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Van Dale Word of the Year 2018 Posted by on Dec 5, 2018

The official list of the Van Dale Word of 2018 is out and open for votes, but before we go to the list, who is this van Dale? Van Dale Dictionary If you are learning Dutch, you might have heard of the wonderful dictionary by Van Dale. Van Dale is like the Webster’s and Oxford…

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Untranslatable Words: Kletskoek Posted by on Nov 20, 2018

Wat zeg je nou? Kletskoek! Ik heb daar niets mee te maken! You may have heard this before. Somebody is upset, and their choice of words is… kletskoek? A chatting cookie? What does that mean, how did we get here? Here is an attempt to explain it. Gossip Biscuit! Nowadays, the word koek or koekje practically always refers to a biscuit…

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Health Insurance in the Netherlands – Choices! Choices! Choices! Posted by on Nov 14, 2018

It is that lovely time of the year when Dutch insurances or zorgverzekeraars publish their prices for the next year and we are all faced with the decision to change or not to change providers. So what do the Dutch have to choose and who decides what is insured and what isn’t? De Wet First and…

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Dutch Horror Films- Meet Jimmy Posted by on Nov 1, 2018

There is something about the chilly fall days with its wind and rain that make it ideal for horror films even after Halloween. If you are a fan of horror movies and all things gory, the Dutch film Meet Jimmy is something for you! The story Meet Jimmy took its inspiration from the high demand crime podcasts…

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Changing The Time We Live In Posted by on Oct 29, 2018

A debate is going on in Europe right now that shows the importance of language very nicely. The European Union (EU) is going to abandon Daylight Savings Time. The question now is – what time will become the standard? The zomertijd (summertime) or the wintertijd (wintertime)? Welke tijd? In the segment above, Arjen Lubach in his show Zondag met Lubach…

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