Learning a new language is entering a new world. Studying a new language is discovering a new you. But why study Dutch? In this interactive talk Kris Van de Poel, Secretary General of the Dutch Language Union, will explore some of the finest characteristics of the language that has a shared past with English. The talk will take a closer look at the diversity of people speaking it in different continents and the wealth of social structures and cultural products arising from it. It will become clear that it is worth considering the Dutch language and culture as more than a throat disease, windmills, good food, and communicative people.