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Post Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 3:21 am

Hey everyone Smile

Whats happended over there, no one is posting much. Wana hear some

more crazy dutch details, im goign to be over there at the end of the year

for my one way ticket holiday, if ya know what i mean ^^ Heaps of

family an stuff over there to help me out an all but yeah looking forward

to it big time after seeing it in october 2005. Working my butt off in a mine

over here in Austrlia to pay for a good break and to set myself up there.

How does it all turn out when you finally move to the netherlands, because

it's the most excited and passionate ive been about something, well, ever.

Does it turn out as it seemed it would and the culture just grabs you or

does it quickly fade and you wonder what your doing with it all. I guess it

wuold depend on the person, but i'd like a little feedback on it. And

anyhow it'd get this currently lifeless forum runnin again. Smile Hope to

hear from some of yas. Plus what did you find was the best way to learn

Dutch.. :S



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Post Posted: Sun May 27, 2007 4:35 pm

It's impossible to generalise as everyone's expectations and experiences differ but certainly Dutch culture (of which I knew very little before arriving) is something which suits me well. That's not to say it's a perfect fit, there are still things which infuriate me, but overall I'm very happy with the move. To be more specific, I like the emphasis on mutual respect and the lack of aggression within Dutch culture (of course that's a generalisation and perfectly open to debate but I think it holds true for the most part).

As far as learning Dutch is concerned finding a teacher (whether in a group or one-to-one) is relatively easy but actually using Dutch, as a beginner, is much more difficult as most people can and will speak English to you if they know you're not a native. It's worth persevering with though.

With regard to this forum, I'm planning to improve both the relevant country guide and the level of interaction within the forum in the next few months. Hopefully you should notice a change for the better shortly.



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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 3:30 am

Yeah i noticed that you can easily get away with not speaking dutch over there, i can a little of course as my mum is dutch and i feel obligated to laern as fast as possible when i or before i go just to respect the culture. I noticed when i last visited that they are appreciativ when they see a visitor actually trying to speak to them in native tongue. Anyhow good luck with the site Rod.


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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 12:27 pm

i feel obligated to laern as fast as possible when i or before i go just to respect the culture

I think that's a good attitude and you're right, the locals will appreciate it. Good luck with the move and drop by if you have any further questions.




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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 2:59 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum......I agree, as Rob said, it depends on your attitude and how well you adjust. I don't know your circumstances and therefore, don't know if you will be bombarded with the immigration stuff required. If you have a dutch passport, I guess all of the immigration requirements won't apply to you. But if not, be prepared to find it not so friendly and helpful. If you are not a Dutch citizen, then please be prepared or you will quickly become disillusioned waiting for all the necessary paperwork required and approved.

As for the language, IF you are not a dutch citizen, you will be required to go through a language class after you have been granted a resident's permit. If you do not have to do this, then yes, there are lots of classes that you can get in to and learn the language. Depending on which part of the Netherlands you will be living, English is mostly understood and spoken, especially in and around Amsterdam. More north and south, it is not as easy to get by with English.

Good luck with your move and hope it all works out well for you.


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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2007 3:23 am

Yeah i have looked into that sort of thing, My mum is dutch and i have a large amount of extended family over there mostly in the noord. I have a dual-citizenship system type thing goin as she kept her dutch citizenship when she cam e to Australia (by not applying for aus. citizenship). Yeah so it should all be pretty sweet in the regard. argh.. all this talking bout it is making me so keen to do it sooner :S


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