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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.