Day 7: Five Favourite Songs

I’m going to take a liberty now and give you my 5 Fave Dutch Songs rather than normal general songs. If you’ve not heard these before, give them a listen. They all put a smile on my face. Rather than give you five I could comfortably list 50! I’ve spoken about music many times on this blog, my favourite dutch artists, songs, personalities etc. choosing just 5 is tough.

In no particular order:

  1. Paul De Leeuw – Vogeltje Wat Zing Je Vroeg (DONT JUDGE ITS MY HAPPY SONG!)
  2. Neilson & Miss Montreal – Hoe
  3. Bløf & Neilson – Mannenharten
  4. Henk Dissel – Jij en Ik.
  5. Dotan – Home (Not in Dutch but he’s Dutch so it counts :))

Exam Script and Holiday Revision Plans

After going through everything it occurred to me that I didn’t post my exam piece for my Dutch course. So in this post I’m going to do just that. I’m not going to share all of the photos I used become some of them are quite personal but the majority are just scenic and I can’t not show you.

I wanted to mention as well at just how useful my studying was before i started the course. Yes I moaned when I first started it and it was slow and a bit rubbish (I read through some of my earlier posts whilst recapping all of the course material) but without doing all the work before hand this course would have been too much. There is a guy on my course who said as much. We are moving through the language so quickly there isn’t much time to dwell on some points. I’ve always been a bit of a geek and been, arguable, over prepared for EVERYTHING but I’m not ashamed of that. I’ve worked bloody hard and I don’t intend to give that up any time soon!

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I’ve come across adjectives from day one, no sentence is complete without an adjective really. There are probably one in 99% of all statements. In my English Language A Level the more adjectives the better! Today I have looked at them in a little more depth rather than winging it.

The most common ending for adjectives in Dutch is ‘-e’, very occasionally an ‘-s’ and sometimes its simply left alone.

I’ve split my learning into sections that take ‘-e’, ‘-s’ and sections that are alternatives or just stay the same.


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First Week of Dutch Preparation

It has been a whole week since I signed up for my Dutch lessons and I’ve got 6 weeks left until my first class.

My aim from the start was to spend an hour (at least) on Dutch each day in the run up to starting my course before being told where to focus my energies. In the mean time i have been listening to Dutch Radio, watching Mannenharten countless times and keeping in check with Nick and Simon’s Caribbean Dream on NPO! As you can imagine it have been a busy week. Today i have gone over the past seven sections I have covered. Looking back it does seem similar to when I was learning French I can remember those huge text books with each double page a new section like; Holidays, Cinema, The Home etc.

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Review: Mannenharten

The first full Dutch movie I’ve ever seen was Mannenharten. We are talking *full* Dutch! A problem I know I am going to come across with the movies is the lack of English subtitles. With a movie this isn’t the end of the world because you can follow what is going on by the context and the situations they are in. Luckily with Dutch there are many words which sound the same or similar in English and with the help of a little google translation of key words that keep cropping up I can honestly say I really enjoyed the movie.

So, What is the movie about?

MannenhartenGym-buddies Tim, Wouter, Niels and Denis all have issues at home with their love life. Tim has cold feet about his wedding, Wouter is trying his best to keep his girlfriend, Niels is a shy socially awkward man looking for love and Denis is the party-boy who changes his focus from models and the highlife to working with a folk singer.

I love the tagline from the movie synopsis; “In bed beside him Each one looking for their place in life and to the person they want on their side. Unpredictable but oh so recognisable!”

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