The Dutch are famous for being pragmatic and preferring a direct style of communication, at the same time as favoring modesty, and this is reflected in their language. With its rich culture, Dutch is also the language of the Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer and Fran Hals, as well as the ever popular Van Gogh. Learning Dutch is een goed idee (good idea) as it’s easy to learn and very cool sounding. Spoken by more than 23 million native speakers in the Netherlands and in Belgium, as well as in Suriname in South America, it also opens the door to Afrikaans. Nearly 90-95% of Afrikaans vocabulary is of Dutch origin!