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Dutch Words for Emotions Posted by on Apr 30, 2010

Emotions are what set us apart from robots. They are not always right or useful, but to a certain extent, do make us who we are. And because we often use words to express our feelings, even in Holland, let me write down how you say and spell them in Dutch. Mad (angry)  :  boos…

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The Fun Side of the Dutch Monarchy Posted by on Apr 29, 2010

With Koninginnedag right around the corner, I figured it would be appropriate to give my (albeit foreign) perspective on the Dutch monarchy.  We already have a great post from last year written about Koninginnedag traditions, so if you’re interested, check it out here. One of the more unique aspects of the Dutch monarchy, as opposed…

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Dutch Music : Andre Hazes Posted by on Apr 27, 2010

No blog about Dutch language and culture would truly be complete if we didn’t at least mention Andre Hazes.  Whether you love him or hate him, he’s here to stay and has won a very particular spot in the hearts of the Dutch. Andre Hazes was a folk singer who sang a particularly emotional and…

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Dutch Food: What is hutspot? Posted by on Apr 23, 2010

I personally hate the winter: the cold, the countless layers of clothing, the cold, the pale and kranky people, the snow which prevents you from riding your bike normally and again, the cold! But I have to admit there is one good thing about the winter and it’s called hutspot. Hutspot is made out of…

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Dutch Poetry: De Blauwbilgorgel, door Cees Buddingh Posted by on Apr 22, 2010

Poems are a great way to learn new vocabulary and see the Dutch language used in new and interesting ways.  This particular poem is an experiment in rhythm, sound and tone but uses nonsense words to do it.  It’s a bit like Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” but in Dutch.  But it’s not all complete nonsense, so…

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Dutch Spring Vocabulary Word Search Posted by on Apr 21, 2010

Well, it is official.  Spring has arrived in the Netherlands.  And how can I tell this for certain?  The weather is warmer, the sun shines occasionally, my garden is beginning to grow and pretty soon the Keukenhof will be filled with people eager to see all the beauty that a few million tulips can bring. …

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Dutch Politics and Government: What is het poldermodel? Posted by on Apr 19, 2010

Let’s discuss it. Let’s discuss it some more. And some more. And now let’s discuss the results. Maybe I exaggerate a little, but this is what we call ‘het poldermodel’, the economic political way of ruling based on discussion. After World War Two The Netherlands  were taking in by the consultation system,  in which the…

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