Sue and Koala,
It's just too tempting not to mention the cliche that you are never too old to learn. I knew a lady who took up learning French at the age of 92! Learning Dutch in Australia without any Dutch people to talk to must be quite a challenge. What a wonderful motivation you have, to be able to communicate with your daughter's father in law.
Learning Dutch when you are IN the Netherlands brings along its own difficulties, as Sue outlined. My partner used to get quite discouraged when people would respond in English when he was speaking Dutch. That seemed to be standard practice when we lived in Amsterdam. People would even address me
in English when they overheard me talking to my partner in English. As if my Dutch was not good enough
Despite this interesting habit of speaking English to anyone with a foreign accent, foreigners are expected to speak fluent Dutch after a while. Sue, I am glad your husband is so supportive. It takes courage to start speaking a foreign language and there are, unfortunately, always people who do not realize that.
Tagalog_la, I think the following topics may be interesting: (English language) programs in the Netherlands
) and NT2 / CNaVT
. Is your girlfriend joining you to Holland?