Laura speaks Dutch 33: The province of Zeeland

We’re back on track with the Netherlands tour and this time we go further South to the beautiful province of Zeeland. Close to Belgium thThe weapon of Zeeland (thanks to Wikipedia)e scenery has no hills. Still the sight is pretty beautiful in its own way. Not just because of the coast, but also thanks to the farms and the lack of big cities. The scenery itself, the friendly people and their fish-meals (although meat is available as well). The pace in Zeeland is just different than in Amsterdam. But hey that’s perfect on a holiday. Whenever you have time you should see the Deltawerken that helps protect against the tide of the sea. It’s impressive, innovative and something Dutch should be proud of.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn this time:

  • This lesson is aimed again at the Dutch provinces | Deze les is weer gericht op de Nederlandse provincies
  • We travell further south, but stay at the west coast | We reizen verder naar het zuiden, maar we blijven aan de westkust hangen
  • This week we have a look at the Zeeland province where 380,000 people live | Dit keer kijken we naar de provincie Zeeland waar 380.000 mensen wonen
  • Besides the mainland there are six peninsulas | Naast het vaste land zijn er in totaal zes schiereilanden
  • The capital is Middelburg | De hoofdstad is Middelburg
  • Before the Romans came to live there, there were already people living there | Al voordat de Romeinen daar kwamen wonen, woonden er al mensen
  • The province is the best known for their battle against the water | Het bekendst is de provincie vanwege de strijd tegen het water.
  • This has been fought since the middle ages | Deze wordt al sinds de Middeleeuwen gevoerd
  • The map of the Netherlands with Zeeland highlighted (source: Wikipedia)Prominent was the floading of 1953 | Prominent daarbij was de overstroming van 1953.
  • This happened in the night from January 31st on February 1st | Dit gebeurde in de nacht van 31 januari op 1 februari
  • 1836 people died and a staggering 72,000 had to be evacuated | 1836 mensen kwamen om het leven en maarliefst 72.000 moesten worden geevacueerd
  • To prevent a repeat of such an incident the famous Deltawerken were created in 1960 | In 1960 werden, om herhaling te voorkomen, de beroemde Deltawerken gemaakt
  • Nowadays Zeeland is popular as a holiday destination | Vandaag de dag is Zeeland populair als vakantiebestemming
  • On average there are more days with sun than other provinces | Gemiddeld zijn er meer dagen met zon dan in andere provincies
  • Also the beach isn’t lacking | Ook aan strand is geen gebrek
  • I come in Zeeland every month, since my 93 year old aunt lives there | Zelf kom ik er iedere maand in Zeeland, omdat mijn 93-jarige tante daar woont
  • She lives in a village called Oostburg | Ze woont in het dorp Oostburg
  • I bring her groceries | Ik breng haar dan boodschappen
  • That is a ride of 550 kilometers back and forth | Dat is een rit van 550 kilometer op en neer
  • I always cross the Westerscheldetunnel that is newly build and replaces a slow ferry | I ga dan altijd door de nieuwe Westerscheldetunnel die een langzame boot vervangt.

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