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Crows and Dutch Ingenuity Posted by on Feb 7, 2018

Last month, I wrote about some very interesting projects started by the Dutch. I came across another one this month, that I would like to share with you: Crowded Cities. Sigarettenpeuken or cigarette butts are an issue in all major cities. In the Netherlands, 6 billion cigarette filters are thrown to the streets each year creating…

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Untranslatable Dutch: Komkommertijd Posted by on Feb 5, 2018

There are certain words that are used in a language and are impossible to translate. You can try, but it will never be a completely accurate translation that catches its meaning. Such as the Zesjescultuur post or the Pottenkijker post. In the Untranslatable Dutch posts, we will explore Dutch words that cannot be simply translated to English. Enjoy! Today, we…

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Why Is Dutch Courage Dutch? Posted by on Jan 29, 2018

Dutch courage. A well-known term for anyone that ever did something they never thought they were confident enough or strong enough for after drinking alcohol. How is that related to the Dutch? Last week, we looked at the “Dutch angle”, a film maker’s device for framing a shot, and how it is Dutch. Today, we…

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The Gouden Eeuw: A Golden Time for the Dutch Posted by on Jan 28, 2018

The 17th century does not spring to mind for many as a very prosperous and important time for the average person in the 21st century. After all, we now have the internet, electricity, good health care and we can travel all over the world in a matter of days. Despite that, the Dutch refer to…

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Back to Basics: Possession and Pronouns Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

One of the mistakes I’ve caught myself consistently making is to mix up all of the pronouns when it comes to talking about people’s things. If it isn’t using ik or je, I cannot seem to get them straight in my head. Ik heb hun auto gebruikt…zij auto….de auto van wie?!?!? What is a pronoun? The first question…

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