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    It’s all part of the adventure and the learning, especially after moving here. We try to avoid the Chinese stores with US products and want to learn the Dutch products at VDT, Warehouse, and BondiGro - just remember that “paard” in Dutch is horse. There are several good smartphone apps that translate real-time using your phones camera .... but not always.

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    Nothing wrong with a little horse. Seriously though, give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieC View Post
    Often looking at the pictures on the package helps. But that's how we ended up with the tuna fish pizza!
    That is wonderful!! It is part of the adventure.

    Bea

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    Personally, I think that while the grammar and syntax in Dutch are a bit complex, overall is simpler than French. You'd be surprised how some vocabulary goes a long, more so in the supermarkets, and how it opens new doors. If you have Dutch friends, they'll be more than happy to fine tune you. Enjoy, and Veel plezier in de leren reis!

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    just like diving--one never knows what they will see before you get into the water. We do shop at VT just because of selection and close to us. English is not a problem and we have never been disappointing with great service and remember the magic words please and thank you as it goes a long way. Sometimes we have purchased some substitute items and always ask about the sliced deli meats and cheeses as some are not my style but the cheese is great to try something different. We also shop at Zung Kong [sp] as they are the only one I have see that carry 100% Dole mixed fruit juice and the other oriental market right across the street from A & B has the best selection of fruit concentrates....little harder translation but give it a try! Fresh bread from the dutch bakery is....well I hate waking up on vacation but 6am is not a problem! We staying 2-months this January and do freeze and pack some steaks as just spoiled here in the midwest. Best of luck shopping--

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    ohhh thank you for that piece of info !

    "It’s all part of the adventure and the learning, especially after moving here. We try to avoid the Chinese stores with US products and want to learn the Dutch products at VDT, Warehouse, and BondiGro - just remember that “paard” in Dutch is horse. There are several good smartphone apps that translate real-time using your phones camera .... but not always."

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