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
Whenever I am asked if I want something brought over from England I reply instantly with Branston Pickle. That's it. Since coming to the Netherlands in 2000 my expat care package has shrunk dramatically. Here's why. The Effect of Culture Shock When I first moved to the Netherlands I imported just about everything and anything… Continue reading Expat Life: Why My Care Packages From ‘Home’ Shrank
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
How much do you really know about the Netherlands? Isn't there more to the country than the windmill, cheese and clog stereotypes that everyone associates with the Dutch? Head over to the Multicultural Kid Blogs website to read 10 fun facts about the Netherlands!
When a mother is born it's a beautiful thing. When she's living abroad that experience is something even more - beautiful but also scary, funny, mystifying and certainly a journey full of bumps in the road and cultural (mis)adventures. That's what our book 'Knocked Up Abroad Again' is all about - the magical experience of… Continue reading Knocked Up Abroad Again: Parenting Abroad
A long long time ago, in a far away land two young girls wrote letters to each other and became good friends. Well, okay, it wasn't in a land that far away but it was more than thirty years ago. As an 11 year old girl living in England I signed up for a pen… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Have a Pen Pal
Last week was traktatie time again in our house. My little one turned four and this treat was popular with both children and teachers in his school. And it's healthy!You can find lots more traktatie and birthday treat ideas on my Pinterest board.