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?

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Expat

Expat Life: Falling From the Career Ladder

I moved to the Netherlands for love so I didn't have a job lined up when I packed up my gear and headed across the North Sea one grey, cloudy September day. It's not easy finding a job in a country where you don't speak the language. One Day at a Time I tried to get… Continue reading Expat Life: Falling From the Career Ladder

Children, Culture, Expat

Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

It's become a tradition to take each of my sons alone to England to watch a football match at the Premier League club I started supporting when I was a child. It's a club I still follow today, despite moving to the Netherlands. You can read all about the why and what it means to… Continue reading Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

School

Help! We’re About to Navigate the Dutch Secondary Education System

My eldest is currently rounding off in group 7. It means that next year we will be looking for a secondary school for him to attend the following the year. It's a whole new ball game for me, as I didn't go through the Dutch education system. And it's a steep learning curve full of… Continue reading Help! We’re About to Navigate the Dutch Secondary Education System

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