Tag: Volkskrant

15/1/2009

Big Dutch newspaper double whammy

Filed under: — Natashka @ 1:53 pm
De VolkskrantJan Peter Balkenende

Maybe the journalist who wrote this wrote it really, really quickly and late at night. Maybe. But it’s still full frontal Dunglish in a big newspaper. This is part of an article in today’s De Volkskrant about the social media network LinkedIn. This message was what the journalist sent to try and get Barack Obama to link to him, which failed. So much for making a good impression. And I have Dutch friends who are linked to Mr. Obama.

A thumbs up for using American English (honor vs. honour). A big thumbs down for using “when” instead of “if”. The “media-affairs” is because in Dutch the wrong way it would be “mediaaffairs” and read like a headache. And so the proper Dutch spelling makes for improper English. It’s tough, I know.

I could go on, but I’ll let you have some too.

However, the article also quotes Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende’s profile and incidentally the nice mistake about where he works. It’s all about making a good impression. Maybe the Netherlands should be run more like a company!

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