It looks like the Holland America’s Line’s new ship the Eurodam which I wrote about yesterday is to be named tomorrow and it has its own news website and a pretty brochure site too. The picture from yesterday’s article is below. For once Dutch Class has the jump on Wikipedia as they don’t have a photo yet.
It was also featured on the main Dutch evening news today.
Just for balance we’ll include a picture of an appropriately named slightly smaller ship moored not far away. In its own way it looks just as nice.
Er zijn hoofdtelwoorden en rangtelwoorden en andere soortnummers. Hoofdtelwoorden duiden hoeveelheid aan, rangtelwoorden duiden volgorde aan.
Wanneer wij over sport spreken is het nuttig de woorden voor rangtelwoorden te weten.
Mensen die zich interesseren in paarden draverijen willen weten welk paard het eerste is, welke paard tweede en welk paard derde is. Mensen die het tennis aan Wimbledon kijken willen weten welke tennisspeler gewonnen heeft en welke spelers tweede, derde en vierde waren. Er zijn zelfs meer plaatsen in een voetbalbond.
the ordinal number
the ordinal numbers
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Parking space in the centre of Rotterdam is a bit limited, as with most major cities. When I visited there today I shot the below picture of some rare off road parking space.
The ship in the background is the Eurodam, a ship of the Holland America line. It is actually hard to do justice to the sheer size of it in either words or pictures but have a look at the one below. The two skyscrapers to either side are not exactly small…
Het is nuttig om de Nederlandse woorden voor kleuren te kennen. Er zijn veel kleuren en veel woorden voor kleuren en tinten van kleuren. Veelvoorkomende voorbeelden worden in de woordenlijst omvat.
De kleuren van de regenboog zijn rood, oranje, geel, groen, blauw, indigo en violet. Andere kleuren zijn beige, bruin, grijs, goud, lila, purper, roos, turkooize, wit, zilver en zwart. Vorige week zag ik vele kleuren van bloemen in het midden van de tuin.
Hier zijn een aantal voorbeelden van zinnen over de kleuren in het plaatje:
- Kleur nummer een is groen.
De eerste kleur is groen.
Het gras in mijn tuin is groen.
- Kleur nummer twee is geel.
De tweede kleur is geel.
De eenden in het park zijn geel.
- Kleur nummer drie is blauw.
De derde kleur is blauw.
De hemel is blauw vandaag.
- Kleur nummer vier is oranje.
De vierde kleur is oranje.
De kleur oranje is populair in Nederland.
- Kleur nummer vijf is grijs.
De vijfde kleur is grijs.
Engelse mannen dragen grijze pakken op kantoor.
- Kleur nummer zes is paars.
De zesde kleur is paars.
Gisteren zag ik een paarse vlinder.
- Kleurnummer zeven is rood.
De zevende kleur is rood.
Het Liverpool Voetbalteam draagt rode hemden en korte broeken.
- Kleur nummer acht is bruin.
De achtste kleur is bruin.
De modder op het fietspad is bruin.
- Kleur nummer negen is zwart.
De negende kleur is zwart.
Sommige zwarte katten hebben groene ogen.
- Kleur nummer tien is roze.
De tiende kleur is roze.
Ik heb roze rozen in mijn tuin.
Mijn favoriete kleur is lila. Van welke kleur houdt u ?
Shades of Colours
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The NRC newspaper today reports that bloggers are increasingly being imprisoned by authoritarian regimes that do not appreciate their comments.
The article in NRC is worth reading as it mentions a number of interesting facts and arguments. One of the minor ones being that Technorati counted 70 million blogs in April of 2007. Dutch Class suddenly feels very small! We do however consider ourselves lucky in that we are probably not going to be imprisoned.
All you Dutch practicers may want to have a peek at the website for a Dutch secondary school. The school we picked is the one that one of our friends went to: the “Aloysius College” in Den Haag (The Hague). Have a look at the fairly comprehensive website.
For some hard core Dutch practice have a go at reading the school rules. Our friend says that there is a fair chance that the pupils do actually follow these especially as these rules apparently don’t exclude nipping out to the chip shop opposite the school for lunch!
Note golden rule #5 in the list of rules:
“Op school spreken we alleen Nederlands. We vinden het belangrijk dat iedereen elkaar begrijpt, maar dan moeten we elkaar wel kunnen verstaan! Als je het leuk vindt, mag je wel de talen spreken die in de lessen worden geleerd.”
The second sentence is a relatively rare example of a Dutch pun based on the fact that in Dutch the verb for to understand (as in to comprehend facts, ideas and concepts) is begrijpen while the verb verstaan means means to understand in the sense of being able to hear and interpret what the speaker was saying.
After the Dutch Practice article on buying fruit and vegetables a few people asked “is een tomaat een bes?” Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
The answer is that technically a tomato is a berry and therefore a fruit. We looked it up just to make sure.
So yes, “een tomaat is een bes”.
We learn all kinds of things in Dutch Class.
As Dutch students in Oxford we often eat Italian. We do this because we don’t know of any Dutch restaurants in Oxford and also because we just love Italian food. There are a number of Italian retaurants in close to the centre of Oxford. The one we’d like to talk about in this article is Carluccio’s restaurant at Oxford Castle.
There are many cynically bad restaurants in Oxford, presumably trading to the tourist trade – people who are supposed to only dine once and never return. Carluccio’s Caffe Restaurant is not one of these.
Carluccio’s aims to be traditionally Italian. The blue in the facade suggests it and a peek at the menu soon confirms it. Many of the traditional Italian favourites are on the menu and most of the ones we have had were more than good enough to be Dutch Class approved.
Fortunately Carluccio’s does not take tradition so far that they’ve gone for the traditional Anglo Italian Restaurant cramped interior with sponge washed walls, checked table cloths and old wine bottles with candles in them. Instead the interior of Carluccio’s is modern, airy, light and pleasant.
Prices are pretty much in line with the Dutch Class Oxford rule of casual dining: a three course meal with a glass of wine or beer and an espresso to close costs just under £20 a head. The quality of the dining experience is better than most in Oxford though so we are happy to call this good value for money and we will eat there again soon.
To be honest we sometimes spend a little more because Carluccio’s also sells various Italian delicatessen to take home, temptingly arrayed to be seen on the way out. We like these too.
Holland kicked off their Euro 2008 by defeating Italy 3-0 in Bern last night (Telegraaf, NRC newspapers). Despite a controversial first goal it looked like a deserved win all the more so because the Italians didn’t look bad either.
The legion of Dutch supporters were as always prominently visible in the stadium with their orange coloured shirts, hats, wigs, drums and the like. They will have to be careful though as there has been an official warning from the Dutch Health Ministry that the wigs could constitute a fire hazard. Apparently about 30% of the orange wigs and boas in circulation could easily catch fire when near a cigarette or lighter.
While British Football supporters are without an obvious team to support for Euro 2008 (the European football championship held in in Switzerland and Austria during June 2008), there is no such split loyalty in The Netherlands.
The Dutch national football team are playing in Euro 2008 and thousands of supporters are expected to follow their team to their games. Although over-land travel to the venues is possible from The Netherlands, news reports say the Dutch Football Association’s official transport company, OAD has chartered 100 flights to fly Dutch fans to the European football championship matches.
There are plans for OAD to transport 15,000 football fans a day for the first three matches. These are: Netherlands vs Italy on 9th June, Netherlands vs France on 13th June, and Netherlands vs Romania on 17th June. All three matches take place in the Swiss city of Berne.
Most flights will leave the Netherlands on the morning of the game and return to Schiphol and Rotterdam Airport after the match. “Orange Parties” will be held for Dutch supporters ahead of the matches.