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

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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

Culture

The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space

The Dutch and the British are different species when it comes to many things but the different approaches to personal space is particularly worth a mention. Let's Start with Elevator Etiquette Have you ever been stuck with a Brit in a lift? Chances are it was a peaceful affair but quite possibly with an air… Continue reading The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space

Expat

10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

Culture, Dutch, Typically Dutch

What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?

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?