Teacher: Margarita

Dutch teacher – Margarita has over 30 years of experience in education, from kindergarten to university, from the classroom to local and European educational policy. Bulgarian born, Margarita studied in the USA and now lives in the Netherlands. She speaks at least three languages on a daily basis and loves to play with languages – the melody, the emotion, the difference in looking at things. Currently, she teaches Dutch to people with various backgrounds – refugees, expats, students and (East European) work migrants. She is happy to introduce people to the language and the culture of The Netherlands: a country she calls home now. The strength of Margarita’s approach is the ability to relate to the native language of the learner and to respond to the specific ways people acquire a language and their own objectives. She engages her students with flexibility, broad cultural knowledge and sense of humor.

Margarita holds a PhD in education and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Policy Science. She is a certified English teacher and has succesfully obtained her certification for teaching Dutch as a second language.


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