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Archive for June, 2016

Book Review: The Woman who Fed the Dogs Posted by on Jun 29, 2016

“The Woman who Fed the Dogs” or in Dutch De vrouw die de honden te eten gaf by Kristien Hemmerechts is my latest Dutch-language read and one that I also struggled with (for another struggling read, please read my previous book review). The novel is based on the true story of the wife of murderer and…

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After the Brexit, maybe a Nexit? Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

The people of the United Kingdom have decided: they want to leave the European Union (EU). This is also referred to as the Brexit, a combination of Britain and exit. But what does this mean for other countries in Europe, what about the Netherlands? Will there be a Nexit? The Brexit Even though many outlets and…

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Euro Cup 2016 and Belgium Posted by on Jun 24, 2016

If you regularly follow soccer (or football), you know the Netherlands didn’t qualify for the Euro Cup 2016. It is a sad summer for Dutch soccer aficionados, but lucky for us, our southern neighbor is in the Euro Cup! While I thought the above video was hilarious, this post is not meant to bully the…

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Holland’s New Herring Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

Today is a special day for all of us who love all things fishy. The first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe Haring was sold yesterday for a whopping 90,000 euro, and the Dutch delicacy was available in grocery stores and local markets today. Every year, the money from the first batch is donated to a charity organization. The…

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Can You Say This Correctly? – 5: Fair Trade Basmatirijst – How to pronounce ij Posted by on Jun 14, 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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Pet Names and Loving Nicknames Posted by on Jun 8, 2016

When romancing in Dutch, it is important to know a couple of “pet names” or loving nicknames to use with your significant other. Saying “I love you cuddle-bug” or even a simple “hey babe” can make conversation sound sweeter and more loving. So what pet names can you use with your Dutch or Vlemish babe…

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This Dutch Treat is Racist Posted by on Jun 6, 2016

At least, so they say! Today, I have a rather controversial post for you. It is about “chocolate-coated marshmallow treats”, as Wikipedia likes to call them. I am talking about these things: Negerzoen and its origins What is controversial about them? In the Netherlands and Germany, they are known as Negerzoenen or Negerküsse, which literally translates to “Nigger Kisses”…

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