They'd ask my name at the end so that they knew precisely where to mark that 😛 In the first conversation, we talked about how she has to get the train back to Rotterdam so she probably won't be staying too late.Someone trying to get a date would have found it to be a bust, but I found it to be excellent travel vocabulary practice!
Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.
But for the most part, when I meet people I tend to have a similar first introduction conversation over and over again.
I had only ever seen it on some American TV shows, and not really thought much about it.
I wasn't interested in actually finding a date though.
” The next girl told me how she has always dreamed of going to Ireland so I gave her some travel tips and advised her to go to Galway rather than Dublin, and the next girl was shocked to see that I was speaking Dutch at my current level after just a month.
Most of them were very impressed by this, but I tried to change the subject quickly to get the best out of the time I had.
I got my flatmate to pay for me, and signed up for what I considered simply an excellent and unique opportunity to practice Dutch with 25 people!
To make it more interesting though, I gave myself the challenge that each of my mini dates (lasting only 3-5 minutes) must involve talking about something completely different. I can't just rattle off the same introduction and ask the same questions or I won't learn anything.
I'm exactly five weeks into my mission to speak Dutch.