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Dutch Terms – How Drinking Makes Agreements Dutch Posted by on Jan 21, 2022

Dutch Terms Dutch Agreement Dutch Bargain

That title might sound weird – what do agreements and drinking have in common? And how do the Dutch get involved? There are quite a number of English words where you can ask yourself that question. In this series on “Dutch”-terms, we explore these words and look at their history and how they got their…

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Dutch Commercials: Amstel and Coolblue Posted by on Aug 26, 2020

Recently, there have been a few commercials that have caught my attention because they are a quick way to learn a few new words. In this post, I want to focus on Amstel’s beer commercial titled Proostnamen and the series of commercials from the online electronic store Coolblue. Amstel Amstel has been around since 1870 when…

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Dutch Money: Talking About Money Posted by on Mar 2, 2020

Geld (money). It is the lifeblood of our economieën (economies) and we need it in our dagelijks leven (daily life) for everything from boodschappen (groceries, household items) to treinkaartjes (train tickets) to buying a rijbewijs (driver’s license) once you get tired of all the vertragingen (delays) of the Dutch trains. In the previous posts about Dutch money, we talked about where the Dutch gulden came from…

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Dutch Word of the Month September: Koopkracht Posted by on Sep 30, 2019


September! Out of the boring months, here comes something important for all to hear: news about the begroting (budget) for the next begrotingsjaar (fiscal year). Presented every derde dinsdag in september (third Tuesday in September) on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day). And besides money for onderwijs (education), zorg (healthcare) or infrastructuur (infrastructure), there is always something about koopkracht. What is that, and why does it matter? Here we go! Click…

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Dutch Word of the Month August: Puzzelwoord Posted by on Aug 26, 2019

Like July, August is a quiet month for the news, real komkommertijd. But this month, something exciting happened: Lingo is back! And with it, some of Lingo’s iconic vocabulary. The word of the month is: Puzzelwoord (puzzle word)! Click here for previous Words of the Month What does it mean? Puzzelwoord (puzzle word) quite simply refers to…

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Dutch Word of the Month July: De Sproeischaamte Posted by on Jul 29, 2019

It is heet (hot). The grueling hitte (heat) of the zomer (summer) and the lack of regen (rain) is killing your tuin (garden). And all you can do to fight this heat is to sprinkle some water (water) to save at least something. Though in this hitte, using water for keeping your tuin together –…

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Dutch Word of the Month June: Verjaardag Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

In this blog series, we choose a Dutch word of the monthit deeWe may tie the word to current events, or just choose one as we see fit. If you have nominations for Word of the Month, please leave them in the comments, and we will consider them. The Word of the Month of June…

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