Bikes, Cycling, Dutch language, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt

Living in the Netherlands means you'll eventually take on Dutch habits. Here are five simple ways to adjust to Dutch life. Talk Like the Dutch The Dutch may have an excellent command of English, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't attempt to speak Dutch. No one is saying it's easy, but making an effort does count.… Continue reading 5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt

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British, Children, Dutch, Languages, Multicultural, Uncategorized

I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy

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

Culture, Dutch, Dutch language

How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)

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)

Culture, Expat, Languages

Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

In response to an article I wrote for The Telegraph back in 2010 one helpful reader suggested that living in the Netherlands was easy because it is just like Britain. You can speak English and the culture is the same. He's an idiot. The Netherlands is different and if you want to lead a happy life… Continue reading Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

Bilingual, Dutch language, English, Languages

Dutch and English – A Bilingual Life is an Interesting One

Living in the Netherlands means that my life is conducted in two languages - Dutch and English. Whilst some people may think this makes life complicated, I think it spices things up. Life is interesting in two languages - being bilingual is enriching. As well as all the other advantages! Some Dutch Sounds are Unnatural… Continue reading Dutch and English – A Bilingual Life is an Interesting One

Bilingual, Children, Expat, Languages, Multicultural, Parenting, School

Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

My children are bilingual and so teaching them to read in English from a very early age was a priority for me. I now have three boys who can read well in both English and Dutch. However, it hasn't happened by itself. I worked hard. They worked hard. My number one tip is to use all… Continue reading Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language