Expression of the month: 2013-12

In winter erwtensoep (pea soup) is very popular. Depending on the weather, stamppot and winter soups are eaten from fall to the beginning of spring. It is commonly believed that a bowl of erwtensoep tastes better when it’s freezing outside. Which may be true, as in winter it is often served at outdoor activities.

typical dutch erwtensoep

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this is the last expression-of-the-month of 2013

In het land der blinden … [spreekwoord]


In het land der blinden is éénoog koning

Literal translation: “In the land of the blind, one-eye is king.”
Meaning: “Where none can do something, the one who has even a little knowledge has the power”
English equivalent: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”

Als de kat van huis is… [Spreekwoord]


Als de kat van huis is, dansen de muizen op tafel

Literal Translation: “When the cat is away from home, the mice dance on the table”
Meaning: “Grabbing the opportunity when nobody watches”.
Better English: “While the cat’s away, the mice will play”.