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• "Thanks a million" — an Irish expression upgraded in translation...

• "Simplified French" — the Dutch tend to believe that English is the easiest language to learn....

How to say "drunk" in Irish English...

• "Do you understand this?" — A rude question in the wrong language...

De and het — two Dutch words for "the"...

Late night small-town Romania...

• The Nieuwe Spelling of the Dutch language, 1991...

• The Irish language is in danger of extinction...

Eet smakelijk — the Dutch version of the pervasive Continental "enjoy your meal."...

• Dutch is notoriously difficult. But why?

• The bilingual will switch to English...

• "Alstublieft" — A Dutch word; an exquisite polite custom...

• English, lingua franca...

Cursing in Ireland...
  • Cursing in the Netherlands...

• The rogue Irish comma...

[To be] after; the Irish-English past tense...

• "'Effort yourself' to learn some Spanish" — a Mexican restaurant in Spain...

Gedogen — the Dutch verb for active official tolerance...