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Archive for July, 2010

In the Dutch Bedroom Posted by on Jul 14, 2010

I know, it sounds like a rather tawdry title for this post, but nothing to see here folks! Just some basic vocabulary for items you will find in the bedroom.  We’ve already had a good look around the kitchen.  After this we’ll check out some verbs for household work, and vocabulary for the living room…

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Top 20 Dutch Biggest Cities Posted by on Jul 13, 2010

I always feel a bit embarrassed when someone asks me about the population of a certain city in Holland, and I have no idea. Even though it’s less embarrassing for the most of you guys, I’d still like to offer you some facts about this little country of ours. Here by the 20 biggest city’s…

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In the Dutch Kitchen Posted by on Jul 12, 2010

One of the more frustrating things when learning a language is sometimes one of the most simple: basic everyday vocabulary.  I can discuss politics, read a book or newspaper, and have a chat with a friend, all in Dutch, but when the house inspector came to check on the house I was reminded of just…

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Dick Bruna, Nijntje and Friends Posted by on Jul 9, 2010

Maybe the name “Nijntje” doesn’t ring an immediate bell to you, but when I say “Miffy” I am sure you know who I am talking about. The creator behind this cute little bunny is Dick Bruna, a Dutch draughtsman, writer and graphic artist. Bruna was born in Utrecht on the 23rd of August in 1927…

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Typical Dutch Bicycles Posted by on Jul 7, 2010

In my last post I introduced you to some places where you can buy a bicycle in the Netherlands.  But what kind of bicycle should you buy?  Bicycles in the Netherlands come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, each designed to suit a different purpose.  What you end up riding will depend on a…

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M.C. Escher Posted by on Jul 6, 2010

It’s almost impossible that you haven’t seen an image of Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972). With his typical art that is challenging for the eye and the brain he gained world wide fame. Maybe you haven’t seem his art in real life, but the chances are you encountered him online, since he has a huge range…

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Buying a Bicycle in the Netherlands Posted by on Jul 5, 2010

If you plan on staying in the Netherlands for more than just a short vacation, buying a bicycle is a must.  Well, perhaps you can borrow one from a friend if you don’t need it for too long, but most of us eventually had to endure that complicated task of finding the right bicycle at…

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