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Why do the Dutch make subjects so small?

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I recently had a nice conversation with a good foreign friend, who has been living in the Netherlands for a number of years now.

He said the language is fairly negative and what “annoys” him the most is that we reduce so much.

The Dutch use the letters JE al lot. Instead of “Do you want a beer?” The Dutch say, “Do you want a small beer?”  We don’t actually use the word small but JE behind the beer, bier – biertje.

  • Would you like a sandwich (je)?
  • Want a beer (tje)?
  • Do you want an ice cream (je)?

He had countless examples and we laughed hard at this and wondered why we are doing this.

Together we have concluded that this has to do with the fact that we are a stamp on the earth and yet are present everywhere.

In the field of sports

  • F1
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Glory (K1)
  • Athletics
  • Olympics


  • Nxp
  • Asml
  • Philips
  • Heineken
  • Randstad
  • Unilever
  • ING

And also

  • Land reclamation
  • Water management
  • Seed breeding
  • Flowers
  • Food

And I can make the list longer!

So we actually have quite a big pair of pants on and that is why we have to stay at home with our feet on the ground.

Not making things too big to keep using common sense.

What do you think?