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Book Review: Hendrik Groen Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

My latest immersion in Dutch literature was the witty (and slightly heartbreaking) diary of Hendrik Groen. Hendrik Groen, both the name of the protagonist and the pseudonym of the writer takes us through a year of Hendrik living in a retirement home. About the book Het geheime dagboek van Hendrik Groen, 83¼ jaar was first published…

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The Top Dutch Posts of 2017 Posted by on Dec 27, 2017

2017 has been a great year for learning Dutch! The blog posts from this year covered a diverse range of topics some of which sparked great conversations! The most popular posts for this year are the following: Pronouncing the R in Dutch Pronouncing the R when speaking Dutch is a challenge. On this post, Jake…

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Dutch Literature for Language Learners: 8 Books to Add to Your Reading List Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

Reading is one of the best ways to strengthen your language skills by learning new vocabulary in context and engaging thoughtfully with new ideas in a foreign language. When it comes to providing page-turners that build your vocabulary and deepen your cultural insights, Dutch literature doesn’t disappoint. Whether it’s a comic book, a Wikipedia page, or the…

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Pokemon Go but for Books Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

In Belgium and the Netherlands, there are alternatives for book lovers looking for a Pokemon Go-like experience! Aveline Gregoire, a teacher in Belgium, came up with the idea because she wanted to clean out his bookcase. Instead of selling the books, Aveline thought it would be a great idea to have a book-finding game inspired…

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Dicht op de Muur: The Wall Poems of Leiden Posted by on Jan 5, 2016

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Most tourists settting off to practice their Dutch in the Netherlands have their sights set on the canals and museums of Amsterdam, but there’s much more to see in this tiny country than its cosmopolitan capital. Language learners especially will want to avoid spending too much time in the Netherlands’ largest city, where you’re more likely…

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Harry Mulisch: One of the Greatest Posted by on Oct 16, 2014

When I’ve asked people to tell me who they consider the best Dutch writer to be, Harry Mulisch has been everyone’s answer. Having read his novel The Assault, I understand why. The Assault, or De Aanslag in its original Dutch title, tells the story of Anton Steenwijk right at the end of the World War…

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The Dutch Book Surprisingly Few Dutch People Know About Posted by on Mar 21, 2014

Last month, Dutch Olympic speed skating coach Jillert Anema made waves in America when he suggested that the country’s poor performance at the Olympics has much more to do with America’s obsession with (American) football over all other sports than it did with their high-tech Under Armor skating suits. After Anema made the remarks in…

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