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Archive for July, 2017

Tweeklanken 1: ae, ai, aai, au/ou Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Dutch is pretty straightforward with its alfabet (alphabet): It has 26 letters, there are no special ones. So, that’s pretty simple! However, there are some lettercombinaties (letter combinations) that create a different sound. There are 16 of them, and in the coming weeks, we will have a look at all of them. Today, we start of with those starting…

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Talking About Time in Dutch Posted by on Jul 30, 2017

In the land of agendas and appointments, talking about time is essential. The following are some essential words and phrases you can use when setting up your next appointment. Hoe laat wil je afspreken? It is useful to know how to ask at what time you would like to set up an appointment. While your…

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Fire in the Maastricht Caves Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

Last week, a big fire inside the old marl mines between Maastricht and Belgium was discovered. The mergelgrotten or marl caves have been closed (as mines) for many years but still had other uses. The fire is believed to have been started with burning hay that flew towards the caves. It lasted about a week and affected…

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Ordering Food in Dutch Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

So last week, I discussed how to order drinks in Dutch. Let’s talk about ordering food today! Dietary preferences The first thing to consider is of course what your dietary preferences are. But what are those? Biologisch – biological, or organic food. Vegan / veganistisch – vegan food (you pronounce vegan the same as in English, by the way!)…

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Ordering Drinks In Dutch Posted by on Jul 16, 2017

Summer is here! And so a lot of terrassen (terraces), café’s (cafés) and bars (bars) are flooded with people, trying to afkoelen (cool off) a little in the zomerse hitte (Summer heat). Many people are getting drinks to cool off – but how do you order drinks in Dutch? So, you decided to hit one of the many little terraces (terrasjes) in the city, sit down…

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