Dutch language achievement unlocked: understanding the woman who was telling me my dress was tucked into my knickers at the back
1. Walked to work and the winter sun was beautiful so I got a few nice pics
2. My lessons went well
(two funny things happened. First was: two of my kids came up to me at the beginning of the lesson looking all dramatic and sorry for themselves. One, M, said
“F has a headache and I have to go to the doctor because I have white things in my butt”.
I was like “er…WHAT???” thinking I had misheard her.
So she said, enunciating very carefully “F has. a. head. ache.”
“…yeeees…and you…you what?”
“Mummy says I have to go to the doctor because my butt is itchy and there is white things.”
“Okay that is definitely what you’re saying. Okay well…okay thanks for telling me…!”
Second thing was I was briefly chatting with a parent after class and I said, about her son, “he’s doing well - he already seems to have some English?”. She told me “yes well, when me and his father have secrets we speak in English so he doesn’t understand” haha.)
3. I went to Life Drawing class again and it was really rewarding and enriching and lovely.
Bonus number four good thing: at both the workshop yesterday and the class this evening I was with mostly Dutch people, and I realised I could understand quite a lot of what they were saying - I just couldn’t respond (in Dutch). I was pleased because the language being used was not the typical Dutch I am exposed to and comfortable with (I.e. The language used in pubs/restaurants, shops or schools).
I’ve been feeling shitty because I have stalled in my Dutch learning as I had to stop my lessons in the Spring when life was crazy. So it’s good to know it’s all still in there, and actually developing too, and I just need to get back to studying it.
Actually this relates to some *~life plans~* stuff, which I can’t be bothered to go into now, but basically I’m going to dedicate next year to actually doing proper Dutch courses that you really have to pay for and invest in. I want and need to be fluent. Up until now I’ve just done a year of evening classes from beginner to intermediate level, and then a few months of private teaching. I need to level up, now.
Germanic langages, source: Carolyn Emerick.
(Languages historically spoken in the British Isles are in red.)
I don’t know how many times I’ve explained to people that English isn’t a Romance language.
Teachers in every school ever: stop confusing your students.
Yup. English and Dutch are basically German dialects. Whenever people ask me if Dutch is hard to learn and I respond with “no, it’s pretty close and similar to English really” they never believe me!
im laughing because i just found out a flemish word for a type of thin sandwich is boterham
its literally cause it only has butter and one other ingredient, typically a charcuterie meat like ham, between two bits of bread
Lol this is true.
"Dutch slang has a useful noun, de befborstel, to refer to the mustache specifically as a tool for stimulating the clitoris; probably from beffen “to stimulate the clitoris with the tongue.”"
Haha, true! It’s literally translated as ‘the cunnilingus brush’.
Minimalist Art Movement Posters, grafisch ontwerper Outmane Amahou heeft verschillende kunststijlen in iconische posters gezet. 1 object of vorm moet een stroming verbeelden.
Minimalist Art Movement Posters. Graphic designer Outmane Amahou has put different art styles into iconic posters. One object or shape has to depict the style.
(My translation of that last line is wrong but I can’t figure out how to write it better!)
Fastfood-auto architectuur in Georgië. Voorkant McDonald’s, achterkant een tankstation, of vice versa. In Nederland is McDonald’s al een tijdje bezig met een groener imago te creëren, door letterlijk meer groen en natuurlijke kleuren te gebruiken. In een land als Georgië is dat kennelijk niet voldoende en is in Batumi een futuristisch bouwwerk neergezet, ontworpen door architect Giorgi Khmaladze. Op de laatste foto is te zien hoe het als een vreemdsoortige UFO in zijn omgeving staat. Spectaculair is het zeker!
“Fast food and car architecture in Georgia. In the front, McDonald’s, at the back a petrol station - or vice versa. In The Netherlands McDonald’s is currently busy trying to create a greener image - literally - through using more green and natural colours. In a country like Georgia that is apparently not sufficient, and in Batumi a futuristic building has been designed and built through architect Giorgi Khmaladze. In the last photo you can see how it looks from the perspective of a UFO. It is definitely spectacular!”
(I’ve been learning Dutch for 18 months so my translation might be rusty).
I think from the side, the building looks like a kingfisher’s head emerging from the water.
Denk je alles goed. Collega Hans ging voor mij naar de winkel en heeft kopieën gemaakt. Geweldig hoe je Nederlands beter geworden is.
Gefeliciteerd en ga zo door…
Met hartelijke groet,
Hehehe hartelijke bedankt! Mij schrijven en lezen beter dan mij spreken en luisteren zijn, maar wat je zeggen zo prettig is. Je hebt vandaag me blij gemaakt! Ik zal ga zo door!