A few Dutch songs to get you pumped up on a boring Tuesday afternoon

Does anyone else find Tuesday’s boring? Its not the start of the week, its not hump day and we are miles away from the weekend. Its a bit of a non-day in my opinion. So to brighten up your none day here is a little insight into my current Dutch iTunes favourites and other songs that I am loving at the moment. I try to overlook the English ones because lets face it, I already speak English rather well (at least I’m supposed to!)

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Whistle While You Work!

So today when I looked at the Dutch section that was planned for today and I didn’t really fancy it and in all honesty it just looked super hard and I haven’t got much attention for it today. So instead of doing “Gefeliciteerd met je vriendin!” (that will come later on this week) I decided to do some translating of my favourite Dutch songs. I’ve talked about the Dutch artists I love in a previous post and as a way to lift my spirits I thought I’d have a listen and translate them. I’ve always been quite musical and can pick up music and lyrics pretty swiftly therefore it makes sense to try and use this method of recall to songs. It had also occurred to me that I had favourite songs off the album “Zo Van Ah Yeah” but didn’t actually know what they meant. Win win all round I  say, a bit of music on in the background and some dutch translation it all comes together quiet nicely, utilises all of the senses so to speak. This album was out in 2013 and are technically his “old” songs because he has new ones out but everyone loves an oldie!

My two favourites I am going to talk about today are; Als Ik Naar Je Kijk – When I look at You and Beauty en de Brains – Beauty and the Brains. (For anyone interested they are numbers 1 and 3 on the album). I thought it better to pick two rather than waffle on about all 13 because lets face it I could, but that would just be boring for you all.

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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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Holland or The Netherlands..?

I remember being sent this by one of my Dutch friends a couple of years ago. Even now I still think its a little confusing but it does clarify some key points and some fun facts I certainly didn’t know before:

  • The Kingdom of the Netherlands is made up of 12 provence. Each have their own flag.
  • People who live in North or South Holland are called Hollanders but everyone is Dutch and they all speak Dutch,
  • The Kingdom of the Netherlands is officially made up of 6 Caribbean Islands, 4 countries, 12 provinces, 2 Hollands, 2 Netherlands, 1 Kingdom and they all speak Dutch.



Does that clear things up?


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