(02-24-2014, 11:35 AM)herbm Wrote: During my Army days in Germany, I made a habit of visiting Nijmegen for the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, only occasionally going to Amsterdam.
The best way to meet Nederlands girls was to sit in a bar with my Nederlands language book open, studying the language (really) and drinking a beer.
Everyone was so impressed that the American soldier was studying the language that they starting buying me beers, girls included. The men all wanted to introduce me to their sisters.
"Ik spreek maar een beetje nederlands", was an amazingly effective pick-up line.
Also useful is, "Wil je me helpen om zeg dit woord??"
And of course almost everyone there speaks some English and wants to practice it so we had a very good time.
I live in a small town near Venlo. About 90 kms south of Nijmegen.
"Nederlands" is one of the most difficult languages, almost like Chinese.
Very impressive you still remember something about it.
Glad you have good memories about that time.
Thanks for sharing your memories!