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4 Ways to Get Dutch People to Actually Speak Dutch with You Posted by on May 31, 2016

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Every Dutch learner learns this real fast: the hardest thing about learning Dutch is getting Dutch speakers to speak Dutch with you. Welcome to the linguistic conundrum that is Northern Europe, those wealthy countries along the North Sea where English fluency is upward of 90% and people tend to automatically speak English to foreigners. I…

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Shopping and Not Understanding Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

Speaking in your target language is the best way to practice. One of the suggestions from the integration material I’ve received from the Dutch government has been to go out and interact with people at stores. I agree that it is a great way to practice, but one of the challenges of the Dutch language…

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Think Learning Dutch is Hard? It Could Be Worse. You Could Be Learning English! Posted by on Jul 25, 2013

Have you seen the graphic making the rounds on Facebook? The one about all the reasons why English is hard to learn? It includes things like “the soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert” and “after a number of injections my jaw got number.” Pretty mind blowing, huh? Lots of Dutch language learners…

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Why English speakers have a one-up when learning Dutch… and it’s not what you think Posted by on Jun 17, 2013

English speakers have an easier time learning Dutch because they’re both Germanic languages, blah, blah, blah. But that’s not the only reason native English speakers have an advantage when it comes to learning Dutch. So what’s the other thing that gives English speakers the upper hand? A surprising amount of modern Dutch comes directly from…

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14 English words you probably didn’t know have Dutch origins Posted by on May 17, 2013

When you take on the challenge of learning Dutch, native speakers will commend you for trying your hand at their “really difficult” language. Their eyes will widen in admiration as they tell you “Dutch is such a hard language to learn.” They’ve got a point… it sure ain’t easy. But the good news for us…

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Een Avond Naar de Bioscoop: A Night at the Cinema Posted by on Aug 20, 2011

On Wednesday (Woensdag), I went to the cinema (bioscoop) with a friend to see the film, Bridesmaids.  We bought our tickets (kaartjes) before grabbing a bite to eat.  Since it was also “Ladies Night” for one of the other films, the area around the ticket desks was already quite busy (druk). When we got back…

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The Netherlands Comes 2nd in English Proficiency Index Posted by on Mar 31, 2011

The Netherlands has been a popular country for the media when it comes to happiness research.  Several research studies have found that Dutch children are the happiest in Europe, another recent article highlighted that women in the Netherlands are happy despite working less and having a bigger gender pay gap and the World Database of…

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