Turning Dutch

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Turning Dutch
This blog is my tale of mothering abroad, about the ups and downs of parenting in a foreign country.
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  • A Tale of Two Languages, Three if You Count Dunglish 1 day ago Living in the Netherlands means conducting life in two languages – Dutch and English. My three sons are being raised bilingually and our home conversations and discussions are a mixture of both languages. Yes, Dunglish is alive and well in our home. A life lived in more than one language is not...
  • The Brits and Conkers - 'Kastanjes aan Touwtjes' 1 week ago Fewer children are playing conkers these days. Health and safety rules gone mad is the most likely culprit, but once upon a time, every autumn, school playgrounds across the length and breadth of Britain were filled with children playing conkers. The Tradition of Conkers My brother and I would...
  • The Day My English Skills Came to Good Use for a Dutch Film 2 weeks ago When you live abroad there’s a surprise around many a corner. When you live abroad you stand out. And sometimes that is the backdrop for some amazing experiences. Like the time I was asked by a stranger to do a voice over for a film. A Knock On the Door One morning on a typical… Continue...
  • There's a Reason the Dutch Word for Stairs is 'Trap' 3 weeks ago I was reminded yesterday on Twitter that Dutch stairs are legendary for being steep and dangerous. The stairs in our current house are absolutely normal navigable stairs. The ones in our first house however were not. The Dutch and their stairs warrants a discussion. If you have ever seen a typical...
  • 6 Things I Have Learnt After 4 Weeks At Dutch Secondary School 4 weeks ago Week four of Dutch secondary school attendance and I have some observations. Firstly, it’s not me who is attending secondary school. Those days are well and truly behind me; it’s my eldest son who has the pleasure. As a British born, recently turned Dutch woman, I have not personally been...

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  • Top 8 Must Buy Items For Expats in The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 You can’t buy happiness but as an expat you can buy eight items that will help you get the most out of living in the Netherlands. A Bike There is no doubt whatsoever that the Dutch are cycling nuts. You could sum the locals up with “I...
  • Letting Go of the Career Ladder Working Abroad Taking a step back in your career is never a satisfying move, but if the fact that you don’t speak the local language limits your job opportunities and you need to survive, sometimes you have no choice. I know that firsthand. When I moved to the...

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