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Giving compliments in Dutch: our DIY guide

Giving compliments in Dutch: our DIY guide

Whoever’s lived in the Netherlands for a while, knows: the Dutch are not particularly lavish with giving compliments. That’s probably because traditionally in the Netherlands, being normal (and thus not standing out) is considered to be a virtue. This, however, doesn’t mean that the Dutch don’t love to receive compliments. After all, compliments make people […]

Goede voornemens: How the Dutch envision a happy new year

Goede voornemens: How the Dutch envision a happy new year

New year, new me. Or as they would say in the Netherlands: ‘Nieuwe ronde, nieuwe kansen’ (new round, new opportunities). It is 2021, and with the start of a new year come the new year’s resolutions. In Dutch, we call them goede voornemens (good intentions). Curious about some of the most popular goede voornemens in […]

Sinterklaas: Why most Dutch children look forward to December 5th rather than Christmas Eve

Sinterklaas: Why most Dutch children look forward to December 5th rather than Christmas Eve

Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands! Who? If you ever visited the Netherlands around the beginning of December, you might have noticed that store decorations, tv-commercials and advertisements are not necessarily Christmas-spirited yet. Not Santa Claus, but another white-bearded, old man in red clothes, accompanied by his colorfully dressed helping hands, the Pieten, is what […]