Culture, Expat, Languages

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

In┬áresponse 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

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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.┬áI 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

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

Dutch language, Languages

8 Ways to Improve Your Dutch Language Skills

Dutch is not the easiest language to learn but there are ways to help you pick the language up a little quicker. Whatever your situation, living in the Netherlands means you need to have some level of Dutch language skills to get around; even if it is just to be able to read traffic signs… Continue reading 8 Ways to Improve Your Dutch Language Skills