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Dutch, the language


• The "New Spelling" of the Dutch language, 1996...

• "No offense but youre Dutch quite a few flaws...." — a comment in my guestbook, August 2005...

• I refused to speak English at the grocer — 18 December 2004...

• "English is basically simplified French" — a Dutch person, November 2000...

Peperduur — "as expensive as pepper"...

Gedogen: active tolerance...

Eet smakelijk — the ubiquitous European "enjoy your meal" that does not really translate....

Alstublieft: "if it pleases you," in old Dutch. Now a hyperpolite social custom...

• The Dutch traditionally do not appreciate coarse language....

I learned Dutch about two weeks before I left Holland in January of 2005....

De and het, two words for "the" ...

• Dutch, notoriously difficult — or just notorious?...

• I tried to learn Dutch the first time I lived in Holland, Winter 2000...

• Some good Dutch words...

English for the Dutch...


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