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Dark Annie:

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I'm an American, but I lived in Delft, Netherlands for 5 years. I moved back to the US in 2010, but def got a fair dose of Dutch culture and society, although through an American viewpoint. It's a bit of a massive thing to tackle in a general sense (I bet it'd be hard to respond if someone said "Tell me about being Australian"?) but if you have specific questions, I'd be happy to give you my take on things.

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I guess... well in Australia, we have what's called the citizenship test, which tests basic concepts of Australian-ism or something. I guess I'm looking for the Dutch version. Although in Australia, you test your citizenship by eating Vegemite, but if the equivalent in the Netherlands is being able to consume rollmops, then I'm taking myself out of the running!!  :-X

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I agree with the rolmops remark, in so far that the Hollansche nieuwe is the way to eat herring.

It is not clear from your posts whether you speak Dutch or not,. If you do, then here is the link to some citizen ship practice tests:http://www.inburgering.org/inburgeraar/examen/oefenen_met_examens/oefenen_met_examens.asp Allthough I have to say that I do not agree with everything they say.

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No, I don't speak Dutch. Dad used to sing Slaap Kindje Slaap to me as a kidling, and I can understand the words in that, but by the time I was born (1986) he hadn't spoken Dutch in years. He could still understand it, but couldn't speak it.



tjika:
Dutchy here, though I lived abroad for the first 16 years of my life. The dutch citizen test mentioned is one I would need to study for. I failed horribly on the practice version. Thank fully I don't have to take the test :)
As with each culture, cultural practices vary widely by area (even though the country is rather small).

One essential of being dutch is being able to ride a bicycle with lots of bags attached all over it :) Its preferable to add some kids some where too.

Shores:

--- Quote from: tjika on November 05, 2011, 06:47:12 AM ---Dutchy here, though I lived abroad for the first 16 years of my life. The dutch citizen test mentioned is one I would need to study for. I failed horribly on the practice version. Thank fully I don't have to take the test :)
As with each culture, cultural practices vary widely by area (even though the country is rather small).

One essential of being dutch is being able to ride a bicycle with lots of bags attached all over it :) Its preferable to add some kids some where too.

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Kids, schmids! I once watched these two guys bike through town, keeping perfect pace together, balancing a freaking SOFA between them! And on top of that couch? A crate of beer. It was...... awe-inspiring.

Steve:
And you need to eat cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

Catananche:

--- Quote from: Shores on November 05, 2011, 09:59:23 AM ---
--- Quote from: tjika on November 05, 2011, 06:47:12 AM ---Dutchy here, though I lived abroad for the first 16 years of my life. The dutch citizen test mentioned is one I would need to study for. I failed horribly on the practice version. Thank fully I don't have to take the test :)
As with each culture, cultural practices vary widely by area (even though the country is rather small).

One essential of being dutch is being able to ride a bicycle with lots of bags attached all over it :) Its preferable to add some kids some where too.

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Kids, schmids! I once watched these two guys bike through town, keeping perfect pace together, balancing a freaking SOFA between them! And on top of that couch? A crate of beer. It was...... awe-inspiring.

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The first few meters are the hard bit, once you are moving, it's easy!

Two kids (one in front, one on the back), a stroller and my weekly groceries is the most I've managed in one go.

For the OP: what part of The Netherlands did your father come from? I think I'd start to read up on where your roots are first. Maybe find an English written newspaper with Dutch news to learn about the current things.
I'm also wondering about Dutch communities in Australia, there must be some since so many Dutch moved to Australia in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Maybe you could contact them for idea's?

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