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 recently I found out that the sirens of Dutch emergency vehicles go tatu tatu not... Continue Reading →
My post on doing the NT2 exams is now published on the Amsterdam Mamas website.
In a previous post I talked about language learning, specifically learning Dutch. About juggling a home language and a community language. But the reality is that there's always some cross-over. English is so prevalent, and the Dutch generally so proficient at it, that words and phrases in English are everywhere. For example I haven't managed... Continue Reading →
Last week I found out that I passed my re-take of the Dutch NT2-2 exam. So I have now completed the qualification. My First New Year's Resolution completed for 2017! Doing the exam the second time around I knew what to expect and I used the time better. The longer questions have thinking time before... Continue Reading →
Since moving to the Netherlands we've had to negotiate how to include Dutch into our family life. Or whether we want to at all. Obviously we are a British family, and our main language is English, but in order to integrate better here we were keen to all learn Dutch. We knew from fairly soon... Continue Reading →