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Posts with tips about the Dutch language

Dutch Cuisine the Not so Famous Five Dishes

Dutch cuisine, vlaflip

The not so famous five dishes of Dutch cuisine My wonderful readers, I’m afraid that it’s time for another Dutch phrase of the week. For expats, there are many ways to integrate with our denim loving hosts. Yes, language is key, as is doe maar effe normaal! But to really …

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The Hangover Comes Later/De Kater Komt Later

the hangover comes later

Dutch Phrase of the Week, the Hangover Comes Later If you followed the Shallow Man’s advice about Oud en Nieuw in the Netherlands, then on the first day of 2015, you may well have woken up with a hangover. If you were really lucky (or unfortunate), you might have woken …

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Oud en Nieuw in the Netherlands

Saving money on Oud en Niuew

It’s Oud en Nieuw! It’s Oud en Nieuw (New Years Eve) in the Netherlands. Perfect timing for a seasonal Dutch phrase of the week, this time all about Oud en Nieuw, and more importantly, the local tradities. Everything you need to know. The things I do for my readers!   …

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Seven Tips on How to Survive Dutch Service

Collagen lips almost as thick as Ziggo support staff

How to Survive Dutch Service, Seven Essential Tips The Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular is famous for its picturesque canals, beautiful (but badly dressed) women, international character and terrible, shocking, appallingly bad service, or as the Dutch call it ‘belabberde service’. With this in mind, the Shallow Man, staying true to …

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How to Break up with Your Dutch Partner

Dutch phrase of the week: How to Break up with Your Dutch Partner, the correct Dutch phrases to use. Ik heb helaas slecht nieuws, yes it’s that time of the week I know you’ve been dreading, it’s Dutch phrase of the week. So last week you learned how to flirt …

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Seven Shades of Neuken

Dutch Phrase of the Week: The Seven Shades of Neuken The Shallow Man, in his never ending quest to teach expats all about life in the Netherlands, has been providing weekly posts about different aspects of the Dutch language. Previously we discussed the term Mierenneuker (someone that is annoyingly precise about everything) …

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Dutch Idioms (with animals)

Dutch idioms (the animal kingdom) It’s time again for Dutch phrase of the week. The Shallow Man in his mission to assist expats anyway he can with integrating into Dutch society examines different aspects of the Dutch language. This week we’ll focus on Dutch idioms that use members of the animal …

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Dutch swear words

How to use swear words like the Dutch The Dutch are famous for their cheese, but amongst expats, they are just as well known for their whine. A common form of whining from our eccentric hosts is “bloody foreigners come and work here, but don’t speak Dutch!”. Actually, I can …

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