I moved to NL from the States 12 months ago and had a hard time. After an easy start, things kept getting worse and I didn't know what to do, if returning back home or not. My children just started to settle in at school and made new friends. I felt that I was failing. When Ute told me that this is what can happen to expats and guided me through this stage, I felt a huge relief. – I'm still in the NL and am volunteering at school. I'll soon do my NT2 and hope to find a job soon. – Kaitlyn G.
My husband and I were concerned about our son who is 2 and barely speaks. We attended Ute's workshop "Parenting the Bilingual Child" and had a consultation session with Ute, where we analized our situation in detail. We made a language plan and looked at the possibilities (school, moving abroad etc.). Ute is an expert in bilingualism and gave us very important tips on how to proceed this next year. We can highly recommend Ute! She illustrated what to expect, and what was important for me: how to respond when teachers or consultatieburo tell you not to speak your language to your child! – Sara & Nadar B.
I attended Ute's workshop about Bilingualism. I speak Russian to my children but one of them has difficulties at school. Ute showed me different strategies to help him and the situation is much better now. Knowing that I can ask her for advice if other problems arise is very helpful. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience! – Irina O.
Ute's workshop on Parenting the Bilingual Child was a real eye-opener! She clearly knows what she is talking about and we asked her to mediate for us with our son's school. He was assessed when he was 6 and we were worried because he was way behind the other children... Ute's intervention helped also the teachers to look at our son and other bilingual children in another way: they now can even talk Spanish on the playground! – Linda P.
Highly recommended workshop for bilingual children. Ute has an excellent academical background on the subject backed up with her family experience, having children speaking several languages. She answer with detail any question during the workshop. This workshop has been a big relief from my wife and me, because it knocked down some myth on this subject that other (uninformed) people told us.
German is not an easy language for me. I couldn't pronounce some sounds and Ute helped me with phonetical training to optimize my pronunciation. I feel much more confident now! – Katarina Y.
I really enjoy Ute's German lessons! I get to choose texts that I like and she slips in Grammar now and then. We speak a lot, talk about all kind of topics. Her way of explaining German grammar by comparing it to my mother-tongue (Spanish) makes it much easier for me to understand! She is brilliant! – Julia D. O.
Ute's workshops are very professional and fast paced. She has a very indepth knowledge of the topics and shares the latest scientific findings. I've been at her workshops "Moving on, relocating and staying behind" and "Parenting the bilingual child". I can warmly recommend both of them! – Barbara G.
Feedbacks for my Dutch Culture workshops:
Ute's workshop was a real eye-opener! I would have needed this workshop 3 years ago... (Anna Carla S.)
Ute's workshop is fantastic! She gives so many insights into every day life with locals. I live here 10 years now but learned so much from her! Amazing! (Melanie R.)
The workshop was very clear and well balanced. I loved that she also talked about the language. Very helpful and welcoming for someone who just moved here. (Catherine D.)
The workshop was very informative, good humoured and the best presentation I saw! Well done and thank you! (Paul O.)
I learned a lot of things about Dutch people. A good way to introduce my self with my neighbours, how to do it and when. Very informative! (Jia H.)
Ute gives very good tips and clarification about Dutch culture. Super presentation! (Steve C.)
Highly recommended workshop for bilingual children! Ute has an excellent academical background on the subject backed up with her family experience, having children speaking several languages. She answer with detail any question during the workshop. This workshop has been a big relief from my wife and me, because it knocked down some myth on this subject that other (uninformed) people told us. (Anonymous father)
In her workshop about Dutch Culture, Ute not only gave answers about typical practice and expectations in terms of how formal emails/letters salutations should be depending on the context, but also about body language, gestures and much more! (Participant of my workshop for partners at TU Delft)
I learnt a lot! Especially about everyday life of people in the Netherlands and their body language. (Participant of my workshop for partners at TU Delft)