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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF HANS BRINKER, REMBRANDT, ERASMUS, SPINOZA, VERMEER and of ERNEST CLAES, GUIDO GEZELLE AND PAUL RUBENS?
Hans BrinkerFor some people it is difficult to find the Netherlands on the globe. The country is so small that the name has to be written in the sea. Many Americans are familiar with the story of Hans Brinker; or The Silver Skates.
In the Netherlands people know the story of Hans Brinkers. The story tells that he saved the country by putting his finger in a leak in the dike.
About 130 years ago Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge wrote the famous book Hans Brinker; or The Silver Skates. In her book she writes about The Hero of Haarlem, a blond boy who put his fingers in the dike to save the city of Haarlem.
Nobody knows if this story is true, but if so, Hans Brinker(s) mother-tongue was Dutch. And today there are about 16,2 million people in the Netherlands, about 6 million in Belgium and an estimated one million in the rest of the world speak Dutch, including Surinam with 330 000 people and the Dutch Antilles and Aruba with 220 000 people. In South Africa many people can understand Dutch.
By the way in Amsterdam there is the Hans Brinker Hotel. Visit their interesting
http://www.hans-brinker.com/ website.

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