Mirusia: The Dutch Classical Superstar

Last month we had the pleasure of chatting with international classical music star, Mirusia Louwerse. Mirusia is the darling of the classical circuit, an accomplished soprano, an Aussie-Dutch hybrid, and most i...

1 April, kikker in je bil!

1 april, kikker in je bil! (die er nooit meer uit wil) Translation 1st of April, frog in your butt! Meaning April fools! History In 1572, the Low countries were at the beginning of the Eighty years’ war o...

Funny Dutch expressions

It’s been said that, on average, 30% of a language is idiom and expressions. Dutch is actually 98.7%. Well maybe not that high, but be prepared for utter confusion when cows, monkeys, windmills and weather barg...

No. 36: Sinterklaas

You’ve seen the imagery all over town: that old dude with white hair and the big pointed red hat. You know those pesky black-faced fellas he hangs out with. The ones who've whipped pepernoten at your head. You'...

No. 40: Sinks with only cold water

After many a year living in the lowlands I've made some serious progress in deciphering the Dutch: I've mastered the art (and pronunciation!) of gezelligheid, I've gotten used to the constant presence of ...

No. 2: Gezelligheid

How could we possibly expect to make a list of stuff Dutch people like and not include this perplexing little guttural-sounding word at the top of the list! You will quickly learn that Dutch people like love...