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    01-11-2012, 07:36 PM
Can anyone speak dutch?

This will seem abit random but does anyone on here speak dutch? Me and my boyfriend have booked our flights and are heading out in a months time to see if wed like to move there full time for a yr or 2 and would really need to beable to speak a we bit of the language for going in feb, can anyone help? Even a few basic phrases to get me started..
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    01-11-2012, 07:43 PM
Most Dutch people speak better English than most Americans. I have been there several times. IT is one of our very favorite places to visit, and there has never been an issue No is no, Yah is Yes, I am trying to remember which cheek you start the traditional greeting kisses on-I think left, and they do it 3 times. Left, right, left, as I recall.......You will get the hang of it really quickly.

My best advise tho-if you ever do NY eve in Amsterdam-it is well worth the $$ to be IN a bar, not in a square. Last year we were at Dam Square-inside looking out. PErfect.
    01-11-2012, 07:58 PM
Aw iv been told that english is widley spoken but I always think its best to be prepared, because we were in france during the summer, we were staying with a friend and her parents, they could speak fluent english, but they chose not to so we had to geta crash course in french that night lol we were thinking of amsterdam but want to see as much as we can, have you ever been to the hague or haarlem? Both look lovely
    01-11-2012, 08:18 PM
Most of our time is spent (on our family visits) in Amsterdam. LOVE IT! My kids all 20 somethings LOVE it there. Generally safe and very easy to navigate around. I would also recommend you see the country, as it is also lovely, and totally different than the cities......then there is Markham, Vollendam and some lovely little villages we also totally enjoy. We find the people delightful. MUCH different than France. I did not like PAris at all. I thought the people were rude. However-Provance-breathtaking, but you DO need to speak some french or be able to fake it really well. We usually travel to visit a friend who has a villa there, so he takes us around and does the French speaking for us-only issue is-we have to eat what he orders. Lol
You will find that Amsterdam has a wonderful ethnic mix and fabulous food of all types to go with it. ALso familiarize yourself with the laws-smoke ONLY in the Coffee shops. You will smell it on the street, as well as be offered if (they are not pushy), but ONLY the shops. Be safe.
    01-11-2012, 08:29 PM
Aw we'll definley be getting out and about, am from the countryside myself, couldnt stick been in a big city all the time. Il have to look up them towns you mentioned, we are going for a wk, going to try and go somewhere different each day, cause like I say we are heading over to see if wed like to move there. Whats the weather like in the summer months? If its above 20dregees thatd be class lol anything above that in ireland would be like being in the tropics haha
    01-11-2012, 08:49 PM
Honestly-I have only been there in winter. I believe it is pleasant., warmer than the UK. I have a sister there, and it can be pretty miserable.

Utrecht is also great-and a younger, university type population.

A week is not much to decide if you want to move there permanently......but it IS a great place! Highly recommend it!

In fact-when I see my hubby next week we are booking a river cruise for next year-Amsterdam to Budapest.

My hubby is MUCH more familiar with Holland than I, as he was going there are least 4 times a year for about the past 15 years for business......his partner is Dutch, as are many business connections.
    01-12-2012, 01:59 PM
Aw Id love to go for longer but my boyfriend can't get the time of wk, we are planning to go for for another wk or 2in the summer if we like it, get an idea of jobs and somewhere to live... that crusie sounds amazing! Thanks for the tips, we'll research them places you mentioned.. all the best

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