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/>Tina Turner’s Musical Premiere and and my son Tim’s Swimming Exam in one go! Musicals: As you may know I worked with the cast of musicals like The Lion King, Anastasia and at the moment I work at Tina Turner the Musical. I help the performers with their language skills and make sure that the […]
“Kinderen en kanker zijn woorden die ik eigenlijk liever niet in één zin zie. Dat dit af en toe wel gebeurt, kan men alleen verdragen als er maximale veiligheid, troost en natuurlijk de allerbeste medische hulp wordt geboden.” – Claudia de Breij Groot Abcouder Dictee 2020 Op 23 maart organiseert Lions Abcoude-Baambrugge voor de 5e […]
Is our English that great or are the English too polite to tell us that we make mistakes. Differences in what the English say and what they mean.
Our English, especially in and around Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague and Utrecht, is definitely not bad compared to the English speakers in other European countries. Still we do make mistakes and yes, the English are too polite to tell us. Even when an Englishman will comment on your English there is still the chance that […]
Even when it is nobody’s birthday, you are still confronted with birthdays every day! Most Dutch people tend to display their birthday calendar in the bathroom, in order not to forget anyone’s birthday. These birthday calendars only give you the dates. They are without days of the week and the year, so you can […]
Most of the Dutch have their friends outside work, meaning colleagues are not immediately seen as friends. If you want to get to know your colleagues or neighbors better, you definitely have to make an effort. Most of the Dutch love their privacy and they assume you as well. So they are never sure that […]
Moving to the Netherlands: Will your neighbours welcome you in the neighbourhood? You move into your new home in the Netherlands. Will your neighbours pass by with home made cookies or a cake to welcome you to the neighbourhood? Probably not. The Dutch are sensitive about invading your privacy. They have seen you moving in […]
Why do many Dutch always say ‘why/ waarom??’ when they are asked to do something instead of just doing it?
The Dutch assume everyone is equal. The boss/manager has no more rights or privileges then his employees. So no special parking place and he will have to wait in line for food in the canteen as well. In line with this equality principal the Dutch don’t like direct orders. They hate the feeling to be […]