Those bangs you heard already in November? The ones that made you think for a split second that a gun battle had broken out in your Dutch neighbourhood? Those bangs are the reason I’ve always looked forward to a Dutch New Year’s Eve as much as a toenail extraction. You just know it’s not going to be […]
About Amanda van Mulligen
Amanda van Mulligen is a British expat who has made the Netherlands her home. She has three Dutch sons who are tinged with Britishness, and a pure bred Dutch husband. She is also a published author, freelance writer and blogger. You can read her blog at Expat Life with a Double Buggy where she scribbles about her expat way of loving, living and parenting. You can catch up with her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
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Learning Dutch can be quite daunting at the best of times, but throw the length of some words in to the mix and it can be downright terrifying. Some Dutch words are so long they look like they have been created purposefully to confuse the average expat. In fact, I’m convinced that some Dutch words […]
In April 2013, I received an email from a stranger. The gist of the message was whether I wanted to be part of a book about expat life in the Netherlands. I, of course, said yes.
This new book on the bilingual block is the first of a planned series written in both Dutch and English. It tells the story of red headed twins, Kiki and Rembrandt, who move from England to the Netherlands. They have a Dutch mother and their father is English, so they speak both languages.
“A plane that took off from Schiphol has crashed in the Ukraine.” I told my husband as I saw a pop up from Sky News on my IPad. “What?” he said, grabbing the remote control to put the television on.
At least one Dutch word still eludes me. It’s a word I cannot get my lips around, no matter how hard I try. It’s a word I’ll go to extreme lengths to avoid saying.