30 Amusing Dutch Words

Dutch culture 😀

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Learning a new language can be hard, frustrating even… but it can also be fun. You just have to know where to look.

Luckily for me, you don’t have to look too far to find funny sounding words and phrases in Dutch. Here are some I’ve learnt so far…

1. Apetrots 

My first Dutch WTF moment was watching a film with subtitles when the screen flashed up “Ik ben apetrots op je” literally meaning “I am monkey proud on you.” (The correct translation in English is “I’m really proud of you”.) A brilliant Dutchism… and it’s now one of my favourite Dutch sayings 😀

2. Boterham

Boterham, courtesy of Laura Frame Illustration Boterham, courtesy of Laura Frame Illustration

Literally translated as “butter ham” – it actually means sandwich or a slice of bread.

3. Eekhoorntjesbrood

While we’re on the food theme… let’s go with the word for Porcini mushrooms, which literally translates as “little squirrels’…

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A bit of humor….

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Since I am learning French…. A bit of Zaz :3 (Full Album)

Pérdida y encuentro (Original poem by me! )

Silencios tallados sobre la piel.

Fui parte de sutiles despertares.

La cama fue testigo de oscuros secretos.

Veranos desolados esconden mi locura.

Sonrisas fabricadas en mis labios gastados.

Las sombras se cansaron de llenar ausencias.

Respuestas mecánicas a preguntas redundantes.

En cada amanecer se inventan finales rasgados.

Destinos separados por caminos opuestos.

Personajes ficticios viviendo en la ciudad.

Costumbres oxidadas nublaron mi cabeza.

Desconecté mi alma de la sociedad.

Y encontré mi destino calcado en tu atardecer.

Is it really suitable the lame question: “What do you do in life?” (Edited)

When I was taking my classes related to Sustainable Agriculture, I experienced an awkward moment in a break time: The Professor  walked through my direction and asked me “What do you do in life?”.

I have to admit that, this particular question is not well-received in my mind in these last months. Because I find kind of hard to explain it. Even if I take around three minutes of my life to create a proper answer.

The case is I said to him: “Well, I am chemical engineer”. He immediately opened his eyes like a scared dog (Maybe the scared one was me!). He was really surprised about the fact that a chemical engineer is studying Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Biology, but the only thing he could add to his futile look was: “Well, it’s your money not mine”.

In such awkward moments I like to remind myself those quotes that light up the reasons why I am doing what I am doing. In that particular moment, I thought about that quote of the author Zig Ziglar: “Don’t listen to people who tell you what to do. Listen to people who encourage you to do what you know in your heart is right.”

Most people try to understand other’s decisions just based in that question. I really think in life is more that “doing”. It is more about living it by creating our own path. But, unfortunately, education system has made us to believe if we want to be “successful” in life we have to live by doing the same things that other people do. Schools are killing the creative living and our desire of pursuing our real life.

That’s why I’ve decided in the near future that each time I am been asked about what I do in life I will just say “Living it… What else could I do?”; instead of trying to create rational explanations of why I’ve taken some decisions based on my personal goals.

I will do the same to others. I will stop asking such empty question that is just used to full lame conversations. From now on I will use “What are you creating now to pursue your own path?”. Perhaps with this one it will create an interesting debate about “the nonsense I am asking about” (It wouldn’t be the first time actually!).

To kill this writing, my main message is trying to think wisely before ask empty questions to full conversations if you’re not sure how to answer them yourself in first place.

We’re not here to make a living, or earn a place here in this place. We’re here to create and integrate it in our planet by pursuing our own path without being selfish!!

Andrea C.

I am in love with Spinetta’s music

I love Argentinean musicians. One of them is Luis Alberto Spinetta with this beatiful song “Tres Agujas”.

Hope you enjoy it!

P.S I am working in some writing. Hopefully I am going to share it with you soon.

That’s why I love writing

I found this precious writing. I had some ideas about playing with words in my writings but they did not work out that well. But after seeing this I feel more motivated to try it one more time

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How to write in your free time?

How to write in your free time? – Taken from expertenough.com

What is the real inspiration when it comes to writing?

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Muerto del Calor

A short story written by me about my perception of Bogotá in a sarcastic mode. It was an assignment for my creative writing class

"Bogotá a varias manos"

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-¡Qué calor tan hijueputa! Esto del calentamiento global nos tiene mal. Ya la nevera
se está es derritiendo. –  Se quejó Esposo.
Como nunca marcaban más de 36 grados en la ciudad de Bogotá, con sensación
térmica de 40, todo estaba mucho más rojo de lo normal. Hasta los carros, en medio
de trancones, parecían sudar. La nevera, como muchos que no son de la ciudad la
suelen llamar, decían que estaba descompuesta.
Pero eso no era excusa para Esposo y Esposa. Tenían que llegar a la funeraria; total,
ya estaban acostumbrados al calor agobiante, pero de todas formas, estar fuera de
Sabanagrande por varios años, hizo que sus pieles se transformaran en llagas para
aguantar el frío y que se olvidaran de lo que era sudar a cántaros.
̶ Sí, todos tenemos calor, pero tienes que alistarte rápido. – Dijo Esposa.
Esposo

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