February 21 was International Mother Language Day. On this day, declared by UNESCO, we celebrate…
On April 27th we celebrate Koningsdag (King’s Day), the day the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their king. It is celebrated everywhere, with many parties, live music, flea markets and games for children. This is the perfect opportunity to mingle with the Dutch, celebrate it together and brush up your Dutch!
Instead of staying at home, you can also go outside with the kids and visit (or participate in) one of the vrijmarkten. Remember that a vrijmarkt is not a “free market”, it is a flea market where anyone can sell their merchandise. The kids will probably also like the traditionele Hollandse kinderspelen most towns organize, like zaklopen and koekhappen. Afterwards you can propose to your Dutch friends: “Zullen we een terrasje pakken?” or “Zullen we een biertje drinken?” and at some point you might want to ask “Zijn er nog bitterballen?” At the end of the day, you will have learned a lot more Dutch phrases and possibly have learned to sing Oranje boven!
As you can see, on a day like this it is not only very useful, but especially a lot of fun to be able to speak a little bit of Dutch. De Taaldienst can help you with this: check out our Dutch courses on our website or follow us on LinkedIn! This way you are sure you will have the words you need on Koningsdag for at least next year!