What is an ‘OV-chipkaart’ (public transport pass with a chip in it)? Inspired by Hong Kong, it’s not in use yet, except in Rotterdam, but I haven’t seen one there yet and I’m there often. There’s also the ‘invisible link’: shove two sentences together and figure out what you need (answer: a ‘strippenkaart’ or ‘strip tickets’) because that’s the info they left out of the translation.
Allow me to demonstrate the experience of figuring this out when you don’t get the Dutch:
“This ticket vending machine is for travellers with a *%?&$. Please use the red vending machines.”
What if my Dutch friend lent me their pass and I need to top it up? What if I work in the Netherlands and I have one, but have just been here two months and can barely order a beer? What’s going to happen in 2007 when everyone will need a*%?&$ to get around? Someone stop me!