Dutch Manners and Etiquette a guide for foreigners People often say to me, "Shallow Man, you dress so well". Which is, of course, true, but people also often say to me, "why are the Dutch so rude!". To which my answer is always "it's complicated". To truly understand the Dutch and their behaviour you have to learn the norms of Dutch manners and etiquette, only then will you … [Read more...] about The Foreigners Guide to Dutch Manners and Etiquette
Life in the Netherlands My Favourite Things The Shallow Man recently received the following comment from an aggrieved reader. Is it just me? To notice an edge of cynicism (check spelling.) within your recent posts? Could you find another slant? This pisstake has become tedious/odious. Yes, you make a point but why not but why not concentrate upon the benefits of a Dutch society … [Read more...] about My Five Favourite Things About Life In The Netherlands
Five Essential Dutchisms Definition of Dutchism 1: a patronising and irritating way of explaining some aspect of Dutch culture to foreigners 2: a tendency towards condescension a manner of behaving toward others in an outwardly polite way that nevertheless implies one's own country is superior to that of others; One can detect a Dutchism as they always begin with … [Read more...] about Five Essential Dutchisms That You’re Bound To Hear As A Foreigner
Why Zwarte Piet must remain black! As I write this, it's November again. In the Netherlands, the annual pretending not to be black season is about to begin. I am of course referring to the annual Sinterklaas celebration and the most popular ethnic minority in the Netherlands, the Zwarte Piets. At this time of year arguing about Zwarte Piet is almost becoming as much of a … [Read more...] about Black is black and so is Zwarte Piet!
The Shallow Man etiquette guide for staying with Dutch friends Today I'm going to publish an email I received (if you're younger than 25 you might want to ask your parents what an email is) from a reader who is resident in the UK. She's awfully polite and was left somewhat shell-shocked by her experience of staying with some Dutch friends in the Netherlands. You have to … [Read more...] about Essential Etiquette Tips For Foreigners When Staying with Dutch friends