But will anything change?
I remember a so-called friend refusing to speak Dutch with me…”but it’s much easier for me to speak English with you, it takes too much time to have a conversation if you want to speak Dutch”. Thanks for the vote of confidence. That friendship didn’t last.
I’ve lived in the Netherlands for over 10 years and in that time I’ve lost count of the amount of Dutch people who have commented on internationals living here who don’t speak the language. Yes, there are many who don’t bother learning it for one reason or another, but there are many who do try to learn, and guess why a lot of them give up???? Yes, you’ve got it! Because it’s kinda hard to practice a language when the locals refuse to speak it with you.
If I may give a wee little bit of advice…..
For anyone wanting to learn Dutch– go for it, it’s not that difficult, keep practicing, be stubborn, and if the person keeps on in English try asking them why they don’t want you to learn their language.
For the Dutch folk – yes you do mean well when you switch to English, no-one is arguing with that, but if someone makes an effort to speak Dutch with you please make an effort to reply in Dutch.
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