Id dating language
I actually had little interest in finding the girl of my dreams (I'm leaving in 3 weeks! Doing it in a language I'm not yet fully comfortable in just made it all the more interesting 🙂 I find it incredible when people tell me that they have “nothing to talk about” when they find an opportunity to practice a language, and suggest that all you can do is discuss .
So, I'll actually tell you exactly what I remember talking about last night.
Onward, and in the second date I started with a merry “So…
[read her name tag] – Why did you decide to go on a speed-date today then?
Also, Dutch people have their set network of friends and it's turning out to be incredibly hard to break into that.
If the majority of my conversations with the Dutch are going to be brief, then I decided to think of a better way to take advantage of these conversations.
Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.
But for the most part, when I meet people I tend to have a similar first introduction conversation over and over again.
Most of them were very impressed by this, but I tried to change the subject quickly to get the best out of the time I had.
People were still arriving so she said to wait in the bar and get a complimentary drink. I actually had a good 20 minute conversation with them before the event even started! Even though the speed-dating hadn't really begun yet, I had talked about my blog and travels, so I wasn't allowed to discuss that any more for the rest of the night! The only thing I could repeat were basic things like my name, the fact that I've been in Amsterdam a month, and a casual mention that I'm a writer, without necessarily expanding on it.
I told them why I was in Amsterdam, mentioned my travels, and the blog, got to know them too a bit and then the hostess called us all in. For more interesting conversations I needed to find common ground, or talk more about her obviously. ” (I put my actual name in the application rather than the nickname I always go by, in case the speed-date organisers asked to see my ID).
€32 for 25 intensive chats in the language with a drink included!
That's much cheaper than the going rate for private conversation lessons!