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Word Use: Oranje Voetbal Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

The best way to learn new vocabulary is to use it. One exercise that has always challenged me and helped me learn word use in other languages is a paragraph where you fill in the words. It seems like something we’ve done since grade school, but it helps use new words. When you work on…

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Shopping and Not Understanding Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

Speaking in your target language is the best way to practice. One of the suggestions from the integration material I’ve received from the Dutch government has been to go out and interact with people at stores. I agree that it is a great way to practice, but one of the challenges of the Dutch language…

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Language Listening Lesson – Het festivalseizoen Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

A Language Listening Lesson (Triple L) consists of a Dutch text, with translation and audio file to listen to it. That is the idea – you listen to it and with only that information answer the questions. If you need help, you can consult the Dutch text, and if that does not suffice, you can also check…

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A love letter to the Oranje fans Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Dear Oranje fans, The month of June has been filled with your lively color, with lions, with flags and with cheers. The stores have been sure to supply the entire country with all sorts of home articles of your dear color: shirts, socks, pants, wigs, flags, pots, pans, utensils, spatulas and baking ware. Streets and…

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The champion defeated! Posted by on Jun 13, 2014

Hup Holland, Hup! Vijf tegen één! The phenomenal victory of the Dutch today over the voetbalwereldkampioen (soccer world champion) Spain. It is the first match that the Dutch elftal (“eleven” – the soccer team) played at the Soccer World Cup in Brazil. And it will not be the last one. For those that have no idea about voetbal, vijf-één is a…

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An event even the Rolling Stones are attending – Pinkpop Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

One of the biggest events of the country is held during the Pinksterweekend (Pentecost weekend) in Landgraaf, Limburg, every year since 1970. In fact, it is the longest running annual pop festival in the world! People from all over the world convene, to have a wonderful weekend of people, music and fun. Many different artists perform…

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The “ui” Conundrum Posted by on Jun 10, 2014

The first time I came to the Netherlands, I was ready to get to know my future country and even more excited to learn Dutch. My significant other picked me up at the airport, and we began our drive to our “home” for the two coming weeks. On the highway, I spotted the first Dutch…

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