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
The Netherlands is one of the easiest countries in the world to cycle around. Other countries look at the Netherlands with a huge amount of cycle envy. Unlike the British who have made a half-hearted attempt in some places to build cycle paths, the Dutch have given cyclists some proper thought and ensured that getting out… Continue reading The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands
I have heard the Dutch national anthem played a fair few times during the past week or so because of national remembrance day on the 4th of May, Liberation Day on the 5th and the week before the celebration of King Willem Alexander's birthday. Ever wondered about the origins of the Dutch national ditty? Well,… Continue reading What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?
This week sees the Dutch taking to the streets in honour of the king's birthday. He'll be in Groningen with his family this year but the celebrations will be country wide. At the forefront of any King's Day celebration are children's events. You can read more in my post over on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating King’s… Continue reading King’s Day in the Netherlands
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
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
We spent the Easter weekend at a FarmCamps in Noord Brabant. It's our second Farm Camps experience and it didn't disappoint. I, once again, had three upset boys for two evenings after we packed up and left our holiday tent. They're on a promise of a return visit. I'm not a camping type of girl,… Continue reading FarmCamps – A Dutch Glamping Experience