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Practice Dutch with these Tongue Twisters Posted by on Jun 24, 2020

When you learn a new language, sometimes you have to teach your mouth and tongue to move in new ways to get the right pronunciation. Tongue twisters or tongbrekers are a fun way to practice and in this post, I want to share a few. Knap de kapper The first tongbreker is about a kapper or hairdresser named Knap…

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What’s a Dutch Zwembad? Posted by on Jun 22, 2020

Ever since I moved away from the Netherlands, there have been things I’ve missed from my home country. Not only foods, like stroopwafels and good patat, but also places to go and see. This morning, I really felt like going to a zwembad (public pool, also refers to just a “pool”). Unlike in the United States, when the Dutch…

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Binnenhof: Trêveszaal Posted by on Jun 15, 2020

The Binnenhof (Inner Court) is the center of the Dutch overheid (government). Located in the heart of Den Haag (The Hague), it oozes Dutch geschiedenis (history) and verhalen (stories). In this series, we’ll go building by building and explore what each is all about. Today, let’s check out the Trêveszaal! For more posts in the Binnenhof series, click here. What…

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Infectious Diseases in the Netherlands Posted by on Jun 10, 2020

Have you ever heard of the PIENTER-onderzoek in the Netherlands? In this post, I will explore what this is and how is it has been expanded with the current COVID-19 situation. PIENTER-onderzoek First things first: what does pienter mean? According to the Van Dale dictionary, it means schrander of slim. PIENTER-onderzoek means a clever or insightful research…

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Curious Words in Dutch 6: Telefoonbotje Posted by on Jun 1, 2020

Have you ever called your arm? The Dutch word telephone bone suggests that you can. Or is that not what it means? Let’s take a look at this curious word. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In Dutch The Telephone Bone You may have heard of the “phone bone” before. It refers to bone growth…

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