When it comes to language and writing, the motto is often: if you write texts at B1 level, then (almost) everyone will understand. But is that guideline something to cling to? And can you never use a difficult word again? Marlous ten Berge argues in this article for a different approach.

Another year in which the holidays are ‘different from normal’. Nevertheless, we hope that you still have nice days with loved ones around you.

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We plan to help you learn, develop or share your knowledge with the same enthusiasm next year. Hopefully you will join us again with the same enthusiasm. But first, enjoy the holidays!

Hearty or decent food? Watch out for instincts in German

It is not only between Flemish and Dutch that there are apparently minor language differences that lead to great confusion. Between Dutch and German there are also so-called ‘false friends’: words that occur in both languages ​​or are very similar, but really have a different meaning. So be careful when you do business and use your coal German, because that can turn out to be unfortunate. I also recommend reading the comments here. What developments and lessons about content and language can we expect in 2022? We will see! The Dutch Vincent Alblas has been living in Flanders for 10 years now. During that time he learned that there are not only Flemish words that are not known in the Netherlands, but that there are also expressions that are used in both areas, but have a completely different meaning. This is confusing (and leads to amusing misunderstandings), but also fascinating. Vincent shared 9 examples and additions poured in in the comments (tip!).

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