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Gabrielle van Welie

English Speakers: You Already Know these 30 Dutch Words

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Even though I’ve been trying to study Dutch for years (for heritage’s sake), I have to agree that sometimes it does seem rather alien. At first, I thought learning my grandfather’s language wouldn’t be hard. For one, I was convinced my tongue and vocal chords were genetically predisposed to making weird guttural sounds. (For this, you’d(…)


12 Untranslatable Words You Can Use on the Daily

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Have you ever just wanted to punch someone in the face? Like something about them just brings out all of your repressed anger? It’s probably because of their backpfeifengesicht, a German word for “a face asking to be punched”. The term is a combination of backpfeife (punch/slap) and gesicht (face) and is absolutely untranslatable. I(…)