Category Archives: Traditional

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 #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 #40: Sinterklaasje kom maar binnen met je knecht!

Zwarte Piet on a Harley DavidsonOne of the big things of the Sinterklaasfeest is singing the songs. In the previous episode I featured a song especially sung for the podcast. Now it is time to take it to the next level and learn you the text. Besides that I want to teach you a couple of words to help you party a little bit better. So another Sinterklaas epidsode.
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Laura speaks Dutch #39: Sinterklaas arrived!

SinterklaasSomething really traditional happened today: Like every year Sinterklaas (see picture) arrived in our country. Typically that is very celebrational with music, singing songs and of course many, many children. He will stay for three weeks and celebrate his birthday as he has done for centuries. That means the good times for children are beginning, because they get gifts. First by placing a shoe near the chimney and singing songs at night, secondly on the evening before (December 5th) presents will suddenly arrive and the Good Holy Man might throw in a poem. Time to learn more about this event. Read on to see what you will learn.

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