Welcome to my blog!

Hello. Fancy seeing you here! I hope you are well.

This is my blog about all things Dutch. I ramble on a bit but I’m sure there are some good bits in here somewhere. I have been learning Dutch for a little over 6 months now. The end game is to end up there but until that happens I will just write about it.

In this blog you will find my ramblings on about learning the language, my highly opinionated views on big news stories and general reviews about movies, music and books etc.

Kinderdijk This category contains all of my lesson information, class notes and important language learning tips and tricks I collect along the way! So if you’re learning Dutch or just interested in seeing how rubbish mine is then these posts should give you everything you need to know.

 

IMG_0452This section includes my opinions on all the major news stories in The Netherlands and around the world. My views are my own and I always try to be super honest which means that it’s probably not politically correct!

 

This category contains reviews. IMG_5536My opinions on Dutch TV, Movies, Books etc. as well as the odd product review here and there.

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Contact Me!

If for any reason you would like to contact me then please, please do. I always reply to people, I have people who ignore my messages! Also I am always grateful for a cheeky new follower on Twitter or Instagram (my favourite new social media platform!) and it is lovely to receive notes or messages from other people either with a love of The Netherlands, a passion for the language or if you just have something sweet to share.

Send through any recommended blogs too. I am always on the hunt for finding a new tip and learning from others.

Here’s how to find me!

Twitter: @mariavsmith_

Instagram: mariavictoriasmith

Facebook: facebook.com/mariavictoriasmiths

Email: mariavsmith@msn.com

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Where have I been in Holland?

My plan was to put this brilliant interactive map up with all the different places I’ve been and stuff but it turns out I don’t really know how to use WordPress to that level so unfortunately I’m just going to have to list the places. Sorry!

Lets start with somewhere I can add a map for. When I go to The Netherlands I stop in a town called Zwijndrecht. This is in the south of Holland about 45mins away from Schipol.

 

Over the last 5 years I have visited many different places!

Amsterdam
Apeldoorn
Delft
Dordrecht
Gouda
Haarlem
Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht
Hilversum
Kinderdijk
Leiden
Rotterdam
Schevenigen
Sloterdijk
The Hague
Utrecht
Valkenburg
Volendam

 

This is a bit of an ongoing list and I will check with my Dutch buddies if there is anywhere I’ve missed off.

 


 

 

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About Me…

My name is Maria and I’m British. I am 23 and have set myself a small challenge. I am going to use this blog to talk a little bit about me, my slight obsession with The Netherlands and my journey into learning Dutch.

Once Upon A Time some five or six years ago I discovered the Netherlands and gradually fell in love with all things dutch.  After indulging in many little trips to and from Holland during my student days I am now in a position to fully accept and admit my undying love for the country, the culture, the food (well some of it) and their general way of life. I survived this long without speaking any of the language, it is time to pull my finger out!

When looking on the internet for blogs and guides to The Netherlands and the Dutch language I really struggled to find anything hence where the idea for this blog has come from. I do ramble on and I can’t really promise that everything I post will be all that fantastic but I’m using this space to chart my learning progress and share any useful tips I learn along the way, introduce people to the epic-ness of the country and there will of course be the odd random post because, well…just because.

Thank You for taking the time out to read, comment and show such an interest in Dutch and the things I have to say. I reply to everything  and love finding new tips. Life is complicated enough without sharing the love every once in a while right?!

 

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  1. Hi Maria!
    Just stumbled across your blog and I feel like you and I may just be the same person – I too share your slightest obsession with the Netherlands and all things Dutch :) I lived in Utrecht from Sept-Dec last year and loved it so much that I’m moving to Amsterdam in a few weeks for an unknown period of time :) I am also currently learning Dutch. I’m looking forward to reading how you find your lessons (and also very excited for you to start!!)
    Veel success met jouw nederlands leren :)
    Charlene xx

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    • Hoi Charlene,

      Thank you for your kind comments! I’ve never found anyone else who shares such a love haha! I would love to take the plunge and go over there for a few months but I just wouldn’t know where to start! How are you finding learning Dutch? I think its so rewarding even though terrible difficult at times! Keep me posted about all of your adventures I am very jealous!!

      Take care and good luck!

      Maria xx

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      • I’m finding it ok so far but I think it will be a different story once I actually move there again and have to interact with real Dutch people in Dutch (rather than English!!!)

        It can be a little frustrating at times but the trick is to work your way through plateaus and switching up learning methods! I love how you listen to the radio. I listen to 3fm a lot – it’s a station broadcasting from Utrecht. It’s so rewarding when I understand a word or a phrase that I didn’t know before :)

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    • Hoi!
      Thank you. My blog started a bit like yours not really knowing if i’ll find anything to write about but my goodness I’ve learnt i can rattle on and on and on!

      I hope your Dutch is going well! I am beginning to find a lovely little group of people who speak english as a first language but are learning Dutch, who would have thought it!

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  3. I thought I was the only one with a weirdly strong love for Holland! I went on a family visit when I was 13 and my love has grown since then! I’ve also started learning dutch but I’m pretty shocking so far LOL! Ive been following you on Instagram for ages now but I look forward to reading more ☺

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    • Hi Jenny! I love your instagram!!
      I find that Dutch is an all or nothing kind of language sometimes you’ve just gotta go for it haha!
      If it weren’t for speaking to people such as yourself and others on here I would be convinced there was just little old weird me loving off the Orange Low Lands haha xx

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