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Archive for January, 2017

Dutch Children’s Books for Bookwormish Beginners Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Dutch children's literature jip en janneke

Have a healthy appetite for reading, but your language skills aren’t quite ready for the great works of Dutch literature yet? Try starting slow with children’s books. Dutch literature has a rich and long-running tradition, despite the fact that it’s usually quite underappreciated in the English-speaking world. But for beginner and intermediate Dutch learners, the pearls of the Dutch…

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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 6 – Cats & Dogs II Posted by on Jan 30, 2017

As promised, here is the second part of Cats & Dogs spreekwoorden en uitdrukkingen. If you missed the first part, click here. So, again about Cats & Dogs! These two are both quite old, and widely known in the Netherlands – enjoy! For other sayings and expressions in this series, click here. Als de kat van huis…

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Puppy 101 Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

After months of searching and searching, we are finally parents of a beautiful Welsh Cardigan Corgi! The road to puppy-parenthood has been somewhat different in the Netherlands, but we are happily getting by. Our puppy’s name is Lisa and she is very energetic! The last few weeks have been devoted to potty training, registering her…

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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 5 – Cats & Dogs I Posted by on Jan 24, 2017

Welcome to another spreekwoorden en uitdrukkingen! Today, the theme is cats & dogs. This is the first part. Next week, we will have a look at two more related to katten en honden. Enjoy! For other sayings and expressions in this series, click here. Blaffende honden bijten niet Barking dogs do not bite This saying was…

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Driving in Winter Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

January has been a cold month for the Netherlands with temperatures falling below zero. While the cold temperatures during the weekend are fun (sledding!), getting to work with gladheid or slipperiness is never fun. In order to be safe during these next couple of days of low temperatures, here are a few tips I’ve received…

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Book Review: Amsterdam Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

The latest Dutch-related read is Russell Shorto’s Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City which was first published in 2013. Shorto is an American writer who lived in Amsterdam for a few years and from what I can gather from the book, loved the city! According to his website, his writing is focused on narrative history…

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Top 5 Dutch New Year’s Resolutions Posted by on Jan 2, 2017

Let’s be honest, we all want to improve something about us. A great moment to start improving is the turn of a new year – and so many of us have new year’s resolutions, also the Dutch! We call them goede voornemens voor het nieuwe jaar (good resolutions for the new year). But what do the Dutch…

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