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You are cordially invited to celebrate the King’s Birthday Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

For over 130 years, the Dutch have been happily celebrating Queen’s/King’s Day with big parties, lots of orange and parades. The monarch’s birthday is not only a day to celebrate but also one of the few national holidays the country observes. So what can you do at this year’s Koningsdag? This year, King Willem-Alexander turns 50…

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Dutch Pandas and KLM Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

Last night was a memorable night for KLM and the Dutch as a whole. Two pandas arrived on an inbound flight from China and will be at the Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen. Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be staying in the Netherlands for the next 15 years after a 16-year campaign on behalf of…

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Book Review: The Evenings by Gerard Reve Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

This month’s pick for Dutch literature was The Evenings by Gerard Reve. This book is one of the most famous Dutch novels and a certain read for high school students. But what is this novel about and is it really all that it is hyped up to be? Reve was born on December 1923 in Amsterdam. He…

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Pronouncing the R in Dutch Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

dutch r pronunciation

The R is by far the most interesting letter in Dutch pronunciation. It can be pronounced with a tap of the tip of the tongue, a contortion of the middle of the tongue, a gurgle from the throat, or any of a handful of other ways. Sometimes it sounds like a rolled Spanish r, sometimes…

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Dutch Elections 2017 Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

On March 15, 2017, the Dutch will go to the voting polls to elect all 150 members of de Tweede Kamer der Staten-General or the House of Representatives. The verkiezingen or elections are predicted to set the stage for the upcoming elections in the rest of Europe. So how do the elections work? All eligible voters will elect one…

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