Hans Haijtema

Hans studied political science at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, he was always busy learning other languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese and – briefly – modern Hebrew. After graduating, he worked as an editor for almost 18 years.

Hans made the switch to language education in 2018. Shortly afterwards, he followed the training to become a teacher of Dutch as a second language. A beautiful and versatile profession. His goals? He believes it is important to offer students inspiration and to increase their self-confidence when learning Dutch. In Hans’ lessons, the favorite words of students are always discussed. Hans’ favorite word is ‘loodgrijs’: the vowel combination o/ij evokes an ominous feeling in him. His color blindness may also play a role in this, because gray is the only ‘color’ he sees well.

Hans lives in Amsterdam, loves soccer, cycling and long distance walks. He also likes to read, such as Dutch literature and historical books. He is also a lover of Miroslav Sasek, the famous Czech illustrator who made beautiful watercolor drawings. Finally, Hans follows the developments in the (inter)national soccer world and ‘political The Hague’ via podcasts. Indeed, the political scientist in him just lives on…