Caught up in their cheery optimism that we wouldn’t all end up hating each other I wrote out two identical little notes, with a nice little drawing of some flowers on the back.Once the notes were delivered I realised that I had accidentally given both of them the wrong number.The other set annotated the note and sent it back to me (below), pointing out errors with little smiley faces and insights such as “doesn’t work no can’t read this”. Having failed my first homework assignment from my new neighbours, I sat and pondered.What I realised was this: Dutch directness is to British people what Northern rudeness is to Southerners.Sometimes words aren’t enough to communicate with the object of your affection — English words, that is. In case you aren’t lucky enough to speak 12 languages fluently, we’ve compiled a love and dating-themed vocabulary list drawn from sources as varied as Tagalog, Dutch, and Inuit. If this type of flirtation seems too subtle, might I remind you of the guy from last week who asked “hey baby, wanna get lucky? If the man asks the woman out, it’s understood that he’s paying for the date. Instead, they have dinner parties on Friday or Saturday night.These can be formal sit-down dinners starting with champagne, or a casual last-minute invitation.
The Dutch distinguish between two major cultural subdivisions in their nation.These dates were compiled from Internet and book sources by Kate Register of Rice, Virginia. of Australia) 1856 - Burton and Speke discover Lake Tanganyika 1857 - John Speke discovers Lake Victoria 1867 - Alaska sold by Russia to US 1868 - Austro-Hungarian Empire established 1869 - Suez Canal complete 1878 - Serbia, Montenegro and Romania independent 1878 - Cyprus became British 1885 - Congo Free State (Congo State); Britain established Bechuanaland Protectorate in what is now Botswana. African states 1902 - Cuba independence 1903 - Panama independence 1905 - End of the Swedish-Norwegian Union (Norway independent); Sakhalin Island divided between Japan and Russia; Alberta and Saskatchewan become provinces in Canada 1907 - Eastern Oklahoma was called Indian Territory until 1907. 1918 - 1940 - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania were independent. This is a work in progress, and should not be quoted without verification. Southern part of Bechuanaland was called British Bechuanaland, a colony that later became part of the Cape Colony and later S. 1891 - North and South Dakota divided and Indian Territory in Oklahoma 1895 - "Rhodesia" name on Ndebele territory of Zimbabwe1900 - Cook Islands annexed by New Zealand. 1908 - Bulgaria becomes independent kingdom; Belgium takes over Congo Free State 1909 - Canberra becomes capital of Australia. The non-Randstad culture corresponds to the historical divide between the predominantly Protestant north and the Catholic south, separated by the Rhine River.Significant local variations of Dutch culture include the Friesian culture in the extreme north and the Brabant and Limburg cultures in the south. Unlike the rest of us, who might try to make an instant connection with the opposite sex, Germans tend to do things a little different.