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Archive for August, 2016

Moving to the Netherlands: Your Dutch Immigration Vocabulary Checklist Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

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As if there aren’t enough good reasons for moving to the Netherlands anyways, Dutch language learners have the extra motivation of getting the complete linguistic and cultural immersion that can only be truly achieved by moving to another country. Many readers of this blog may be planning a future move to the Netherlands, and rightly so…

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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 3 – The Fingers! Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

In Dutch, there are some spreekwoorden (sayings), but many more uitdrukkingen (expressions) that involve vingers (fingers). Today, I have a selection of two that are used a lot. I will probably make another post with only expressions about fingers, because they are so much fun, and used quite a lot. Welcome to number three of the series Sayings + Expressions! For other…

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Book Review: Eline Vere by Couperus Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

My latest Dutch read is Eline Vere by Louis Couperus. The novel was published in the late 1800s in a newspaper before being printed as one novel. When I started reading this novel, I had big hopes because the book jacket compared it to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Couperus was compared to the great masters of the…

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

Last week, the Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Belgium and the Netherlands have athletes competing in a variety of sports, and both countries had a pretty good start. The Nederlandse Olympische Ploeg consists of 242 athletes competing in 22 different sports including turnen, handbal, boogschieten, paardensport, and wielersport. During Sunday’s cycling race, the Dutch cycler Annemiek…

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Women in the Military – Dutch Dienstplicht Posted by on Aug 8, 2016

In the Dutch system, every boy receives a letter at the age of 17 that tells him that he is enrolled in the military dienstplicht (conscription), though this is not compulsory. Only in case of war, they will be drafted. So the boy does not have to follow actual military training. However, so far only boys…

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