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!
K is for Koningshuis
Koningshuis means the Royal House.
The Netherlands does not have a President like we do in America. Instead they have a Prime Minister and a Royal House.
Since 1559, the House of Orange-Nassau have been the royal family in the Netherlands. This is why all the main color in the Netherlands is orange instead of their flag colors, which are red, white, and blue.
The King of the Netherlands is King Willem-Alexander. His queen is Queen Máxima and they have three daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.
King Willem-Alexander is a very new King. In 2013 his mother, Queen Beatrix, stepped down from her throne and he became king.
The King does not have absolute power in the Netherlands. He works together with a board of ministers and is apart of the executive branch of the government.
The Royal family in the Netherlands are very open compared to many other monarchs. They are often seen at festivals, sporting events, and other public events.
L is for Limburg.
In America we have 50 different states. In the Netherlands they have 12 different regions.
The most famous region is North Holland, except most people just call it Holland. It is so famous that most people just call the whole country Holland. The main reason it is so popular is because Amsterdam, the countries capitol city, is located in North Holland.
I, however, do not live in North Holland. I live in the region called Limburg. Limburg is the southernmost region in the Netherlands. If you look at a map of the Netherlands you will see that a skinny part of the country between Belgium and Germany, that part is Limburg.
Limburg has a lot of farms and small communities. The people are very relaxed and fun. They love having festivals and big parties where they can sing and dance all night long. More than anything, they are very traditional.
This region, as opposed to the other 11, is primarily Catholic. They still celebrate all the Catholic feast days and they are the main region to celebrate Carnival.
I have enjoyed living in Limburg because it reminds me a lot of the midwest in America.