Author Archives: inezhollander

Chapter Six: Bike Ride through Oakland


Happiness is easier to reach on a bicycle than in a car. ~ Johan Goudsblom In the US, societal success lives in the suburbs and preferably behind walls and fences, which, in the San Francisco Bay Area, are hidden behind … Continue reading

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Chapter Five: We Dig Gerard Reve


This chapter first appeared as an article in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad on July 4th, 2006 under the same title. Caveat: this was written for the Dutch market, so I’m not sure the English translation here does it any … Continue reading

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Chapter Four: Is dit een banaan? Nee, dat is Beyoncé…


So where do you start with a group of young Americans who haven’t had much exposure to Dutch? My language method (and book) was the one developed by Ruud Hisgen (and others) and it’s called Direct Dutch, which is also … Continue reading

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CHAPTER THREE: Double Dutch


An American woman who was married to a Dutchman once told me that as she was learning Dutch, she found it consisted of all sorts of sounds American mothers tell their children NOT to make as it could possibly damage … Continue reading

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Chapter Two: To Be Published Elsewhere


Sorry folks, but if you missed the riveting content of Chapter Two before I pulled it, do not panic. The piece will get published elsewhere.

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Chapter One: “A Language that No One Speaks”


Flashforward, Spring 2006: When I mount the steps of Dwinelle Hall with my 8-year-old Caroline, she’s panting and squeaking like an old church organ. Caroline doesn’t like sport, doesn’t know the difference between baseball and basketball and doesn’t believe in … Continue reading

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Going Dutch on the Berkeley Campus: Prologue


Prologue: Teetering on the Brink Summer 2004: My husband and I were sitting at the kitchen table as if we were a bunch of silent second-rate actors against the backdrop of a sparse and tired set by Harold Pinter. We … Continue reading

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Going Dutch on the Berkeley Campus; WE’RE ON!


Hi Folks, Traffic was insane for my last blog post so I am going to take the plunge and release my manuscript about my years at Berkeley, teaching a language that has/had a certain appeal to a very eclectic group. … Continue reading

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Shall I Feed this Manuscript to the Fire?


As we are ready to leave our happy home, I’m finding discarded manuscripts. One of them contains essays on my experiences teaching Dutch at UC Berkeley (2004-2014). I wrote them in Dutch but I am thinking of translating them, because … Continue reading

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And so the end is near…


This title sounds more ominous than it is which is just to hook you, dear reader… Clickbait. Sorry. But do read on. Time moves in loops and circles and I hope this end is a new beginning. This morning we’re … Continue reading

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