Parent teacher meetings

Parent teacher meetings

Last week I had parent teacher meetings for both children. These were fifteen minute sessions with their teachers and without the children there. And we have these three times a year now – late autumn, early spring and before the summer holiday. Both of them are...
Mixing languages

Mixing languages

One of the joys of having children who speak two languages is watching them learn them both.  Hearing them talk to each other in a mishmash of them. Helping them learn words that they only know in the other language. That they can teach you words that you...
Today is budget day!

Today is budget day!

I missed writing yesterday because I knew that today was the day the Dutch government announced their budget. Normally I don’t bother with blogging about this, but this is not an ordinary year. This time the implications for us were very high. Now, the Dutch...
Museum cards

Museum cards

The Dutch have a great system where you can buy an annual subscription, and then visit pretty much all the museums in the country for free. This is a museum card, and it is personalised, so has your name and the adult cards have your photo on too. Children’s...
Nee-nah or tatu?

Nee-nah or tatu?

What I hadn’t thought about when learning a new language was that it’s not only the words that are different. The sounds that things make are different too. For example in Dutch cows say “boo” and cockerels crow “kukuleku”. And...

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