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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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National Windmill Day (Because such a day exists in the Netherlands!) Posted by on May 14, 2015

This past weekend was “National Windmill Day” or Nationale Molendag in the Netherlands. The approximately 900 windmills in the Netherlands were open for people to visit, and many people made a day of it! By coincidence, Riccardo and I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Beek which is right in front of a…

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Dutch Poetry: De Blauwbilgorgel, door Cees Buddingh Posted by on Apr 22, 2010

Poems are a great way to learn new vocabulary and see the Dutch language used in new and interesting ways.  This particular poem is an experiment in rhythm, sound and tone but uses nonsense words to do it.  It’s a bit like Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” but in Dutch.  But it’s not all complete nonsense, so…

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