Languages

When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?

Nearly nineteen years living in the Netherlands and I live my daily life in Dutch. Would I call myself fluent? No, nee, absoluut niet. So when can you think of yourself as fluent? This post was prompted by this tweet. What does Fluent Mean? When a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily,… Continue reading When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?

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Politics

There’s a Reason for the Political Backlash in the Netherlands. And it Starts at the Local Level.

Politics. Politicians. Democracy. Elections. Corruption. All buzz words right now, with negative connotations for many. There's a backlash, wherever you look, from voters. People are fed up of feeling unrepresented by the people they voted to represent them. It's not just a Brexit sentiment - it's rife in the Netherlands at the moment too. At… Continue reading There’s a Reason for the Political Backlash in the Netherlands. And it Starts at the Local Level.

The Importance of Personal Boundaries When You Move Abroad
Expat, Family

The Importance of Personal Boundaries When You Move Abroad

Setting your own boundaries is not just healthy, it's essential for your wellbeing. That applies when you move abroad. In fact, it is even more important when you move overseas. Why is Setting Personal Boundaries Important? Your own personal boundaries guide your decision making. Boundaries are a clear way of communicating your mental, physical and… Continue reading The Importance of Personal Boundaries When You Move Abroad

7 Top Tips from a Language Teacher to Help You Learn Dutch
Bilingual, Dutch, Uncategorized

7 Top Tips from a Language Teacher to Help You Learn Dutch

What's the secret to mastering that guttural 'g' sound that only the Dutch seem to be able to effortlessly produce? How do you get your tongue to curl to roll that 'r'? I have no idea, but I do have seven other top tips to share with you to get you speaking Dutch like King… Continue reading 7 Top Tips from a Language Teacher to Help You Learn Dutch

Easter in the Netherlands
Netherlands

Good Friday is Not Always so Good in the Netherlands

My kids are in school today, on Good Friday. It's the first time it has ever been a school day for them. Most other kids are off school today. So what are the rules around goede vrijdag, as Good Friday is known in the Netherlands? What Dutch Law Says About Good Friday Good Friday is… Continue reading Good Friday is Not Always so Good in the Netherlands

How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad
Culture, Expat

How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad

When you move overseas you adapt. Well, you do if you want happiness to be a part of your expat life. Sometimes, it strikes you just how far you have adapted to a new country when you least expect it. Like when you order a Chinese takeaway. Chinese Takeaway English Style At the end of… Continue reading How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad

Culture

The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space

The Dutch and the British are different species when it comes to many things but the different approaches to personal space is particularly worth a mention. Let's Start with Elevator Etiquette Have you ever been stuck with a Brit in a lift? Chances are it was a peaceful affair but quite possibly with an air… Continue reading The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space