Teacher: Samantha

Dutch teacher

Learning Greek made me realise how valuable it is to know multiple languages and to become familiar with other cultures. It has opened up a new world to me and I have gained invaluable friendships. This awareness inspired me to become a teacher. I want to pass on my affection for language learning to everyone in my classroom and, each lesson, I want to get the most out of my students by creating a friendly environment and showing sincere interest so we can work on this puzzle together. Finding creative solutions to present difficult grammatical structures or to motivate even the quiet students to talk are challenges that I am happy to take on.

Brief CV

From a young age Samantha was interested in languages and their puzzling qualities. Pursuing her love of languages, she decided to study Modern Greek at the University of Amsterdam (2008) and later also Linguistics (2010). She obtained a bachelor’s degree in both (2012), but wanted to further explore the possibilities of putting linguistics into practice. A master in applied linguistics at the University of Utrecht followed, where she had the chance to expand her knowledge of Dutch as a second language. She graduated with honours and continued working at Utrecht University as a research assistant (2012-2016). It was during this time that she created the stable foundations for Kookoovaja which was established in 2014.


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

Perfect learning environment!

The teachers are very motivated, together with the small group size, a perfect learning environment! – Katrin

Fluent and confident just in a few meetings

This course helped me a lot to speak more confidently and fluently than I was before just in a few meetings. I did not know that I was able to speak a lot of things that I have learned until I tried. – Jessica

Great experience!

It was a great experience to learn Dutch with a small and friendly group, Samantha is very positive and helpful. I really enjoyed it! – Tutku

Trustable institute with reliable teachers. I happily enjoyed this journey!

I joined the Dutch course for beginners and happily enjoyed literally all the times of this short journey. In a friendly, warm, multicultural, and motivational environment, I was able to hit my personal target that was laying the foundation of learning Dutch. I would recommend Kookoovaja as a trustable institute and Samantha as a reliable teacher to count on.
– Reza

My Dutch improved exponentially

Samantha is great, my dutch improved exponentially since I started the courses with Kookoovaja. The focus on personal goal, and on teaching Dutch as how a native would speak the language, has built my confidence in using Dutch more in my day to day.
– Lamia

Welcoming environment

Kookoovaja is a great opportunity to learn and practice Dutch in a welcoming environment. – Lairson

You start speaking more and more!

Definitely recommend to follow a course with Kookoovaja. The teachers are positive, motivational and find new ways to make the lessons interactive. We played taboo in Dutch, we had discussions and they gave us practical ways to start using Dutch on our daily life; without realizing it you start speaking more and more! Evi

Small groups and fun classes!

What I like about Kookoovaja are the small groups, the games and fun activities during the class, which make learning Dutch more interesting! Myrto