My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch!
O is for Onzevader.
The Onzevader is the Our Father in Dutch.
The Netherlands is historically a Christian country. The region I live in is known as the Catholic region. All over the Netherlands you can find beautiful churches that are usually the center of the town.
Here is a translation of the Our Father so you can practice it in Dutch! (Joseph, your Dad can probably pronounce most of the words because it is very close to German!)
Onze Vader, die in de hemel zijt,
uw naam worde geheiligd.
Uw rijk kome,
Uw wil geschiede,
op aarde zoals in de hemel.
Geef ons heden ons dagelijks brood,
en vergeef ons onze schuld,
zoals ook wij aan anderen hun schuld vergeven.
En leid ons niet in bekoring,
maar verlos ons van het kwade.
P is for Pannenkoek.
Pannenkoek is the Dutch work for pancake!
The Dutch love to eat pancakes, but their pancakes are very different from ours.
The Dutch pancake is very thin and it is very big–they take up the entire plate!
In America we put blueberries, chocolate chips, and bananas in the dough and cook them inside the pancake. Here they would put the fruit or chocolate on top and cook it that way.
There are pancake houses all over the Netherlands and people usually don’t go there for breakfast, but rather for lunch or dinner.
When you eat pancakes here you can have them either salty or sweet. The salty pancake is almost like a pizza. It has different toppings on it, like ham, cheese, and vegetables. The sweet pancake is closer to an American pancake, but they don’t eat them with maple syrup like we do.
Here is a recepie for a Dutch pannenkoek, so you can try them at home!
They are really simple, and all you need are 4 ingredients to make the pannenkoeken, and then you can put whatever you want on top!