looked for the connection with society, which made it a logical step to become a teacher myself. I take fulfillment from guiding people through the same process, and enjoy being ‘on the other side’ of it. For me working together, speaking and working in an interactive way are important in a lesson: this way learning a new language is as fun as possible!

Brief CV

Before she started studying, Brecht has lived in Bologna, Italy, for half a year to learn in Italian (2010). After that she studied Language and Culture Studies, focusing on linguistics, in which she graduated with honors (2014). A masters in language acquisition and bilingualism at the same university followed (2015). In the meantime, Brecht followed several language courses, and did an Erasmus exchange in Siena, Italy (2014). From 2016 – 2021 she worked amongst other things as a teacher for
TopTaal, and obtained a teachers degree in 2018. Brecht will continue working as an independent teacher in Utrecht.


Passionate and patient teacher!

Really great intro to Dutch with a passionate and patient teacher! – Liam

Interesting and productive learning experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Kookoovaja. Small classes and a variety of learning methods resulted in an interesting and productive learning experience. – Kester

Excellent experience!

My experience with Kookoovaja has been excellent so far. Fun lessons that will definitely help you improve your Dutch language skills. Highly recommended! – Ilias

A fun, structured and innovative way to learn!

If you want to learn Dutch in a fun, structured and innovative way, this is the place to be! In a short amount of time I felt very comfortable with the language and the way of learning in Kookoovaja! – Christina

My Dutch has improved and my confidence also

Thank you Samantha for the wonderful semester class. I enjoyed our cosy, stimulating sessions. Thank you for supporting and encouraging us, and challenging us to learn a bit more each day. I definitely feel my Dutch has improved and my confidence also 🙂 – Yukari

Interesting course with really nice energy!

The energy during the class was really nice as well as the environment, making learning Dutch interesting and fun! – Nikos

Super fun and useful!

My beginner’s Dutch class at Kookoovaja was super fun and useful! I can now confidently order at a café or shop at the market and make small talk with Dutch colleagues at work. Totally recommend it! – Eva

Learn while having fun

After the course, I am able to introduce myself and make my orders at bars or restaurants. I can initiate small conversations with the locals. It feels great to learn while having fun. – Sofia

A sense of community

This is my second course with Kookoovaja and it has been just as worthwhile as the first! It was nice to see most of my class companions from the previous block, because then there was a sense of community and speaking and learning became more easy-going. – Julia

I would definitely recommend it!

I am very happy that I’ve chosen to learn Dutch with Kookoovaja! I enjoyed the exercises, the grammar was very well structured and being exposed to Dutch conversations developed considerably my ability to follow the people around me. The teacher made learning a difficult language very fun and I could see progress shortly after I started the course. I would definitely recommend Kookoovaja! – Luiza