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Happy New Year and Learning Dutch Resolutions Posted by on Dec 29, 2011

It was a bit odd realising that today’s post would be my last post in 2011 for the Transparent Language Dutch blog.  The year has really gone by very snel (fast).  Today I wanted to tell you about some of the things that happen in the Netherlands for the New Year’s celebration and hear about…

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Transparent Language Dutch Blog – 2011 Review Posted by on Dec 27, 2011

It is around this time of year that people start to review the year that is about to end. The top songs of 2011, the best memories you made or the favorite photos you took, they are all up for review and who would we be at Transparent Language if we didn’t do a spot…

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The Glass House – Leiden Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Last year around this time I told you about an event that was happening in the Netherlands.  The event was 3FM’s Serious Request and involves three DJ’s being locked in a glass house for six days.  During this time they eat nothing but fruit and vegetable juices (often in jaw-dropping combinations), provide 24/7 music coverage…

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Christmas in the Netherlands Posted by on Dec 20, 2011

Are all your Christmas decorations up?  Are there presents under your tree?  There are only five more days to go before the big day.  I hope you are ready.  To get you into the Christmas mood, Dutch style, here are some things you might like to know about Christmas in the Netherlands. Christmas Days In…

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Let’s Make Oliebollen! Posted by on Dec 15, 2011

The number of days before we ring in the New Year is getting less and less.  So, now is the perfect time for you to get to work practising your Oliebollen making skills.  These round doughnut like food items are made with yeast and deep fried before being covered in powdered sugar and are an…

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Classic Dutch Films: Bert Haanstra Posted by on Dec 11, 2011

When I asked my father which Dutch filmmakers I should look into, he immediately thought of Bert Haanstra.  “There are some really good ones,” he said, “with no sound.”  I expressed surprise, and my dad made a joke about cheap Dutchmen. But I don’t think it was parsimony that motivated Haanstra’s choices, and in most…

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Dickens Festival Deventer Posted by on Dec 8, 2011

Begging vagabonds, stealing thieves, wealthy ladies and gentleman with top hats – it sounds like something out of a Dickens novel and that isn’t too far from the truth. Every year the 19th century of Charles Dickens is brought to life in the Bergkwartier in Deventer, in the form of the Dickens Festival.  Historical buildings…

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