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CultureShock! Netherlands by Hunt Janin

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‘Adept traders though they be, the Dutch have found it hard to export their language. Its guttural ‘g’ has potential clients muttering about diseases of the throat, and foreign lips and tongues give out entirely when trying to wrap themselves around ‘ui’ ... Historically, Dutch is related to German...[but] it is a softer, comfier, muddier tongue that seems to have grown up out of the bogs and polders...’—Rodney Bolt, A Xenophobe’s Guide to the Dutch, 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

MORE THAN 21 MILLION DUTCH and Flemish (Belgian) people speak Dutch, a Germanic ...

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