Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Liedje van de dag: Blankenberge

This might be a perfect song to practice the Flemish pronunciation of words. Hugo Matthysen is a Flemish columnist with a very recognisable sence of humour. Again, this song is in "clean" Dutch, but the parlando might be extra helpful. In this song, Blankenberge, he pronounces every sentence syllable per syllable. Maybe a bit fast for the beginner, but those who have reached a somewhat intermediate understanding of Dutch can use the lyrics as a good pronunciation exercise.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wablieft? Duidelijke taal!

logo of Wablieft
For those who are learning Dutch, it would be interesting to note that there is a Belgian newspaper, Wablieft, which writes its articles in "easy to understand Dutch": Duidelijke Taal. For more than twenty five years now, they publish a paper version on every Wednesday, and since 2009 they publisch an electronic version as well.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Toekomstige tijd

taken from Nederlands in Uitvoering
Yesterday, Mandy told me: "I have no idea how to write [in the past tense], or the future tense, so I mostly just stick with the present for now".

The past tense in Dutch needs some more explanation, but the future tense is failry easy:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Liedje van de dag: Arme Joe

Another artists who sings in Flemish is the sixty years old Will Tura and he has been bringing out singles since 1957. Every Fleming, young and old, knows his songs and in 2001 he has been knighted by the Belgian king. His voice is very recognizable and he has always made an effort to sing in "clean" Dutch, although he has made some songs in the West-Flemish dialect as well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

'ei' or 'ij'

an egg or an ice cream?
Another confusing beauty in the Dutch language: do I write 'ei' or 'ij'?

Both sound exactly the same, but it is extremely important to use the correct written form in order to avoid confusion. There are no 'rules' or 'mnemonics' for it, you will just have to study it, word for word. Undust does dictionaries and unfold those bookworm-glasses!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Liedje van de dag: Wim

It is probably too soon to post a song with my own name as the title, but I do enjoy this one and want to share it.
Johan Verminnen is a Flemish singer-songwriter. In his song "Wim" he is looking at a picture from his old study friends and wonders wat gebeurde er met Wim.

Again, this is a song with a slight Flemish pronunciation, but it is still "clean" Dutch. Interesting is that most of the text is written in the past tense:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"kunnen" vs "mogen"

Illustration taken from Nandita

Three days ago, Mandy asked: "about the difference between 'kun' and 'kan', and when you use those or when you use 'mag'".

Which is a great question!