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Academic vocabulary for students in Dutch

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Learning a new language can be a challenge, especially when it comes to building an academic vocabulary that can help students engage in complex discussions and understand scholarly texts. For those learning Dutch, a solid foundation of key academic terms is essential. Below you’ll find a selection of Dutch academic vocabulary complete with definitions and example sentences to help you develop your language skills in an educational context.

Studie translates to “study” and refers to the act of learning or examining something in detail.
Hij heeft jarenlang studie gemaakt van de Nederlandse taal.

Onderzoek means “research” and is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
De universiteit financiert haar onderzoek naar duurzame energiebronnen.

Theorie is “theory,” which is a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something.
Deze theorie verklaart de sociale dynamiek van groepsgedrag.

Begrip translates to “concept” and refers to an idea or principle that is a part of something larger.
Dat is een interessant begrip in de context van culturele antropologie.

Argument in Dutch is similar to the English “argument,” meaning a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong.
Zij stelde een sterk argument op voor de bescherming van bedreigde diersoorten.

Conclusie means “conclusion,” which is the end or finish of an event, process, or text.
De conclusie van zijn proefschrift was verrassend.

Hypothese equates to “hypothesis” and is a proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
Haar hypothese zal worden getest in de komende experimenten.

Methodologie is “methodology,” referring to a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.
De methodologie van het onderzoek is zorgvuldig ontworpen om nauwkeurigheid te waarborgen.

Publicatie translates as “publication,” which is the act of making something publicly known, typically some written work.
De wetenschapper bereidt zich voor op zijn volgende publicatie in een gerenommeerd tijdschrift.

Statistiek means “statistics” and refers to the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities.
We gebruiken statistiek om gedragstrends in de maatschappij te analyseren.

Referentie is “reference” and refers to the action of mentioning or alluding to something.
Ze heeft verschillende academische artikelen als referentie gebruikt voor haar eindscriptie.

Cursus translates to “course,” meaning a series of lessons or lectures on a particular subject.
De studenten moeten een basiscursus statistiek volgen voordat zij hun specialisatie kiezen.

Analyse is “analysis,” which is the detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.
De analyseresultaten zullen bepalen welke stappen we vervolgens nemen.

These means “thesis,” which is a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved.
Ze verdedigde haar these met uitstekend onderbouwde argumenten.

Kennis equates to “knowledge,” which is facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education.
Kennis van de Nederlandse cultuur is essentieel voor het begrijpen van de literatuur.

By incorporating these academic words into your Dutch vocabulary, you can deepen your understanding of scholarly materials and participate in academic discussions with greater confidence. Use them to build more complex sentences and express ideas with clarity and precision as you continue on your Dutch language learning journey.

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