Old Saws of the Dutchies

Idioms are stereotyped phrases. When idioms are translated into their dictionary meaning, the words have different meaning than the old saw (the saying and its wisdom). Even if we use idioms in daily life without even thinking about them, these can have funny meanings and stories in them. Learning idioms in a new country can... Continue Reading →

How to pronounce the Dutch ‘g’ sound?

Gouda? Gezellig? What is this strange sound that the Dutch use for their letter “g”? I have been intrigued by this for a while now, so I went to talk with Fonetics and Fonology professor Hugo Quéne to figure that out! “So, first of all, us foneticians, when we talk about sound, we don’t use... Continue Reading →

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