A bit of Dutch culture (music, movies and a holiday)

1) There's a holiday called "Sinterklaas". It's about a guy like Santa Clause. In fact, it's said that Santa Clause is based on Sinterklaas. Both dress in red, have a long white beard and bring presents. But they have different hats, the helpers of Sinterklaas are "Zwarte Pieten" (Black Peters) instead of Elves, and instead of being pulled by reindeer he rides on a horse. He comes on the 5th or 6th of December, depending on the region. So if you see a shoe with a carrot in it standing by a fireplace, that's for his horse.

2) A famous song: André van Duin - Er staat een paard in de gang (There's a horse standing in the hallway). The lyrics are relatively simple and if you start singing this while walking slowly, a conga line will form behind you.

3) If you're looking for something simple to watch, you might try "de smurfen" (the Smurfs). They're not a Dutch invention, but you can easily find them in Dutch on youtube (for example: You can also find them in English, in case you want translations (

4) If you want to know how much you'd understand of a regular show, you can watch "Flodder" ( Lots of episodes on youtube.

5) A movie with English subtitles: Amsterdamned (about a monster in the canals in Amsterdam that kills people)

6) A few more songs: Marco Borsato - Dromen zijn bedrog (Dreams are scams.)

Guus Meeuwis - Het is een nacht (It's a night ...)

Gers Pardoel ft Sef - Bagagedrager (Rear rack of bicycle)

Heidevolk - Saksenland (Saxony)

7) A few more movies: Flodder 1 (comedy about chav/ghetto/white trash getting a house in the fanciest neighbourhood)(English subs):

Flodder 3 (same family goes to America)(English subs):

De Lift (about a homicidal elevator)(English subs)


2 years ago


Amsterdamned is not about a monster that kills people, it's about a serial killer.

2 years ago

I know, but I didn't want to give everything away. When the first victim is killed you don't know whether it's going to be a monster-movie or a serial killer-movie. I wanted the viewers to experience that.

2 years ago

This is just...I don't know what to say.

2 years ago

Genius. That's what it is.

2 years ago

A lingot for making me blush...

2 years ago

A lingot for doing the same...

2 years ago

:) 10 for being the most chivalrous person I met this week.

2 years ago

If only I knew what chivalrous meant... thanks fam :D

2 years ago

I'd say it means "αβρός, ευγενικός" but I think you're just being modest... What's "fam" by the way?

2 years ago

'Fam' is just an endearing term in English, it's like saying 'buddy' or 'mate'.

2 years ago

Good to know. I thought it meant woman, as in the French "femme" (pronounced \fam).

BTW I read you're going to Amsterdam, so I added something for you, to prepare you a bit (see number 5 in the list).

2 years ago
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