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)

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Dutch, Dutch language

Mandarijnen! How Difficult Can it Be?

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?

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, Dutch, Dutch language, Languages

This Dutch Language Struggle is Real

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

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

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