Dutch language, joys of motherhood, Languages, Motherhood, Parenting, Parenting Dutch Style

How Dutch Nursery Rhymes Helped Me Integrate as an Expat Mother

When I was pregnant for the first time I had a renewed interest in nursery rhymes; all those childhood favourites suddenly flooded into my head, breaking through the barrier that adulthood had erected. I wasn't just remembering the English songs from my childhood, but I started learning Dutch ones too. Nursery Rhymes as a Language… Continue reading How Dutch Nursery Rhymes Helped Me Integrate as an Expat Mother

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Dutch, Dutch language, Languages, The Netherlands

There’s More Than One Way to Speak Dutch: Welcome in the Achterhoek

I moved to the Netherlands in 2000 and over the years I have learnt Dutch the best I can. In 2017 I moved to the Achterhoek and suddenly faced the issue that this part of the Netherlands doesn't speak the same Dutch language as the West of the country. You know when people speaking Dutch… Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Speak Dutch: Welcome in the Achterhoek

Food, Holidays/ Celebrations, Pancakes, Typically Dutch

8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

Dutch food is not like anything you have eaten before. Of that I am sure. Here's the low down of what to expect when encountering typical Dutch food. 1. Lower Expectations If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed. Typical Dutch food is not haute cuisine. It is not fine dining. In fact, some… Continue reading 8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

Netherlands, Politics

How to Cast Your Vote for Today’s Dutch Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen and Referendum

It's local election day in the Netherlands today. You can also vote in a referendum on the new intelligence service law which the government want to introduce. Here's the Turning Dutch guide to voting today: You need to take your stempas and ID (passport, ID card or rijbewijs) to your local stembureau. This is indicated… Continue reading How to Cast Your Vote for Today’s Dutch Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen and Referendum

Discrimination, Parenting, Society, The Netherlands

Homophobia in Liberal and Tolerant Dutch Society And What We Can Learn From Our Children

The Netherlands is a liberal country. Dutch society prides itself on being open and tolerant. But is it? A recent suit company advertising campaign may just have blown that particular theory to pieces. If you live in the Netherlands, you are probably more than aware of the discussion caused by Suitsupply's recent marketing campaign that… Continue reading Homophobia in Liberal and Tolerant Dutch Society And What We Can Learn From Our Children