I'm thinking of going to Amsterdam to visit the Anne Frank House, but I don't speak a lick of Dutch. Am I fucked as soon as I leave the plane? Does the museum have an english tour?
Dude really. Learn 10 common travelor words or phrases in Dutch. Its just the polite and respectful thing for every travelor to do. You dont have to master the language, just try. You will be surprized how much more service and respect you get wherever you go.
Amerifag here who was recently in Amsterdam. The Dutch I met all spoke better English than we do. They enunciate their words and don't use contractions. They're also some of the most genuinely nice and civilized people I've met. You'll be just fine.
I'm considering a year worker visa in the netherlands but my cousin tried get a job there but had a lot of trouble because she didn't know dutch. Is dutch a necessity for work there or do they just prefer to hire dutch instead of foreigners?
Goes for every country you travel to! Plus you always see that people like it.
Due to Dutch bluntness we will laugh at you when you attempt it and fail miserably (which you will), but we mean well and we very much appreciate it. :)
I disagree. I mean, no, it's not the best thing in the country or even Amsterdam. It's definitely a little overhyped. But it's still special for what it is.
Entirely depends on the line of work and the company. If you have to interact with a lot of locals and you have to be a representative of your company to the public, yes. If you work somewhere focussed on international business, English is mostly fine. It all depends on the job and the company.
People in the Netherlands speak English very well considering it's a country where it isn't the native language. Get out of your cave and visit some other countries, you'll see what I mean. Also, stop hating yourself.
I agree. It baffles me to see huge lines to see this house. There were thousands of places where Jews hid, many of them still stand today. I might be living in one, as far as I know.
Yes, I realize that Anne Frank's story is very famous, but her house being one of many attractions of Amsterdam seems way overblown.
What is it with people and Anne Frank? It blows my mind how all the tourists stand in a three-hour long queue to check out an attic for a couple dozen euro. Maybe I just don't get it because I live in Poland of all places but Sweet Jesus, it's just a townhouse where one of the millions of jews used to hide. Is her diary really that big of a deal abroad?
And as for the language, the Dutch speak excellent English. By far the best of all the countries I've visited.
Girlfriend grew up in the netherlands, they're better at proper english than us honestly
They take english classes for a few years in school, literally everyone there knows english unless theyre an immigrant or 90 years old. Even those that arent good at it still know enough to have a conversation