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.

She got a great laugh out of that and asked me the same question.

“Why, I signed up to this speed-dating for some Dutch practice of course!

This is a terrible way to make progress to be able to discuss many different topics required to be fluent in a language.

While I continue to meet people that I Speed dating is a relatively new concept, apparently started by Jewish communities in the late 90s to help shy people pair-off.

So I arrived, asked the hotel receptionist where the speed-dating was going down and found the hostess explaining how it works.

She checked my name against the bookings and gave me my booklet of girls' names.

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.

I had only ever seen it on some American TV shows, and not really thought much about it.