Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Passing Dutch:

I woke up this morning and was the happiest I have been in quite some time. You see, my end-of-2012 was a whirl-wind of a half-completed marathon, hurricanes canceling flights, multiple trans-Atlantic flights, many frozen nights in Berlin, and after all that–a very large and looming exam on all the Dutch knowledge that I've been acquiring, practicing and studying more or less since I first arrived.

Today, I am happy to say, that the Netherlands' government officially considers me a Dutch language speaker (and writer, listener, and reader!). I have passed my 'Nederlands als Tweede Taal/Dutch as a Second Language' exam, administered by the Dutch government. No more seemingly endless Dutch lessons, ever again.

Ik ben een echte Amsterdammer.
I am officially a real Amsterdammer.

Starting to grasp the basics and diphthongs of Dutch?
Browsing through Wikitravel Phrasebook Dutch is very helpful.

Looking to learn Dutch as viewed from an English perspective?
Purchase this PDF and unravel that tricky Dutch grammar. Or just read it online.
To its creator–Bieneke Berendsen–I am very grateful. Thank you!

And now, Dutch self-study (and thus improvement) continues!
Hello, the Netherlands! I belong within your borders, officially!