Laura speaks Dutch #5: Getting a check and paying

After some lessons getting to the point where we can order and count, we now need to pay the bill and ask for it. After learning that we touch on the subject of giving a tip (or not). The Netherlands is quite different from for instance the United States.

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Laura speaks Dutch #4: Some more counting

In this lesson we take the counting a little bit further and go all the way to twenty. One thing you can see that after twelve we say the number as we learned it below ten and at tien (which means ten). In the explaination we talk about money. Not only our currency the euro, but also paying with credit cards.

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Can you believe it?

Can you believe it? You’re in love, make a podcast to learn your girlfriend a little bit of Dutch. While doing that you get feedback, tips and now I’ve hit the Dutch Podcasting TOP-40 at place 34. This is possible because some people listen to the podcast through this page and rate it. The higher rating and the more listeners in a certain period will help you grow. Incredible for this podcast and I find it so funny! Thanks people!

Laura speaks Dutch #3: Ordering drinks, counting

In this episode we look at the airport. When we arrive a drink is welcome, so let’s learn how to order that. We request beers, wine or coffee to get the party going. Since you cannot survive on one drink we need to count as well. We finish off on some background information about Schiphol Airport. As of now all words you learn are also in the blog.
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Laura speaks Dutch #2: where are you from?

Thanks for all the postive responses on the first episode. In the second show we take the conversation a little bit further. After greeting you want to know where somebody is from and of course talk about the weather. That last thing is something the Dutch love to do and at the end of the program I explain why.

Laura speaks Dutch #1: greetings and capitals

In this first episode we focus on the very principles of a conversation: greeting. Saying good morning, good afternoon or good evening makes the difference. We learn how we can get a conversation started. After that we look at the funny system in the Netherlands with two capitals: Amsterdam and The Hague. A good start on your exploration of the Netherlands.Building for joint sessions of parliament

Learn Dutch using podcasting

This podcast has been created to help you speak Dutch. Using irregular episodes you’ll learn how to speak the language, some information on the Netherlands and some useful tips. I onced aimed at presenting five minute episodes that are easy to follow, informative and fun! Now the podcasts are of irregular length, but generally somewhere around ten minutes. I don’t claim to bring you a perfect Dutch course, but just a fun way to pick up some sayings and learn about out beautiful nation at the same time.

Why is this podcast called Laura speaks Dutch? Well in 2006 I met Laura Davis in San Diego. We fell in love and I wanted her to know what type of work I do and what a podcast is. It helped with the endless long distance between us (more than 6,000 miles is not really easy to overcome). Since the Internet is an open medium quite rapidly other people joined the party and the podcast started to really live. Meanwhile a large group of people are enjoying the lessons and that’s a good thing.

Unfortunately the distance killed the relationship in the end, but both Laura and I feel the podcast is a fun and good thing. We are still good friends and as you can’t erase the beautiful memory of the times we had together in the US and the Netherlands, the podcast is still some testimonial to that. So after a short interruption I continued the episodes and they are now available nearly every week. I will make them as long as it is fun to do so and that is clearly the case at the moment.

The concept is simple: After a short introduction I take a subject and teach sentences that match the subject. I repeat each sentence three times in order to help you repeat that better. After that I repeat the whole lesson so you hear the story in a coherent setting. Recently I started to end the show with a question about a certain subject, where an expert explains the answer or sometimes I myself give the answer. This will help you understand the Netherlands and the Dutch somewhat better. I don’t make up the question, but the listeners do by replying to a story or sending me e-mail.

Enjoy the podcasts and feel free to respond by e-mail or as a comment under an episode.