"Ik wil niet naar het buitenland gaan."

Translation:I do not want to go abroad.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Emkoshka

Overseas is not an acceptable substitute for abroad?

2 years ago

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No, overseas indicates you'll cross a sea, which is not necessary for going abroad e.g. crossing the border between the Netherlands and Belgium.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emkoshka

Ha, it's the half Australian in me. Crossing the sea to get to another country is obligatory if you live on a big island like I do. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LianeBond

Or a small one like me in the UK... :)

2 years ago

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Or a tiny one like Singapore :D We go "overseas" even if it's just a half hour drive to Malaysia

2 years ago

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Would "I don't want to go out of the country." be acceptable?

2 years ago

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That would be: Ik wil het land niet uit(gaan). The outcome is fairly similar though the sentences are different. Perhaps it would be different if there was no good translation for buitenland in English, but there is, namely: abroad.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TJfVG5

Thanks! For whatever reason, "abroad" has become nearly archaic where I grew up (which is a shame, as it's much more concise).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Emkoshka

I teach English to international students and they always ask me what 'abroad' means. I tell them 'overseas' and they get it instantly. Those of us who are island-dwellers must travel across water to reach another country therefore 'over seas' makes so much more sense in a very literal way. :)

2 years ago
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