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You are a Spanish professional working for a Dutch multinational and you are stationed at the head office in Amersfoort. Your Dutch boss Jan has urged you to put an effort into getting to know his language, at least up to the level where you can understand what your fellow workers are talking about, when they are not addressing you in English during an official meeting.
You are thinking about future career possibilities and you are curious about that strange language that sounds a lot like German and a bit like English. You keep hearing it all the time, not only at the office, but also when you’re doing your shopping in Soest, the village you’ve chosen to live in while you’re in The Netherlands. So you agree and start surfing the internet for information.
We find each other and decide to do business. That is, you will be my student and the multinational you are working with, will be my client. I ask you where you would like the lessons to take place, in Amersfoort or Soest. We agree to meet weekly at your house on Mondays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
It is Monday the 5th of January 2015, 8:50 a.m. You look out of your window, while you are pouring out the coffee. I grab my white board, books and laptop and get out of my car. We say “goede morgen, hoe gaat het met je?” and you give me a nice cup of that hot black liquid. Then, we’re both ready for two hours of hard work and good fun…
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