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Euro 2020: Oranje is Back! Posted by on Jun 14, 2021

Oranje Back Euro 2020

Oranje is back! After missing out on the EK 2016 and the WK 2018, the Dutch national football team qualified again for a big championship. Yesterday they played their first game of the tournament. What happened? To celebrate this, and to celebrate the 60th birthday of the European Football championship, we’ll do a series of…

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Record-High Rainfalls in the Netherlands Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

Yesterday, the Netherlands was hit by a huge storm with severe rainfall. A weeralarm (weather alert) in the stage code oranje (code orange) was announced in the provinces Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Brabant and Utrecht. This means that there is a chance of extraordinary weather coming with a greater chance of schade en ongevallen (damage and accidents). This turned out to be more than…

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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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A love letter to the Oranje fans Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Dear Oranje fans, The month of June has been filled with your lively color, with lions, with flags and with cheers. The stores have been sure to supply the entire country with all sorts of home articles of your dear color: shirts, socks, pants, wigs, flags, pots, pans, utensils, spatulas and baking ware. Streets and…

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World Cup 2010: The Aftermath Posted by on Sep 23, 2010

For the Dutch, this summer was an emotional roller coaster – and we are not a people accustomed to a high emotional pitch.  While the world watched, the Dutch national team ascended to its first World Cup final since 1978.  In the weeks leading up to the final match in South Africa, voetbal pundits made…

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Supporting Oranje in the World Cup with Beesies Posted by on Jun 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I found my preferred method of supporting the Dutch national football team.  For every 10..15? euros you purchase at the Albert Heijn you get this little thing they call a beesie.  A beestje is a tiny creature or a beasty.  Albert Heijn came up with these little fuzzy creatures and called…

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Dutch Football Songs about Oranje Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

As we all know, it is football season and oranjegekte (a strange disorder characterized by the inability to wear any color other than orange and a compulsive need to hang orange flags from every place possible) has descended on the country.  What you might not know, though probably do, is how important singing is.  If…

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