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I just wanted to get some Dutch practice because they had been notoriously hard to hang out with as friends!

You generally don't meet someone up for coffee or lunch; you have to propose a time long in advance and understand the Dutch need to be organised; something which contrasts with my preference for spontaneity.

That's much cheaper than the going rate for private conversation lessons!

I'm exactly five weeks into my mission to speak Dutch.

While there are major advantages of my German and my English giving me a head start thanks to many linguistic similarities, I have had a major set-back in this mission that has been slowing me down tremendously; simply finding opportunities to converse!

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.

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