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Archive for June, 2018

Dutch Traffic: Why the stop sign is so rare in the Netherlands Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

Welcome to a new series here at the Dutch blog, discussing verkeerssituaties (traffic situations) and verkeersborden (traffic signs) in the Netherlands. Even though the verkeersregels (traffic rules) are not that different in the Netherlands, there are a few key differences. Today, we discuss why there are barely any stopborden (stop signs) in the Netherlands. Stop! As we know, a stopbord means that the approaching bestuurder (driver)…

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Music in Dutch: Ali B Posted by on Jun 27, 2018

Summer seems like the perfect time to listen to music in Dutch and practice the language on your way to your summer holiday. In this post, I would like to recommend the Dutch rapper Ali B. Ali B is a Dutch rapper of Moroccan descent who has taken the music scene by storm. He isn’t…

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Football In The Netherlands Posted by on Jun 26, 2018

I don’t know if you missed it, but there is a huge sportevenement (sports event) happening right now: The Wereldkampioenschap Voetbal (The Football World Cup) in Rusland (Russia). And while the Dutch elftal did not qualify, all Dutch eyes are on this Wereldkampioenschap. Who will win it? Learn here some vocabulary and how the Dutch follow this World Cup! Voetbal in Nederland…

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Who is Mark Rutte? Posted by on Jun 8, 2018

There has been a video going around about Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, cleaning up after spilling some coffee while entering a building. After the video went viral, The Washington Post has named him a symbol of etiquette while other news sources have called the bluff on his publicity stunt. Regardless of the reasons…

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3 things to AVOID in an onweer Posted by on Jun 7, 2018

Here in the Netherlands, we frequently experience onweer (thunderstorms) between the hot days. Just last Friday, we experienced heavy regenbuien (rain showers) and onweer in some areas. And it often hits quite plotseling (suddenly). So what to do in an onweer – or, perhaps more apt, what to avoid? Here are 3 things to avoid in a Dutch onweer. 1. Buiten zijn The ANWB (the “Royal Dutch Touring…

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