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Archive for November, 2011

Pepernoten and Kruidnoten Posted by on Nov 29, 2011

As the studio lights dim and two spotlights focus on two white plates with brown cookies on each, you hear the presenter ask, “and Transparent Language reader, which plate has the pepernoten on them?” You glance to the plate on the left and then you glance to the plate on the right.  While both plates…

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Folders, Folders Everywhere Posted by on Nov 27, 2011

folder (de) – leaflet; brochure If you are going to live in the Netherlands, then the word “folder” is one you are going to get to know well.  On an almost daily basis, these folders – advertising the current items on sale and the special offers being made – will shoot through your mailbox.  There…

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The Joy of Chocolate Letters Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

It is that time of year again.  The time of year when you head into a shop, spot the chocolate letter display and search for a chocolate letter that matches the first letter of your name.  Infuriated that your letter is no longer available, you begin the process of coming up with a “letter alternative”…

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Het Sinterklaasjournaal Posted by on Nov 10, 2011

Sinterklaas will arrive in the Netherlands on Saturday. In the weeks between his arrival and his departure on December 5th, he will fill shoes that have been left out by children, with goodies. He will also package up any naughty children in a sack and take them back to Spain with him when he goes…

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Using Online Newspapers to Improve Your Dutch Posted by on Nov 8, 2011

Have you been looking for a way to improve your Dutch?  Maybe you were looking for a way to increase your vocabulary, or to improve your comprehension skills or you just wanted some real-world examples of Dutch in use.  Well, perhaps online newspapers/news sites are something for you. Not only do online newspapers/new sites provide…

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’80s Rap for the “Holiday” Season Posted by on Nov 5, 2011

I know I’m on a roll with these nostalgic posts, helping you imagine Holland as it was in the ’80s and early ’90s, but, hey, autumn is the time to be thinking about the past.  Today I want to introduce you, or re-introduce you, as the case may be, to the 1987 hit “Holiday,” by…

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Sing Along with Sinterklaas Posted by on Nov 3, 2011

There is just over a week to go before Sinterklaas will arrive in the Netherlands much to the delight of children across the country.  This year Sinterklaas will officially arrive on November 12th in the city of Dordrecht.  His arrival will even be broadcast live on Dutch national television, so no need to fear if…

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