Q and R

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! 

Q is for Quark Cheese.


Quark cheese is a type of cheese found mainly in Germany, but common also in the Netherlands. Quark cheese is made from fermented sour milk.

The word “quark” does not have an exact translation into English, but it roughly means “thick milk” and it tastes kind of like cottage cheese or cheese curds.

In Germany and the Netherlands they actually make cheesecake out of Quark cheese, but it isn’t as sweet as our cheesecake, it has more of a cheesy taste.

R is for Regenboog.


Regenboog means rainbow.

In the Netherlands it rains a lot. Much more than it rains in Iowa. But one good thing about all the rain is that it is often followed by a regenboog, or a rainbow.

The colors of the rainbow obviously stay the same, but the names are different. In Dutch they are:

  • Red = Rood (Rude)
  • Orange = Oranje (oh-raan-ye)
  • Yellow = Geel (heel)
  • Green = Groen (hroan)
  • Blue = Blauw (Bl-0w)
  • Indigo = Indigo (in-de-ho)
  • Violet = Violet (vee-oh-let)

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