For the past weeks I’ve been trying to study, preparing for my Inburgeringsexamen – the Dutch language exam that I must pass in order to be granted “Long stay Visa” aka Temporary Residence Permit and the ability to stay in NL with my Dutch fiance. He is the reason why I would like to move to Netherlands.
This is a huge pressure for me because I don’t have a lot of time to study since I’m working full time.
My fiance bought me the Naar Nederland book when he came here for vacation last December to help me with my self-study. I have also found other resources online that can help me pass the exam. Ofcourse, Mijn Liefje has been very supportive and is always helping me during his free time.
The exam is divided in 3 parts:
KNS– Kennis van de Nederlandse Samenleving = Knowledge of Dutch Society
TGN– Toets Gesproken Nederlands = Oral Dutch Language Test
GBL– Geletterdheid en Begrijpend Lezen = Literacy and Comprehensive Reading
It is not required to write at the exam. So I need to read, listen & speak. And for me to pass, I must be able to comprehend and speak Dutch at NT2 proficiency level A1.
Ofcourse I must pass this exam, but passing the exam is so not the point. I want to be able to talk to him in Dutch, to be able to have long conversations with his family and friends when I go there in April. I want to watch the Dutch news and understand what’s going on without relying on Google translator. I want to feel like I belong, to understand my new tribe. I want to be able to make people laugh in Dutch the way I can in Filipino and English.
I just hope that I will NOT sh!t in my pants during the exam. Ah! LIFE sure brings forth many surprising gifts. I wouldn’t have thought that I’ll be learning Dutch a few years back!