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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 3 – The Fingers! Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

Als je één vinger geeft...

In Dutch, there are some spreekwoorden (sayings), but many more uitdrukkingen (expressions) that involve vingers (fingers). Today, I have a selection of two that are used a lot. I will probably make another post with only expressions about fingers, because they are so much fun, and used quite a lot. Welcome to number three of the series Sayings + Expressions! First the…

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Book Review: Eline Vere by Couperus Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

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My latest Dutch read is Eline Vere by Louis Couperus. The novel was published in the late 1800s in a newspaper before being printed as one novel. When I started reading this novel, I had big hopes because the book jacket compared it to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Couperus was compared to the great masters of the…

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

2016 Olympics at Rio

Last week, the Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Belgium and the Netherlands have athletes competing in a variety of sports, and both countries had a pretty good start. The Nederlandse Olympische Ploeg consists of 242 athletes competing in 22 different sports including turnen, handbal, boogschieten, paardensport, and wielersport. During Sunday’s cycling race, the Dutch cycler Annemiek…

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Women in the Military – Dutch Dienstplicht Posted by on Aug 8, 2016

Could this be a woman in the future?

In the Dutch system, every boy receives a letter at the age of 17 that tells him that he is enrolled in the military dienstplicht (conscription), though this is not compulsory. Only in case of war, they will be drafted. So the boy does not have to follow actual military training. However, so far only boys…

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Dutch Gardens Part 4- Insects Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

Bij (personal photograph)

Continuing the July theme of gardening, this post deals with the pesky and not so fun part of gardening: insects and pests! Insects are an important part of a garden (and nature), but too much of any is a bad idea. Bijen I think I have mentioned these little guys on every gardening post, probably…

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