Alas, no. When I was still at university my father was seconded to the Royal Dutch Navy, and he, my mother and I started to learn the language; I don't recall if my brother did or not. Then she was taken ill -- it was to prove fatal within the year (cancer) -- and he was posted in the UK instead, because his mother was still alive and helped him look after her. I can just about read basic Dutch, if the wind be southerly, but I had to go to my Dutch dictionary even for such a simple phrase. And damn, aren't Dutch-English/English-Dutch dictionaries expensive!
Originally Posted by naaldvoerder
But yours is a country for which I have a very soft spot.