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
Ever heard the term papadag? About half of new Dutch dads take a regular papadag. And when it comes to work life balance many Dutch people know what they are doing, About half of new Dutch fathers regularly take a (half) day every week or two off work to care for their children. In Dutch… Continue reading Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance
Do you prefer to be called mama or papa, like the Dutch use, or the terms in your native language? In my English case, this would be mummy. A Bilingual Household I speak English to my sons. The idea was always that they would then speak English back to me. It's an ongoing battle experiment. However,… Continue reading I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy
Last month I published a blog post which threw up the question whether making local friends in the Netherlands is easy to do. The resounding response was no, not really. Luckily, there was also positivity from some thrown in for good measure. Mixed Feelings About Making Friends With the Locals Some of you indicated that making… Continue reading How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)
Hard to make friends, difficult to learn the local language, fit into the local culture and integrate into the local community. Does this sound like your expat life in the Netherlands? That Was Then, And Now? Expat Survey Results Back in 2011, according to the Expat Explorer Survey carried out for HSBC Bank International, the Netherlands placed… Continue reading It is Impossible to Integrate, Fit into the Local Culture and Make Dutch Friends. Discuss.
I have once more been let loose on the Dutch Jumbo supermarket app. Oh lachen. My last attempt to use the voice activated shopping list caused my three Dutch sons to almost wet themselves with laughter. Well, I've done it again. This time around it was sweet juicy orange fruit that caused the giggles. And yes,… Continue reading Mandarijnen! How Difficult Can it Be?
Anyone that comes to the Netherlands and says they don't need to learn Dutch because everyone here speaks such brilliant English has forgotten something: voice activated shopping lists. Put simply the Jumbo supermarket app doesn't operate in English so if you want your shopping delivered you'd better enrol in those Dutch lessons. But even then… Continue reading This Dutch Language Struggle is Real