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The Netherlands Comes 2nd in English Proficiency Index Posted by on Mar 31, 2011

The Netherlands has been a popular country for the media when it comes to happiness research.  Several research studies have found that Dutch children are the happiest in Europe, another recent article highlighted that women in the Netherlands are happy despite working less and having a bigger gender pay gap and the World Database of…

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Adverbs of Time and Order of Events Posted by on Mar 29, 2011

Last week I wrote about prepositions related to time.  Sticking with the theme of time, this week we will look at some adverbs related to time and the words you might use when talking about order of events.  For both, I will begin by sharing some useful vocabulary words with you, followed by an example…

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A few great things about Albert Heijn Posted by on Mar 27, 2011

If you live in the Netherlands, the Albert Heijn will be a part of your life.  This is not a bad thing, but it is an inevitability.  It’s not that there aren’t other grocery stores, but the AH symbol is omnipresent, and the blueish interior calls to passersby in all Dutch cities, promising attractive packaging…

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Telephone Calls in Dutch Posted by on Mar 24, 2011

Red Telephone (Photo Credit: ianni)

Making and receiving a phone call in Dutch is a natural next step when learning Dutch or living in the Netherlands as a non-native speaker.  It can be intimidating at first but the information below should help you out. Making and Receiving a Phone Call If you call someone in the Netherlands, you may notice…

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Dutch Prepositions of Time Posted by on Mar 22, 2011

Today we are going to look at prepositions related to time. Prepositions link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. For example: The book is on the table. The preposition on tells you where the book is located. It links the book with the table. Prepositions of time give you information about…

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What Not to Miss in Delfshaven Posted by on Mar 17, 2011

Sitting just outside the city centre of Rotterdam, Delfshaven was founded in the 14th century as the port of Delft. Delfshaven was part of the municipality of Delft until 1811, when it became a separate municipality until 1886. At this point it became a part of the municipality of Rotterdam. The Dutch East India Company…

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Spelling in Dutch – Part Two Posted by on Mar 15, 2011

Last week I wrote about spelling in Dutch with short vowels. We also looked at the difference between open and closed syllables and how to divide syllables in Dutch. Today we will look at spelling with long vowels and the relationship between f and v, and s and z. Spelling with Long Vowels 1. Long…

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