I am doing a small project on a country in school, and I chose the Netherlands. Some of things I looked up, but others I decided I would ask Duolingo users about. Here are my questions:
- What is the country motto? (If there is one.)
- What are some common expressions or slang? (No swear words.)
- What do the colors of the flag represent? (I tried looking this up, but I wasn't completely certain about what I found.)
If you live in the Netherlands, I would appreciate if you could answer my questions. I'll give you lingots for your help. Thank you!
My favourite expressions/idioms:
- met de hakken over de sloot (lit. with the heels over the ditch/sloot) if you jump over a sloot and you just barely make it, always means you will land on your heels (since you put your feet forward as much as possible), this is a common idiom, which means just barely passing a test, barely completing a challenge, very narrowly winning a match etc.
- dat kan/kon op je klompen voelen aankomen (lit. you can/could feel that coming on your wooden shoes/klompen), something happens or will happen and this comment is used to emphasise that one can know beforehand this was likely to happen/will likely happen. I guess this comes from the fact that farmers/regular people wore klompen and the elite (noblemen, people with a lot of education, etc.) were not, so this is so obvious that literally everybody can/could see it coming
- alle gekheid op een stokje (lit. all crazyness on a little stick) no idea what the idea behind this is or where it comes from, but it is used when somebody wants to end goofy stories/brainstorming/a long story and get to the point/start the serious part
Very interesting idioms, especially the last one. Thank you for your help! :)
Not to disagree, but since the terms are synonymous, 'I will uphold' is equally as good a translation as "I will maintain'. They carry slightly different flavours, one is germanic, one is romance, but they essentially mean the same thing. But for a motto, 'I will uphold' sounds a lot nicer to my ears. And that is coming from a country where our motto is 'Dieu et mon droit', and we like it that way :) . What can I say, I think the word 'maintain' brings to mind in us pictures of suffering machinery or buildings, and of screwdrivers and engine oil, mechanics and builders, instead of more heroic ideas.
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=uphold <-- second definition
The colours of our flag are red, white, and blue.
- 'White and blue are the livery colours of the French principality of Orange. It's where the house of Nassau (our Royal Family) became associated with.
- Red was originally orange (Oranje-Nassau), but it was replaced with red, since that was easier to recognize during naval battles.
Thank you this, this is very interesting. The flag was also the the flag of Oost-Indië, which later became Indonesia. From the Indonesian POV, the colours had a somewhat different meaning:
Red --- Symbolised struggle
White ---Symbolised pureness
Blue --- Symbolised the the "blue-blooded" Dutch bourgeoisie.
The blue part was later torn off after WWII by a lot of people, which later became the flag of Indonesië.(only red and white)
What great questions! The official country motto has been mentioned, which isn't even in Dutch, but that's a totally different story. More interesting is a possible non official motto, that demonstrates the Dutch mores perfectly." Just act normal, thats already crazy enough". Doe maar gewoon, dat is al gek genoeg. In other words, don't behave different to the rest. Good luck with your project.