Italian twins will make you want to learn Dutch

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Identical twins Ermano and Roberto who live in Sulmona, Italy and have never set foot in the Netherlands were interviewed by linguist Marc van Oostendorp of website Onzetaal.nl. They have recognisable Italian accents when they speak Dutch, but their syntax (word order) sounds pretty good, and they even correct themselves as they speak. They are motivated as well, which is more than I can say for many people here who can’t be arsed to learn Dutch.

These Ermano and Roberto are the antidote to that apathy. They are fans of Dutch television presenter Hans van der Togt, associated with the show ‘Raad van Fortuin’, (Dutch version of ‘Wheel of Fortune’,) and when asked what city they would like to visit if they could, they choose Maastricht first because they also watch television show ‘Flikken’ (‘Cops’), which is filmed there. Oh, and they watch satellite television because that’s the only way to get RTL4, their favourite station.

For all of you who can’t be arsed, the brothers’ enthusiasm is contagious, as is the charming way they finish each other’s sentences. And you’ll want to see them one day make that bucket list trip to the Netherlands, but since they have demanding jobs as cleaners, it won’t be easy, although it would be very cool.

Watch this Dutch video with English subtitles and some Italian countryside:

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  1. The twins are motivated BECAUSE to them the Netherlands is probably an ideal. Italians in general suffer from some kind of inferiority complex, and look at Northen Europe as if it was heaven on earth. Most people I know in the Netherlands who don’t want to learn Dutch, say they are annoyed by the Dutch sense of superiority and entitlement in thinking they are “freeing” others by imposing their culture and their language. That is why they are not motivated to learn Dutch and mostly this is their way to make a point.

    Comment by M. — September 20, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

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