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Title : American REACTS to Dutch Lifestyle | The Netherlands Is Amazing
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To be fair Dutch is pretty difficult to learn and when he said that I spent two years on learning to speak Dutch. Well that’s why we dutchie’s We spent eight years in elementary school.And the Dutch culture is very down to earth and honest because that’s how people always does and that’s what we know like when you’re a kid you could talk like that and you act like that that’s how it is and there’s no other way to put it.
Enjoyed this. My daughter lives in Hilversum near Amsterdam. I LOVE it there. They do almost everything better than in the US IMO. Beautiful! So many people in such a small space yet wide open fields and I believe the second in the world in exports. So many progressive yet earth-friendly ideas like their recycling, for instance.
I have an anecdote about our hospitality. (I'm Dutch) I work in a restaurant. One afternoon business was REALLY slow, until an American woman came in. While ordering she mentioned how she was looking for a place to stay, since the apartment she was supposed to start renting fell through. Since we didn't have much to do, me and a colleague proceeded to spend the next 30 minutes helping her find options for lodging as soon as possible. And my colleague went out for a smoke with get afterwards to have a bit of talk to help her calm down from a pretty stressful situation.
We Dutch might not be quick to make friends or strike a conversation with a stranger. But if we're asked, a lot of us are glad to be of help. And if we have the time, we often try to help as well.
Our waitresses and waiters are paid a livable wage, they don't depend on tips. If you do decide to tip them, because of excelent service, acceptable is to round the amound (like 21.30 will be 22 to 25 or so) or give a couple of euros. Most of the time this end up in a tip jar and personel has a team outing from this money or is split up evenly as a bonus.
One thing that is really hard on the Dutch language is that you write of speak it with feeling. For example is it Fink or is it Vink. Same goes is it De huis, or is it het huis. Its something you cannot learn because there is no logic. You have too feel it if it is right or wrong.
The Netherlands are "small" ... yeah but did you know Belgium & Luxembourg were originally officially PART of The Netherlands but after the war with France (invasion) it changed! ... Do you know that Manhattan was originally owned by The Dutch and called "New Amsterdam" (look it up!) ... The Dutch Fleet was 3 times bigger than the British that explains why the "Colonization Effect" worldwide is easy to see: Most of Australia met The Dutch before the British ... Indonesia (and part of India) was part of The Dutch Kingdom ... Suriname was part of The Dutch Kingdom ... The US Constitution is mostly based upon the Dutch Constitution ... Parts of Canada had many Dutch Settlers (influences) ... South Africa was part of The Dutch Kingdom and I can go on and on and on ... Like did you know that Japanese for a long time ONLY wanted to trade with the Dutch VOC (mostly Protestants) because they would not interfere in their culture like the Catholics want to do! ... The First Multinational Bank System Ever was created by the Dutch! ... So much that people do not realize!
when I studied in the states as a dutchie I had a lot of trouble to speak English without an accent because I needed to change the cavity of my mouth to change the sound. And every time I went home every 6 months people thought I was English because I spoke dutch with an English accent just because I did not want to change the cavity because I would be back in the states within a couple of weeks. Now I am unable to change it within a small span of time. Plus my English got really bad since I am living here again.