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4 Ways to Get Dutch People to Actually Speak Dutch with You Posted by on May 31, 2016

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Every Dutch learner learns this real fast: the hardest thing about learning Dutch is getting Dutch speakers to speak Dutch with you. Welcome to the linguistic conundrum that is Northern Europe, those wealthy countries along the North Sea where English fluency is upward of 90% and people tend to automatically speak English to foreigners. I…

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Can You Say This Correctly? – 4: Tony’s Chocolonely Puur – Samenstellingen Posted by on May 30, 2016

One of the hardest things about learning Dutch is pronunciation. Whether it is about the ui-klank (the “ui” sound), the G-klank (the “G” sound) or other sounds you might have a hard time with. This series, called “Can You Say This Correctly?”, is about providing a speech example that I recorded. I will give the Dutch text, a translation,…

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The First Asparagus Picking NK Posted by on May 29, 2016

Yesterday, the first Nederlands Kampioenschap (NK) (Dutch Championship) asperges steken (picking asparagus). Deelnemers (participants) from the twelve Dutch provinces competed on the aspergekwekerij (asparagus farm) Boereblij in Blaricum, province Noord-Holland (North Holland). Last year, we covered the first NK tegenwindfietsen. The Dutch like to invent creative championships to compete against each other!  Het Kampioenschap The deelnemers…

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Birthday Cake or Birthday Pie? Posted by on May 25, 2016

In Limburg, pie is king! When there is something to celebrate, pie is the one who is always present. Correction: vlaai is always present! Vlaai has definitely been something that has grown on me. I used to never think of pie; now, I crave it. Perhaps it is the slagroom-art pies have or the fact that everytime…

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3 Things You Have To Know About Broodjeaapverhalen! Posted by on May 23, 2016

You may have heard of them – Broodjeaapverhalen (Bread with monkey stories)! But maybe you haven’t! What is a broodjeaapverhaal? And why this weird name? What about a famous story? 1. What is a broodjeaapverhaal?  Broodje means a roll, or a bread, with something on it. This is the word that comes right after. So, a broodje kaas, like in…

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