Laura speaks Dutch 56: Speeching at a wedding

This episode is a fringe one. It is the first one after a very, very long break. My father has passed way and I just couldn’t get myself to do a new episode and thus didn’t. But life goes one and now that regular things are back on track it is time for Laura speaks Dutch again. The reason I got to do this podcast again is a upcoming wedding and the groom gearing up to speak in Dutch. Now can we ignore such a plea? Of course not! So here’s the speech David wants to give at his wedding. Continue reading

Laura speaks Dutch 55: The subject of a sentence

It is time to focus on grammar again I learned from the Laura Speaks Dutch-facebook group. So let’s have a look at the subject of a sentence. Not the easiest lesson, but still very interesting.
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Got it! A Laura speaks Dutch Facebook Group!

For more than a year I have been figuring what to do with the still growing community of people that listen to Laura speaks Dutch. The numbers of the visitors are amazing (last month without making a new episode I had 149,609 visitors and the number of downloads are off the chart. Only based of the 20 best visited links I could determine that I served over 500,000 mp3′s I discovered yesterday! Going through my logs I guess I may have delivered almost 800,000 mp3′s to people. My computer is not standing in a datacenter in vain.

But how can we be better in touch? I have started a group on Facebook that obviously is named “Laura speaks Dutch” which can be a haven for people to meet, exchange experiences, ask questions and request things for the podcast. By starting that I hope to get a more alive community. Of course you can still reach me by mail or through Twitter. I plan to add many, many new episodes so let’s stay in touch and get some community working here. Thanks! Dank u!

Laura speaks Dutch 54: Sinterklaas is back (terug)

As every year Sinterklaas is back in the Netherlands. Of course we all beleive in him and are happy to meet him again. Last saturday he arrived in our country and as you can see in the picture that is cause for celebration. Children are dancing and that is such a pretty sight. So here is another Sinterklaas-lesson.

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Laura speaks Dutch 53: Meet the family

In this episode we talk about the family. How is everyone called? A good way to have a look at that is to talk about the most famous family gathering: de birthdays. We have touched that before in the birthday song in episode 15. As usual the text that you learn is available as well. Continue reading

Laura speaks Dutch #52: Riding the bike

Laura riding a bike near KinderdijkWith thanks to Brian from South Dakota we have a podcast-episode dedicated to riding the bike. Thanks for writing the script and helping make a brand new episode. Brian loves riding the bike and thus the subject was easy for him to pick. The Dutch are known for all the bikes that are present so the lesson does make a lot of sense. Please read on for the things you will learn in this episode.

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Laura speaks Dutch #51: Soccer turns Holland orange

It is that time of year again: the European Championships soccer have begun and that means that our world turns orange again. So I’ll focus on that for this episode. This week is the first round of games. If we survive that – and we took a bunch of good competitors in drawing from the lottery – we make it to the next round. In that case you’ll hear me cry victory (if we don’t I’ll cry wolf).

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Laura speaks Dutch #50: Koninginnedag

People celebrating koninginnedag - Foto Marc van WoudenbergкомпютримебелиIn this episode we are celebrating Queens Day! We celebrate that on April 30th. You want to know why? Well listen! A very traditional episode. Read on for the lesson.

Laura speaks Dutch #49: My top place 7 through 5

In this episode we are visiting nice places to visit in the Netherlands again. We’re still working through my top-10 favorites. At the end you get a tip about the Museum Jaarkaart that might give you an interesting discount for visiting museums. You can acquire it at the larger museums (euro 17.50 for children and the rest pays 35 euro’s). Also we talk about Amsterdam existing 200 years. Didn’t you know? Well don’t worry Amsterdam forgot about it too. Maybe they will correct that later next week.

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