marți, 18 noiembrie 2008

'live and let live'

The Dutch are neither the clog-wearing windmill-dwellers of popular folklore, nor the drug-dealing pornographers which they have been made out to be in recent times. Few Dutch people would recognize themselves in such stereotypes. They are certainly a unique people and this begins with the fact that they have quite literally had to create their own country in the face of overwhelming natural adversity. To do this they have had to be both ingenious and courageous, two traits that are as common today as they have ever been. As a country, the Netherlands has a liberal image which stems from pragmatism and a 'live and let live' attitude. The historical roots of this provide an interesting look into the Dutch soul.

Live and let live - When visiting the Netherlands for the first time, you will probably be struck by the fact that everyone here is quite absorbed with his or her own piece of social space. People don't immediately speak to strangers, on the trains everyone tries to get a seat where they can sit alone and the foreign visitor soon has the feeling that he or she is being ignored. However, the latter is usually not the case, because when you do address them you'll be surprised at the friendliness of their response.The Dutch usually keep their homes very private, so it is a rare treat to be invited into a Dutch home. You may have to know someone for months before he or she actually invites you home. And the Dutch usually do not associate hospitality with food: you will only be invited to eat in a Dutch home after a very long friendship. The Dutch like to keep a certain distance from others, and that is really not so strange in a country that is amongst the most densely populated nations in the world. The Dutch also like to congratulate themselves on their tolerance, but the correct description for this character trait is 'live and let live'. A sort of: 'if you leave me alone then I'll leave you alone.' This way we have fewer conflicts.

luni, 17 noiembrie 2008

IFFR 2009

38th International Film Festival RotterdamJanuary 21 - February 1, 2009


The 38th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is to get a new and simplified format with three main sections. This will make the programme clearer and do more justice to individual films and special themes. A special feature of this new format is that all three programme sections will be able to comprise full-length films, shorts, art installations and live performances. In this way, the festival is reacting to a real change in both the film and arts world, with film makers and visual artists chosing per project for a specific medium and the best possible form of distribution. The three main sections in the new format: BRIGHT FUTUREBright Future is the platform for filmmakers of the future. Here, the festival presents the most important, idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice makers from all over the world. The section mainly consists of first or second films. The competitive part of the festival, the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition for first and second features and the Tiger Awards Competition for short films, is part of this section. SPECTRUMSpectrum comprises work by experienced film makers and artists who provide, in the opinion of the IFFR, an essential contribution to international film culture. Spectrum brings together highlights of the film year, new work by prominent auteurs and topical, strong and innovative films by accomplished filmmakers. Closely linked to Bright Future, Spectrum sets a high quality standard in substance and style. SIGNALSSignals is made up of a series of thematic film programmes, exhibitions or performances. Here the festival focuses on specific themes and oeuvres of striking filmmakers or visual artists. The programmes within Signals offer insight in topical as well as timeless ideas within cinema. During IFFR 2009, Signals includes, among others to be announced, the theme sections:- Hungry Ghosts, a film programme with Asian features about ghosts and supernatural apparitions. This very popular and commercial genre in Asia is regularly plundered for Hollywood remakes, not all equally successful. Hungry Ghosts, compiled by Gertjan Zuilhof, presents the most striking and innovative recent Asian work and also presents the exhibition ‘Haunted House’ with the cooperation of film makers and set designers from Asia. - Size Matters: this programme shows how the size of screens, from supersize to miniature, influences film making and the viewing experience of the spectator. The festival is planning to make use of large size outdoor projections in the inner city of Rotterdam, but also of screens in film auditoria and other spaces.(More sections of Signals will be announced shortly)Festival director Rutger Wolfson on the innovative format of the IFFR: “The new format matches the increasing integration of full-length features and art installations, short film and live performance, silver screen and monitor. This integration is a matter-of-course for an increasing number of film makers and artists and serves to enriching the classic notion of cinema. By giving this development a more central role, the IFFR is looking to the future of film culture.” The films and projects in all three sections will be selected by the team of IFFR programmers. Gerwin Tamsma and Gertjan Zuilhof will coordinate the sections Bright Future and Spectrum respectively.

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marți, 11 noiembrie 2008

About Dutch

More than 20 million people speak Dutch as their native language. It is the official language of the Netherlands and its overseas territories, and is one of the official languages of Belgium, Suriname, and the European Union. Dutch speakers can also communicate with over 5 million speakers of Afrikaans, a daughter language of Dutch, spoken in South Africa and Namibia.
Dutch Learning Tips
Dutch pronunciation and spelling follow logical patterns.
In Dutch, a system of accent marks determines the pronunciation of certain letters.
There are two main categories of Dutch nouns, common and neuter. Common nouns consist of feminine and masculine words.
Almost all Dutch nouns can be turned into a diminutive, a word that denotes smallness, by adding a ‘-je’ ending.
Dutch has strict rules for the positions of verbs, subjects, and objects. These rules determine when the subject is positioned before or after the verb.
Dutch has both formal and informal ways to address others, depending on the age of the speaker and the relationship to the person being addressed.

(Rosetta Stone)

joi, 6 noiembrie 2008

De top 100 van Nederlanse tradities

1. Pakjesavond, Sinterklaas
2. Kerstboom zetten, Kerstmis
3. Vrijmarkt, Koninginnedag
4. Oliebollen, Oud en Nieuw
5. Eieren, kleuren Pasen
6. Raad van Elf, Carnaval
7. Beschuit met muisjes, Geboorte
8. Kaarsjes uitblazen, Verjaardag
9. Sint-Maartenzingen
10. Haring happen
11. Luilak, Pinksteren
12. Stamppot eten
13. 4 & 5 mei vieren
14. Suikerfeest, Ramadan
15. Abraham zien
16. Moederdag, Vaderdag
17. Driekoningenzingen
18. Palmpaasoptocht
19. Schaatsen en IJspret
20. Kermis
21. Naar de markt
22. Erwtensoep
23. Drop
24. Speculaas
25. Biertje drinken
26. 1 aprilgrap
27. Dauwtrappen Hemelvaart
28. Nederlandse taal en Dialect
29. Naar de kerk gaan
30. Circus
31. Koffie drinken
32. Gilden
33. Oranje versieren, Voetbal
34. Fietscultuur
35. Ringen wisselen, Huwelijk
36. Prinsjesdag
37. Klederdracht
38. Samen naar de kroeg
39. Peperkoek
40. Draaksteken Beesel
41. Sunderklaas Waddeneilanden
42. Valkerij
43. Reuzencultuur
44. Valentijnsdag
45. Hard werken
46. Pannenkoeken
47. Kolven
48. Kaas
49. Allerzielen
50. Fierljeppen
51. Op vakantie gaan
52. Elfstedentocht
53. Broodje Pom
54. Meidenmarkt Schoorl
55. Carbidschieten
56. E-mails lezen
57. Verhalen vertellen
58. Keti Koti
59. Bloemen- en fruitcorso
60. Offerfeest
61. Mariaverering
62. Jenever
63. Shantykoren
64. Midwinterhoorn blazen
65. Vrijgezellenavond
66. Kaatsen Friesland
67. Bidden voor het eten
68. Kaarsje aansteken bij een heilige
69. Chinees drakenfeest
70. Holi en Phagwa
71. Frietje met ...
72. Klootschieten
73. Zuinig zijn
74. Besnijdenis jongens
75. Nijmeegse vierdaagse
76. Spelletjes spelen
77. Thuis opbaren, Dood
78. Spreekwoorden
79. Draaiorgelmuziek
80. File rijden
81. Beugelen
82. Processies
83. Hagelslag
84. Passiespelen Tegelen
85. Limburgse vlaai
86. Vee- en paardenmarkten
87. Jom Kippoer
88. Rouwmonumenten langs de weg
89. Islamitisch Nieuwjaar
90. Nasi Bami
91. Warme chocolademelk
92. Volksdans
93. Dierendag
94. Maria biscuit
95. Gay Parade
96. Bijgeloof
97. Grote schoonmaak
98. Eerste Communie
99. Rosj Hasjana en Divali
100. 8 Uur journaal kijken