ouloveit1 (Oct 20 2010, 02:24 PM) said: > original post
I agree with the others.
It's all relative. The Dutch speak English much better than other EU countries. Ever tried to get by in Beligum, Germany or France .. in English? Whoaaaa no comparison.
In the end - as in most things, you are gonna have to suck it up and learn Dutch. No sense in wasting your energy trying to understand why the Dutch don't speak as fluent English as you were told they would speak.
I speak Dutch - though if I am upset etc .. I can hardly get a word out but if I am relaxed .. I am decent. I have good pronounciation but no, I don't think I can ever be completely fluent because I think I moved here too late in life.
In fact, I have never met an expat that moved here for work or for a partner - at my age - and now speaks fluent Dutch. (Surely they exist .. just have never heard of one).
It's like Arnold - the governor of California. He has lived there what 30 years .. but the minute he opens his mouth .. you know he is not American.
Oh well, don't sweat it .. just get started on your Dutch lessons. It's hard.
dandm (Oct 18 2010, 09:24 PM) said: > original post
Paranoid of what? Xenophobia? Heads up it exists everywhere, and is a growing problem at the moment. Fragile economies = up go the fences.
It's all about perception. This country needs skilled migrants. A perception abroad that the Netherlands is becoming inward looking and intolerant hurts its ability to attract highly skilled workers, this is going to be a concern for the country going forward if Wilders is not held in check. Both Austria and Denmark suffered quite bad downturns in skilled immigration following their election of anti-immigrant platform governments. Denmark is only just starting to recover.