DynaEmu wrote:My friend from the netherlands said that english is spoken very frequently there.
LCommi wrote:I think I'm actually the first Dutch to respond on this threat. So just too clear it all up.
When you are addressing a Dutch in English or when he has just the slightest idea you're a tourist that doesn't speak Dutch, about 90% of the population will try to respond in English. We're actually not all as good as we think in English. Our secret is we can very convincinly speak a foreign languages like we do know it.
What you should also realise is that when a French or certainly a German addresses any Dutch, certainly the older people that had much better education in foreign languages, He/she is likely to get a response in his/her own language as well.
Then about the dialects, I think for such a small area , the Netherlands have a huge amount of completely different dialects. Which are sometimes completely inunderstandable for people living only 10 Km apart. foreigners will probably never hear this dialects, because the majoruty speaks normal Dutch (ABN) as well.
Your_Coach_Tyler wrote:2. English is thé most spoken language in the world, so YES! we speak english too! and we even use english words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LCommi wrote: Our secret is we can very convincinly speak a foreign languages like we do know it.
Blake wrote:LCommi wrote: Our secret is we can very convincinly speak a foreign languages like we do know it.
Ever seen Dutch in France trying to buy something using something they think resembles French, but is in fact something incomprehensible. Well, it's always us Belgians to the rescue then... translating for them.
(happens at least 5 times every time I'm travelling in France)
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