It's quite well known that most Dutch people in the metropolitan areas of the Netherlands have an excellent command of English - so much so that it's entirely possible to live in this country for years without needing to learn more than basic Dutch. Nevertheless, we know that most expats are still interested in taking on the challenge of learning Dutch for a variety of reasons: from wanting to make Dutch friends or enjoy Dutch media, to using Dutch to get a job or to get ahead in the workplace. But Dutch has many quirks that can make it hard for learners to master it, and it can often feel like there is an insurmountable plateau after learning basic Dutch. To that end, Volunteer The Hague invited language educator and linguist Gabriel Rodriguez to give the keynote talk at the opening of our latest Mix & Match Networking Event. Here, Gabriel offered attendees some helpful and important tips for how to tackle Dutch language study easily and effectively.