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Archive for December, 2009

Dutch Formal and Informal Pronouns Posted by on Dec 23, 2009

In Dutch, as in many languages, there is an informal way of addressing people and a formal way of addressing people.  I’m going to provide some general rules for when to use them.  Bear in mind that these are general rules based on my experiences in Amsterdam, which tends to be a more informal city. …

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Pronunciation in Dutch Posted by on Dec 21, 2009

One of the biggest obstacles when learning Dutch is pronunciation. In my time in the Netherlands, I’ve found that I can get away with grammar errors, spelling errors, and mixing up all kinds of things, as long as I properly pronounce the words. The trouble with Dutch is that it contains sounds that are often…

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Sneeuw op een zondag Posted by on Dec 20, 2009

Vandaag hadden we sneeuw in Amsterdam. Today we had snow in Amsterdam. Ik vond het heel moeilijk om in de sneeuw te fietsen, dus gingen we met de tram. I found it very difficult to cycle in the snow, so we went with the tram. We gingen met de tram naar het Spui, en toen…

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Kerstbrood…Lekker! Posted by on Dec 19, 2009

Now I know that the Netherlands isn’t exactly world-renowned for their fine cuisine, but there is one thing they do very very well.  And that something is baking. From rich grainy brown breads, to appeltaart, stroopwafel, koekjes of all shapes and sizes, the Netherlands has an endless supply of carbohydrates to fill your tummy. One…

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And We’re Back! Posted by on Dec 17, 2009

As promised by George, we are back and hope to hit the ground running with some fresh and fun information for you. But first, you’re probably wondering who I am. Or maybe not, but introductions are in order. Mijn naam is Sarah en ik woon al anderhalf jaar in Nederland. -My name is Sarah and…

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New Dutch Blog Posts are Coming! Posted by on Dec 9, 2009

“Hi” to all fans of the Transparent Language Dutch Language Blog! I know the delay since the last post has been…long…but we will soon be back in the swing with more blogs posts. How do we define “more”? Both in terms of quantity and quality! So please stay tuned. In just a couple weeks, we’ll…

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