Expat, Languages

Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice

There are many aspects of living outside your birth country that can be unsettling, foreign or hard to adjust to but forging new relationships in a language not your own is certainly top of my list. Using a second language, it is hard to convey a real sense of yourself to those around you. Sarah… Continue reading Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice

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Languages

When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?

Nearly nineteen years living in the Netherlands and I live my daily life in Dutch. Would I call myself fluent? No, nee, absoluut niet. So when can you think of yourself as fluent? This post was prompted by this tweet. What does Fluent Mean? When a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily,… Continue reading When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?

Bilingual, Netherlands, Politics

To Learn Dutch or Not to Learn Dutch – That is the Question.

It's a hot topic. And it has been for years. Should you be able to speak Dutch if you live in the Netherlands and want to participate in Dutch society? If you work, live and benefit from the Dutch social system shouldn't you be able to communicate in the host country language? Years ago,┬ájunior social… Continue reading To Learn Dutch or Not to Learn Dutch – That is the Question.

Books, Parenting

How To Get Your Children to Fall in Love with Reading

I read an article last week about boys falling behind girls in school and particularly when it comes to reading. I am a writer, therefore I read. I read a lot. Whilst I don't quite have the time to read like I used to pre-motherhood I still try and get through as many books as… Continue reading How To Get Your Children to Fall in Love with Reading

Bilingual, Books

Why My Job Raising Bilingual Kids in the Netherlands is Easier Than it Would Be in England

Yesterday my son came home from school pulling a red suitcase on wheels behind him. The "logeerkoffer" as it's called in school. The lucky recipient of the case gets to choose a favourite book and any objects or toys related to the book and put them in the case to take back to school the… Continue reading Why My Job Raising Bilingual Kids in the Netherlands is Easier Than it Would Be in England