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OT: If you ain't Dutch ...

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 28, 2003, 15:27
At 2:12 PM +0000 1/28/03, Jan van Steenbergen wrote:
> --- Dirk Elzinga skrzypszy: > >> >> And what happens when Jan and Boudewijn and Christophe and any others >> >> start posting in Dutch and we can't ask them not to? >> > >> >Hey, as a two-quarters Dutch person, you are always welcome to join us! >> >And don't forget Irina, Rob, Vaksje, Maarten... >> >> *ahem* What about me? I came to my name honestly (of course it's not Dutch, >> it's Frisian; I'm only Dutch on my mother's side). > >Yes Dirk, you are right indeed. My humblest apologies... ;)
No need. I was being tongue-in-cheek.
>By the way, in Sally's survey you wrote that your mothertongue is English. How >does that work? Were you born in the US?
I was. But my parents spoke Dutch exclusively at home until I was about 3 or 4, and continued to speak Dutch to each other until I was well into high school. I think I stopped using Dutch when I realized as a pre-schooler that none of my friends could understand me. I retained a passive knowledge of the language until I went to Tilburg for a year of study at the KUB as a college junior. That was 13 years ago and I'm back to passive mode, though I'm sure that I could bring it back after a couple of weeks of immersion. My next challenge is to actually learn Frisian. I can read a good deal of it because of its similarities to both Dutch and English, but I'm almost completely at a loss when I hear it. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson