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Tweeklanken 2: ie, ieu(w), ij/ei Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

Hi there! Welcome to the second post on tweeklanken, or vowel combinations. Here’s last week’s post on ae, ai, aai, and au/ou. Today we have an exciting one, because we will discuss the ij, one very special letter in the Dutch alphabet and in the realm of tweeklanken. Apart from the ij, we will discuss the ie and ieu(w) today, because they also start with an i…

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American Crayfish Invades the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 4, 2017

The waterboards of Delft and The Hague has begun a campaign to save the flora and fauna of the Dutch rivers and canals. The culprit: de amerikaanse rivierkreeft! According to a NOS article: In 1985 werd de Amerikaanse rivierkreeft voor het eerst waargenomen in de Nederlandse wateren. Het gaat hier om wat in jargon een ‘invasieve exoot’…

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