Bilingual, Languages

A Tale of Two Languages, Three if You Count Dunglish

Living in the Netherlands means conducting life in two languages - Dutch and English. My three sons are being raised bilingually and our home conversations and discussions are a mixture of both languages. Yes, Dunglish is alive and well in our home. A life lived in more than one language is not just interesting, it… Continue reading A Tale of Two Languages, Three if You Count Dunglish

Advertisements
Louwman Museum in The Hague on Turning Dutch
Netherlands, The Hague, The Netherlands

The Louwman Museum in The Hague

Situated in The Hague in a purpose built building, the Louwman museum showcases the oldest private collection of cars in the world. It's a must see for car lovers. We drove past many times whilst the structure was being built, watching the site evolve from a building site to an impressive looking museum. The owner… Continue reading The Louwman Museum in The Hague

Typically Dutch

Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don't have to because there's vakantiekaas¬†available just for you! Dutch are Cheese Mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside clogs and windmills, cheese. And where there's smoke there's probably fire.… Continue reading Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

Netherlands, Typically Dutch

My Expat Bucket List: 10 Dutch Things I Want to Do

I¬†realised whilst writing my expat reverse bucket list that there are still some things I want to do whilst I am here in the Netherlands as an expat (not that we are planning on leaving anytime soon but I have a list). Here's my expat bucket list - with updates from five years later! 1.… Continue reading My Expat Bucket List: 10 Dutch Things I Want to Do

Culture

Dutch Win the Eurovision Contest After 44 Years

It would be remiss of me to let the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest victory pass without comment. It's something that hasn't happened in 44 years and definitely worth a congratulatory note. Eurovision Fans Now I have to admit, Eurovision is not everybody's cup of tea. Not by a long stretch. Added to that there were… Continue reading Dutch Win the Eurovision Contest After 44 Years

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?

7 Top Tips from a Language Teacher to Help You Learn Dutch
Bilingual, Dutch, Uncategorized

7 Top Tips from a Language Teacher to Help You Learn Dutch

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