We had a meeting on Tuesday after my Finnish class. I had to teach Dutch to Anna and Satu. It was my first time that I taught my language, so I prepared myself. This lesson was about the pronunciation of my mother language. We had a basic conversation and I explained some facts about Belgium. Michael Kloet (form the Netherlands) joined us out of curiosity.
This is a summary of the possible vowel combinations.
|ij and ei||(ei)||‘ij’ and ‘ei’ are pronounced on the same way||ijs
|Unstressed e||‘Lijk’ at the end of a word and unstressed||vreselijk||terrible|
|ou and au||ow||‘ou’ and ‘au’ are pronounced on the same way||pauw
|eeuw and ieuw||eew and (iiw)||eeuw
|aai, ai, ooi, oi, oei||aaj, aj, ooj, oj, (uj)||fraai
And some interesting facts.
- There are +/- 24 million native Dutch speakers
- A few years ago, Belgium had no government for 541 days! We broke the record of Iraq (249 days). There was a manifestation organised by students, but it ended up in a festival.
- We have 2 kings and 2 queens. King Filip I, King Albert II, Queen Mathilde, Queen Paola. Queen Fabiola recently died.