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Walking in Leiden Posted by on Feb 28, 2012


Have you ever visited the city of Leiden? Whether you have or haven’t, you might be interested to know that they have a number of city walks that you can follow. Not only do these walks provide you with interesting information about the city, they are also an enjoyable way to explore Leiden. Leiden Loop…

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Beginner’s Dutch: Letter, Woord, Zin, Getal, Cijfer Posted by on Feb 23, 2012

Quite often the Dutch Facebook group has a few posts from people wanting to learn Dutch. So, to help them out a bit, I thought we could cover some of the basics in some beginner’s Dutch posts. If you are a bit further along with your Dutch learning, why not use the opportunity to review…

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Dutch Food: Kroketten Recipe Posted by on Feb 21, 2012

broodje kroket

Last week I posted about Maggi Seasoning Sauce and asked for some ideas of what you use the stuff for. I was really impressed with all the suggestions and have even made a list of new things to try it with. One of our readers, Marcus, mentioned: If i make my own Dutch “kroketten” or…

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Demystifying the Brown Bottle: Maggi Seasoning Sauce Posted by on Feb 16, 2012

Maggi Seasoning Sauce

I think that if every kitchen in the Netherlands was searched, eight out of ten of them would contain a bottle of Maggi seasoning. The first time I came across Maggi was at a Dutch birthday party. Vegetable soup had just been served and all around me the party guests were eagerly dumping loads of…

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How to Say “I Love You” in Dutch Posted by on Feb 14, 2012

teddy bear with heart

Ah, Valentine’s Day (Valentijnsdag). That day of the year that means so many different things to different people. Whether you love it or hate it, it is a good day to talk a bit about love in the Dutch language. A really good post about the topic is an earlier post entitled, Words of Love…

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Museon, Den Haag Posted by on Feb 9, 2012


There are plenty of great places to visit on a trip to The Hague but one place that often gets overlooked is Museon. Museon is a museum (say that ten times fast!) located on the Stadhouderslaan.  Its neighbours include the Gemeentemuseum, the Fotomuseum and the Omniversum-IMAX theatre – meaning you can make a whole day…

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The Verb Zijn (To Be) Posted by on Feb 7, 2012

Verbs might not be the most exciting part of a language but they are one of the most important.  With that in mind, today we will take a look at the verb zijn, which means to be. Here are some examples of the verb at work: Ik ben de lerares. (I am the teacher.) Zij…

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