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Buying a Car in the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

Even though the bike is the #1 mode of transportation in the Netherlands, some people will inevitably have to (or want to) buy a car. After sharing with my husband the experience of buying a car, I came up with the following list of useful information. Nieuwe Auto, Tweedehands Auto Considering the significant difference in…

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Tweeklanken 4: oe, oei, oi, ooi Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

In the past weeks, we talked about tweeklanken. Today is our last instalment with one of the least common combinations: those with an o. Let’s start! The past posts in this series: Tweeklanken 1: ae, ai, aai, au/ou Tweeklanken 2: ie, ieu(w), ij/ei Tweeklanken 3: eeu(w), ei, eu, ui oe Oe is actually super common. It…

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Mental Health in the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 16, 2017

I wrote before about going to the huisarts or the doctor when it comes to a regular cold or fever. Today’s post focuses on a more serious matter, but one that affects many people: mental health. According to the Trimbos Instituut, about 20% of Dutch adults suffer from depression during their lifetime and 13% of mothers suffer from…

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Tweeklanken 3: eeu(w), ei, eu, ui Posted by on Aug 14, 2017

Hi again. Welcome to the third instalment on the series on tweeklanken.  Today, we discuss those that start with an e. Last week, we discussed ei already, as it is very much related to the ij. The other two tweeklanken with e are pretty straightforward, I think. Furthermore, because the ui and eu are kind of related in what they sound like, I will also discuss ui today. They are…

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6 Things to Know About Babies in the Netherlands Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Whether you are planning to have a baby in the Netherlands or just have friends and family here who will, having babies in the Netherlands comes with its own customs and traditions. Below is a list of the most useful things to know about having babies in the Netherlands: Thuisbevalling Thuisbevalling or a home birth…

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