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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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Italian in Dutch Posted by on Feb 27, 2017

I was in Italy last week, and obviously came across a lot of Italian words – and many of them you know and use yourself, too! Think of all the coffee names, such as latte macchiato, cappuccino, espresso, and more. Are there words from Italian that were just adopted in Dutch, so-called leenwoorden? Leenwoorden Muziek Many words in music…

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The Environmental Manifesto Posted by on Feb 23, 2017

Elections are coming up and everyone is talking about it. One of the many issues that is being talked about is the environment. Jan Terlouw, a retired politician from the D66 party, recently met up with leaders of the youth organizations affiliated to the different political parties to discuss what it is they want the…

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Guess who came for a visit… Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

Just another day in Leipzig, Germany. I was on my way to work. Nothing unusual, everything was quite normal – just that there were some police cars here and there. Well, maybe they were doing some random checks on drivers. More police. They even stopped traffic and turned off traffic lights. Then I saw more…

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Interviewing in Dutch Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

My last post was about working on your CV and motivation letter for the job. This post will focus on the types of questions you can expect in a job interview or a sollicitatiegesprek.  We all know that a good first impression goes a long way. Regardless of your personal hardships with the Dutch language and…

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