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Fun ways to learn new vocabulary Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Learning vocabulary can be quite a task if you are not constantly using these words. I find particularly hard to learn onregelmatige werkwoorden or irregular verbs because well….they are irregular! However, with a little creativity and some old-fashioned studying, you can tackle the new words you want to learn. Below is a list of 5 useful ways…

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6 Ways to Read More News in Dutch Posted by on Feb 23, 2016

Especially when learning a small cultural language like Dutch, it’s nearly impossible to separate the language from the culture of the people who speak it. That’s why jezelf op de hoogte houden (keeping yourself up to date) on current events in the Netherlands, Belgium, and other parts of the nederlandstaalgebied is a great way to…

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5W Questions Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

Asking a question is an important part of communicating. Questions are the means to how we get more information and help us understand our surroundings. This is why learning how to phrase questions in our target language is very important. We can ask for directions, for clarification, for explanation and for reasons. In the U.S…

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Word Use: Oranje Voetbal Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

The best way to learn new vocabulary is to use it. One exercise that has always challenged me and helped me learn word use in other languages is a paragraph where you fill in the words. It seems like something we’ve done since grade school, but it helps use new words. When you work on…

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Time to Say Vaarwel Posted by on Jun 1, 2014

Well, dear blog readers, here we are… my last blog post for Transparent Language. My family and I are relocating to the United States and with the upcoming move and the uncertainty of the future, a further commitment to the blog just isn’t doable. Sharing this Dutch language journey with you here has been an…

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Nederlands Leren on a Budget Posted by on Feb 23, 2014

I got an email today from a brand-spanking new expat in Gelderland. She’s been in the Netherlands about two months. She’s a bit isolated, no job prospects as of yet, few people to pal around with, and zilch in the way of funds to put towards her Dutch language education. She wanted to know what…

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The Top 5 Facebook Pages You Should Like if You Really Wanna Learn Dutch Posted by on Jul 3, 2013

Since my Top 4 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following if You Really Wanna Learn Dutch post went live, many of you have been saying “Yeah, but what if I’m not on Twitter? What then?” Well, awesome thing number one is that Facebook also has a wealth of pages created specifically with the Dutch language learner…

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