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On Being Dutch

Reader comment on item: Michael Oren Interviewed by Daniel Pipes
in response to reader comment: On clearing the throat, and Dutch speech in general.

Submitted by Anna (Netherlands), Jul 26, 2015 at 01:42

Sorry to be late in replying Michael. Thanks for your reply. Thanks for thr compliment, but well, I cheated ! I am actually half English and was raised bi-lingual . We need other languages as who else in the world speaks Dutch ( or would want to?!) Afrikaans is a sort of Dutch, but the easiest part to understand is when they cut letters off at the end of a word such as the word for " not" which in Dutch is " niet", in Afrikaans is " nie" a sort of old-fashioned Dutch apparsntly mixed with German. If the Dutch want to study at college they need other languages as most books are in English, German and sometimes French, especially for medical and technical studies where the majority of study books are American and English.

! Oh yes the throat ! The Dutch are the only people outside of the semitics, with maybe an exception being the Scots who have mastered this strange sound ! I believe because a lost Hebrew tribe ( Zebulon) ended up here but another subject !! Sorry,nice try, but forget the smoking excuse , although...it might be a more feasible explanation than mine ! As far as fits of rage are concerned, I was convinced this trait was inherited from the British side ( Scottish ancestors !) Huh, you think you have problems?, this put me out, now I have to re-evaluate ?! You are one of the lucky ones as I wish my ancestors had followed the American dream back then !


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