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

challenges of motherhood, Dutch language, Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, School, Sinterklaas

Sharing our Roots – an interview with Charlie Raemakers

Continuing the series about passing on culture and traditions to children who were born or who live in a different birth country to one or both parents -  this week Charlie Raemakers shares her experiences.Charlie was born in Scotland and currently lives in Hollands Kroon in the Netherlands. She has two children who were born… Continue reading Sharing our Roots – an interview with Charlie Raemakers