Learning Dutch by Listening to Music: My Spotify Playlist

Generalizations are dangerous, like the following:

Women are stubborn. Men are selfish. Dutch music is terrible.
     Are you surprised? Probably. I told you. To generalize is a dangerous thing. A weapon out of control. Still, yes. I do want to stop and talk about the last one. Music. Dutch music. It is beautiful, important, fun. It grounds you, and it also nurtures. Let me tell you what I think. I'll give you 4 reasons. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will add some Dutch songs to your playlist. Luckily, you will also avoid generalizations. 

1. Places in the Netherlands: Song "Zoutelande"

     Some songs can take you to places you might have been to, or that you would like to explore. For example, Zoutelande. It's a real place! It's in Zeeland. Have you ever been there? You might like it! (Do take me with you, please. I haven't been there and dream of it!) Well, there is this song about it. Nice, right? I'm almost certain you have heard it. 

My favorit…

Learning Dutch: Podcast Zeg het in het Nederlands

Self-studyingis one key element for proficiency when learning a language. As a teacher, I continually encourage my students to listen to a variety of resources. As a learner myself and for the last two years, all I have listened to is music in Dutch and, recently, podcasts. Today, I'm excited to share with you my latest discovery, Zeg het in het Nederlands.
     Zeg het in het Nederlands is a Dutch-language podcast which offers 5 top advantages:

My Ten Must-Have doTERRA Oils - Part 2

Last week,we had the opportunity of exploring five of my ten favorite essential oils: Breathe, Citrus Bliss, Deep Blue Rub, Lavender, andLemon. Today, I will tell you about the other five that complete the list: Melaleuca, On Guard, Oregano, Peppermint, andSerenity.  

Melaleuca has more than 92 different compounds. As a result, its applications are unlimited! I use it on cuts or if there is some kind of skin irritation since it promotes quick recovery. When having an earache,
apply it around the ear and, voila! Oh, and between your toes it works miracles! One more tip: Just as lavender, I sometimes use it on my underwear. 

On Guard
On Guard is one of doTERRA's best-selling blends because of its immune support. It contains wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary leaf/flower essential oils. I own two presentations: essential oil and toothpaste. I mostly use the oil in four different ways:

My Ten Must-Have doTERRA Oils - Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, Ayşenur (a Turkish blogger herself) and I were brainstorming ideas for our next posts. One thing led to another and before we realized it, I had taken out my Deep Blue Rub and she was applying it on her neck and shoulder. When I gave her a mini-sample to take home, she wondered, "Why not write about essential oils?" To which I replied, "What a superb idea!"

   Later, after she had left, I took out my doTERRA collection and began thinking about the oils I would like to include. After debating with myself for hours and hours and hours, maybe even a couple of days, I chose only 10. Only ten?! Yes! Believe me, you don't really want to know how many I have. Or, do you?

   Breathe is a respiratory blend. This is one of my most used oils during the winter. It helps me clear my airways and breathe better when having a cold. I add some drops to my diffuser, or rub it everywhere: feet, chest, back, neck, hands (to inhale), and the tip of my…

A Free Soul: My Brazilian student who left the Netherlands for Australia

Where were you at 25?  Studying or working?  Sleeping in a tent or a bed? Single, dating or married?   In your country or abroad?  Today, let me fill you in on where Larissa is. She is a Brazilian girl living in Australia!
     For the last three months, Larissa has been picking berries and blueberries. You see, in Australia, you can work for your second-year visa by spending four months working on a farm. She describes it as a great and challenging experience.

You are a house manager. Now, cook!

"We are not housewives."

This is what I tell my students when they talk about missing the good old days back in their country, not having to be in charge of the house. I say, "We are not housewives. We are house managers!"  House managers? What the heck does that mean?! A house manager keeps the house in pristine shape and the meals yummy enough to have the husband/wife coming back happily from work every day. (My darling keeps saying, while having dinner, "This is delicious, I should recommend you!" To what I always reply, "Please don't!"

A house manager runs this activity as a side business because he/she must focus on figuring out who he/she is, what he/she is doing in this country, and how he/she will prevail in reaching a blissful spiritual state. How can one seize such a tough and arduous goal? There are many ways, I suppose. In my experience:

During blue periods, make sure you have wise friends to talk to. You feel alone, but you aren&…

Inburgering Part 2: Listening & Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij

Time to prepare for the second and third inburgering exams! 
    In a previous post, I recommended three sites where you could practice the reading test. (If you haven't read it, click here.) Today I will share the sites and material I'll be using to practice luisteren and Kennis van de Nederlandse Maatschappij. 

Living Abroad and Visiting Family: Life Tricks Us

This is what I learned from visiting my country after almost two years: Life tricks us and nothing will ever be the same.

   Why would I say this? Well, after thinking about how to explain it in a way that would be understood, I couldn't find the words. Don't panic! I did find an image. Visualize this:

Inburgering Part 1: Reading Exam

So here we go...What is the famous "inburgering"? Well, according to Wikipedia, "...the foreigner is obliged to learn very basic Dutch and basic knowledge about Dutch society..." There are different levels of exams, it all depends on what you want it for. From now on, let's call it integration exam.