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Expat Dutch Language Conservation groups

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Expat Dutch Language Conservation groups

Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:35 pm

Hi everyone, I'm a 25yr old British guy who has quit his job and just moved to Amsterdam. I'm doing an intensive dutch course now but my problem is I don't practise it outside class because I have a slight feeling I have a strong English accent as well as saying everything in the wrong order, so everything comes back at me in English. It's very sad, but at least I'm getting better each day!

Does anyone know of any groups of foreigners that meet up to practise their dutch in or around Amsterdam?

 

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:03 pm

If you will check on www.expatica.nl, I think you will find some groups that get together in Amsterdam. Good luck...Martha

 

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:46 pm

Thanks for the link. Alas there are none, although there are plenty of expats groups wanting to speak their own language. I will have to continue terrorising McDonalds employees with trying to practise my dutch. Fortunately there's a lot in Amsterdam so, if I rotate their use, they won't recognise me!

 

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:13 pm

Just a thought - how about starting your own group? I would love to participate, and am planning to arrive in Amsterdam on or around August 17th. If you haven't started the group by the time I arrive, I'll do it. There's a great website called meetup.com where you post your interest and the date, time and place of the "meeting" - generally a public spot like a bar, restaurant or any other appropriate venue.

Maybe we can even recruit a few natives to correct our grammatical mistakes and pronunciation! Perhaps would be transplants to the states?

 

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:06 pm

Yeah I was part of a Dutch meetup group when I was working New York a year or so ago, and it worked ok there although there were only 3-4 people who turned up. But that's a good idea. Unfortunately as I'm looking to move apartment at the moment I probably won't have time to start one up by the time you get here (and ok I'll admit I'm a bit lazy). So if you get one started let me know and I'm there!

 

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:02 pm

Actually you know what? My laziness shocks me sometimes. I'll start up a meetup group in Amsterdam and probably shoot for late august as a first meeting. I'm meeting some people for a beer from the language class I was in when I first arrived here so hopefully they would be up for it too. Although if I end up on my own sipping Heineken for a night on a terrace I'll revert back to being lazy in protest!

 

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