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Our eight meeting happened in the place called Kahvilla in Tampere, Tammela. Kahvilla is actually a word play as it means “to have coffee in some place”. Finnish use that in sentences like: “Käydäänkö kahvilla jossakin?” meaning “Do you want to go for a coffee somewhere?” But in this case it’s obviously proper noun and written in capital, Kahvilla, so it’s the name of the place.  And one of my favourites,  I have to add. I love its cosy atmosphere and great sample of products, food and beverages. They try to stick to organic products as well as the most of the products are vegan or at least vegetarian.



That time our subject was different dialects of flemish. Bryan had made very fancy hand-written sheets where we were able to read how different words are in different parts of Belgium.



With the dialects it is easy to see how both, French and German, have their effects on Dutch language. It depends a lot on that where you’re born how you talk. We also talked about Finnish dialects and again about the fact that no one in Finland actually talks the written language and that makes it even harder to learn the language of ours.

Dutch verbs + Flemish cities

1 Verbs

In Dutch there are four types of verbs.

  • Sterke werkwoorden (= strong verbs)
  • Zwakke werkwoorden (=weak verbs)
  • Gemengde werkwoorden (= mixed verbs)
  • Onregelmatige werkwoorden (= irregular)

The verb ’spelen’ (= to play)  belongs to the category of the weak verbs and it is relative easy to conjugate. In this lesson it is conjugated in the present, past, future and present perfect tense.

Present simple   Past simple   Present perfect   future
Tegenwoordige tijd   Verleden tijd   Voltooid tegenwoordig tijd   Toekomende tijd
Spelen (=to play)   spelen   spelen   spelen
Ik speel   Ik speelde   Ik heb gespeeld   Ik zal spelen
Jij speelt   Jij speelde   Jij hebt gespeeld   Jij zal spelen
Hij, zij speelt   Hij speelde   Hij heeft gespeeld   Hij zal spelen
Wij, we spelen   Wij speelden   Wij hebben gespeeld   We zullen spelen
Jullie spelen   Jullie speelden   Jullie hebben gespeeld   Jullie zullen spelen
Zij, ze spelen   Zij speelden   Zij hebben gespeeld   Ze zullen spelen

2 Flemish cities


Brugge is a relative small and medieval city and there is a good atmosphere. It can be compared to Tallinn.

Gent can be compared to Brugge, but this city is larger. There is a lot of activity during the week because it’s a student city.

People from Antwerpen consider their city as the capital of Flanders, but the capital of Flanders (and Belgium) is Brussels.

Leuven has probably the highest density population of students in Belgium.