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Dutch Numbers on Everything! Posted by on May 27, 2020

Het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek or CBS is the government organisation that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands.  The CBS has been around since 1899 and provides reliable information related to population, economic growth, unemployment, religion and more. This post will explore the organisation and what kind of information you can find. Geschiedenis Like…

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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 15 – Trees Posted by on May 26, 2020

Now that the zomer (summer) is here, and you may not be able to do anything else but stay in the Netherlands due to the Coronavirus, it’s a great time to explore the Netherlands! What about a wandeling (stroll) among the impressive eikenbomen (oak trees) of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug? Or through the bossen (forests) of the Drents-Friese Wold? Or what about a…

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Corona in Understandable (Dutch) Language Posted by on May 20, 2020

Since the corona crisis began in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has made available so much information, however, this isn’t always done in simple language. This creates a problem for the 2.5 million people in the Netherlands who have low reading, writing and counting skills. Fortunately, the Stichting Lezen en Schrijven is doing something to…

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Telling Time in Dutch: A Refresher Posted by on May 18, 2020

Let’s take a look at how to tell time in Dutch, and some useful sentences and information around the time in the Netherlands. Always useful to be able to figure out the time, especially if you don’t have a watch or phone on you! Here’s some tips, things to look out for, and how it…

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Binnenhof: De Ridderzaal Posted by on May 11, 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 Ridderzaal! For more posts in the Binnenhof series, click here. What…

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Untranslatable Dutch: Ver-van-mijn-bedshow Posted by on May 4, 2020

Let’s try to translate something untranslatable again today, shall we? This one is actually quite a curious one, with all its hyphens. Let’s look at word that’s very far from your bed: een ver-van-mijn-bedshow. Click here for more untranslatable words A show far from my bed! So what is this? A far-from-your-bed show? What is that…

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Dutch King’s Day – In Quarantine?! Posted by on Apr 27, 2020

Today is Koningsdag (King’s Day), on which our koning (king) Willem-Alexander celebrates his 53rd verjaardag (birthday). An exciting day, where the entire country is on its feet, clothed in orange and ready to celebrate. The koning visits a town where he is welcomed and invited to join in with all kinds of activities. But… That’s not possible today, with quarantainemaatregelen (quarantine measures) in…

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