May 11, 2012
When I was very young, I was trying to locate a hobby store on my own. I was having no luck, so I went up to a flower seller and asked where "Niewebinnenweg Straat" was. He looked puzzled by my question, so I tried again. With a smile he asked "Would it be easier to ask me in English"? His English was perfect and it was embarassing to learn how silly my question sounded. Still, it was pretty impressive that someone not anywhere near a tourism area could be fluent in my language. I was determined from that point on to improve my Dutch. I'm also learning that some of the terms I picked up from my grandparents are not to be used casually these days. I'll keep those to myself for now!
Groetjes, My name is Clark and my mother was born in Rotterdam. I've been back to NL each year since I was born, and these days, I visit friends and my Uncle, who lives in Baarn. I speak a bit of Dutch but want to improve that!