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Baby Steps

This is my first week of Dutch learning at nearby Da Vinci College, Gorinchem, Holland.
I'm guessing I have the vocabulary of a 2/3-year old!

Miles to go before I sleep.
So far so good!

Baby Steps

This is my first week of Dutch learning at nearby Da Vinci College, Gorinchem, Holland.
I'm guessing I have the vocabulary of a 2/3-year old!

Miles to go before I sleep.
So far so good!

comments (56)

  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 19 May 2010, 00:30
God Luck my friend. I hope you'll have a wonderful time learning Dutch smile
Ginnie Hart: It will be a blast, I'm sure, Frida, especially with Astrid at home helping me. smile Thanks.
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 19 May 2010, 01:03
Veel succes! grin
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Cherise. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 May 2010, 01:12
Wonderful picture, Ginnie. The standout feature for me is the excellent palette.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. A touch of Dutch oranje. :
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 01:46
This is such a sweet shot, stay positive, you will do fine with it and be speaking fluently before you even expect it
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, JJ. I probably know more than I think I do, especially when it comes to reading Dutch. It's the speaking and writing that is the challenge!
What a sweet capture, Ginnie. They look a bit like wooden bowling pins. The little fellow has already knocked a couple over and now he's going after the remaining ones.

With so many people cheering you on, Ginnie, you will move above the 2/3-year old vocabulary in no time at all.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Beverly, they ARE bowling pins from days of yore. They had all kinds of fun things like this for the kids the day we were at the castle. This little fella caught my eye because of the bunny charm and his pacifier. smile Thanks.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 04:11
those are beautiful antique bowling pins, Ginnie! Exciting that you're learning Dutch, and I know you'll do great!
Ginnie Hart: That day at the castle they had all kinds of fun things for the kids to do. This little fella really caught my eye. Thanks, Alex.
A very sweet photo..good luck learning dutch!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Sandu. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 May 2010, 05:40
Well, my Dear Loving Lady grin, you are doing more than good so far.
I am really impressed the way you handle and tackle the Dutch language.
Baby steps, a good foundation, that will be the secret of learning.
A wonderful capture to go with it, great great colours....BTW, that is a bunny dangling from the coat-zipper....a lucky charm maybe for you??
Ginnie Hart: My good foundation has been YOU, MLMA, for almost 3 years now. BEDANKT! Now we're getting down to brass tacks, as we say, to grab this bull by the horns. Thanks for the link to Dick Bruna and his incredible work. WOW. He's a legend!
Well you have to start somewhere Ginnie!

Love the picture
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill. At the very beginning is preferable! smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 May 2010, 07:18
Leerse, dat doen je een wonder. 'T is gewoon een verjongenskuur.
Excellent picture.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, kind sir. I love it. smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 May 2010, 07:35
One word about the photo;Excellent.
We all have to crawl at some point in all that we do Ginnie. It makes you appreciate it when you stand up tall, because looking at those knees reminds you where you are coming from smile
Ginnie Hart: So very true, SAVO. So very true. (Especially the part about the kness. grin ) Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 May 2010, 07:43
een fijn vondst- haha! Ik heb net in mijn woordenboek nagekeken om het woordje voor 'dummy/pacifier' te vinden: 'fopspeen', 'tut' (we say 'Schnuller and we have also a 'Schnuller-Baum/tree' near my apartment, a kind of ritual, where all the pacifiers hang the kids once left while growing up older)- my good wishes for you, baby Ginnie, but I'm sure that you may grow up with giant strides/or steps!
Ginnie Hart: You've just reminded me of how we weaned our kids from their pacifiers, Philine, all those years ago. We started with a little pin hole and then snipped off little pieces with the scissors till it was no longer appealing to suck. It worked. But I do like the idea of a tree full of pacifiers for all the kids of the neighborhood to see just how far they have come. smile Hopefully I WILL make giant strides in these days to come, lieve vriend.
Super photo Ginnie, of this child having some daring fun. But why, oh why, are walking children allowed to walk and play with those dummies/pacifiers stuck in their mouths?

I bet your Dutch is like my Spanish. Halting, with a limited vocubulary with a lot of useless words and not enough essential ones. You are spurring me on..
Ginnie Hart: I have been amazed at how many kids I see walking around with pacifiers in their mouths, Sheila. I don't have the faintest clue. Our kids (all those years ago) had their pacifiers in bed only and were not allowed them once they were up. And then we weaned them from them even in bed by first a little pin hole and then snipped off little pieces with the scissors till it was no longer appealing to suck. There was method to our madness back then. smile

Anyway, if I can inspire you to learn Spanish better while I learn Dutch, I'll be delighted. Spanish, actually, is my second language but doesn't help me out too much here, I'm afraid!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 19 May 2010, 08:25
dutch? it's all greek to me! hehe, what a cute little boy, nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Elaine. At least I can distinguish Dutch from most other languages by now...but I still have a long way to go. Thanks. smile
Wondeful capture Ginnie.
Nice to hear that you've already reached this level.
Ginnie Hart: The older we get, the farther back to childhood we go, right, Richard?! grin
approaches for a spare!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Fabrizio! smile Grazie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 May 2010, 08:44
It'll be baby steps at first Ginnie: the leaps & bounds come later
Ginnie Hart: Something to look forward to, then, Chris! smile Thanks.
Very good presentation and framing for this beautiful photograph , congratulation, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland. Merci.
I'll can say to this Awww. Well, maybe also Excellent!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Odd. smile
great capture Ginnie, love it a lot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chantal. Hartstikke bedankt, I mean. smile
I like the colour treatment, and your description lends a very good interpretation to the image.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ade. Couldn't help but make the connection. smile
What an adorable shot, Ginnie. Look at it all with his innocence and you will soar.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mary. These kids do grow up...so why can't I!!! smile
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 09:55
wow Ginnie...he is so cute!
I love the pp..Why don't I know how to do that?
Ginnie Hart: You could just eat him up, I know, Nadiuska. smile Thanks. BTW, when do you leave the Netherlands for good? We don't want to miss you!
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2010, 12:24
that little chap has very articulate fingers
happy homework in the evenings with Astrid
what joy and the more that you learn, the more you will have to share
Ginnie Hart: I know, JIM. I could just eat him up! smile And yes, Astrid and I are already having so much fun. She is a saint with how much patience she has. She knows I'm trying and that means a lot to us both!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 12:58
This one is so sweet. Especially love the little pacifier in his mouth. And - yes - baby steps..but you are taking them. One at a time!
Ginnie Hart: I'll just keep remembering how quickly these babies grow up, Marcie. That'll give me hope. Thanks. smile
A wondeful learning age..I wonder what he's thinking now.
A cute picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're so right, Ron. Thanks.
Superb toning Ginnie, he is cute, the skittles are nearly as big as himsmile
Ginnie Hart: He was so fun to watch, Linda, yes. Thanks.
What a great picture of this little boy Ginnie, I love his dummy with the attached cuddly toy.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Brian. I couldn't take my eyes off of him. smile Thanks.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 19 May 2010, 14:10
schattige foto!
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 14:59
Babies do grow up and you certainly will.
Ginnie Hart: I believe in the process, Kanyi. Thanks for your encouragement!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 15:53
Reminds me of our oldest son. He had three Nuks. One for his mouth and one in each hand. He grew beyond it though. Wonderful concentration on his face and I love those cobble streets.
Ginnie Hart: That image of 3 Nuks is just precious, Sherri. How sweet. Thanks for sharing. smile
Oh! Look at that. How sweet!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Albert. I could eat him up.
He's probably wondering where are their faces. Did he knock them all down? Great capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: He didn't knock them all down when I was there, Janet, but he sure was trying to figure them out. His older brother was helping him for awhile but I was able to get him by himself. Thanks.
How adorable! Are those bowling pins?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Larry. They're old-fashioned bowling pins. There were all kinds of old, vintage games/toys for the kids to play with that day. So fun.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 19 May 2010, 16:57
baby steps is just about right.. grin goes well with this image you have up here now.. smile great shot.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I was glad the "connection" seemed to work, Rian. smile Thanks.
I love this picture; the child is really cute and so intent on those antique bowling pins. Amazing capture!
I am sure you'll have no problem learning Dutch; my wish is just that you enjoy the process!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your wish, Mark, which is mine too...in fact Astrid and I were talking about it yesterday. I want to still have a life and not be obsessed with studies. Thanks again!
  • oscar
  • France
  • 19 May 2010, 18:39
oh! Nice
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Oscar. smile
The secret to a good life is to continue learning and it sounds like you have a wonderful life.
I love that soother in his mouth.
Ginnie Hart: I do have a wonderful life, Michael, and feel very lucky. I don't ever want to stop learning! Thank you.
Great pic of the little guy...I can't help but think that the soother is not a useful aid for speaking Dutch.

I hope it's not only going well for you Ginnie - but you're enjoying it too.
Ginnie Hart: No soother in my mouth, George, trust me. grin So far so good. Today is my 3rd day. Wednesdays are off, which is a nice break. Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 19 May 2010, 21:08
Bonsoir Ginnie. Superb photo. Colours are very very beautiful. Excellent travail. ////You will soon see on the blog the recipe of her stewed fruit à such Rhubarb Antoine. It's very good and It's very good for the health.. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Antoine. Nothing like good rhubarb sauce (the word we use in English). I'll look forward to seeing it. smile Merci.
Let us know when you can say "Nice one. Ginnie" in Dutch smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Een hele mooie foto! grin (with Astrid's help, of course)
great candid, and nicely processed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rob.
what a great cute shot here, love the tonal values here ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Derek.
Ginnie, this is just delightful. Your colors are wonderful as always. The texture in those pins is terrific. the entire image is quite moving. well done!

and good luck with the classes smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks as always, Charles, for your kind words.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 20 May 2010, 06:39
i just love youth experience! you can pretty much get away from touching anything lol.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Liang. Yes, you are so right. grin
  • Tinuke
  • Nigeria
  • 20 May 2010, 10:20
Ginnie Hart: THANK YOU, Teekay. smile
Yuor head is probably ringing with all the new information!
What a nice photo to illustrate your knowledge of Dutch!
Ginnie Hart: 3 dagen so far this week, Wim. Wednesdays are off. And yes, my head is FULL. This is good. I'm really enjoying the process thus far. Not too overwhelmed yet. smile
He's really cute and you've photographed him so beautifully Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: He totally captured my attention, Pavan...but so different from your street urchins! Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 20 May 2010, 18:23
Way to go Ginnie - really inspirational, makes me go and learn another language, a goal I've been putting on hold for the longest time.

Your processing is truly amazing. The composition of this image is superb.
Ginnie Hart: And which language would you learn, Maria??? If I could speak Dutch as well as I speak Spanish, I would be that much farther ahead. Oh well. smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 20 May 2010, 21:18
So sweet!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Beth. smile Thanks.
Hesitation???? I love colors. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Those little ones are always learning from what they do with those little hands, right?! smile Merci, Valérie.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 24 May 2010, 12:33
This is such a beautiful capture. Really love the treatment too - great tones. You do have a great eye, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sil. Thank you kindly for your support. It means a lot coming from you.
  • Esther
  • Malaysia
  • 25 May 2010, 05:04
I have NO doubt you will excel in your Dutch studies, Ginnie!

And this is such an endearing picture. You have such a good eye!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for your support and encouragement, Esther. It means the world to me.
Veel succes Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Nigel. smile
So beautifully times...a lovely image, from a great viewpoint with fabulous detail, tones and textures...great shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to backtrack, Pavan. Thank you kindly!
what a lovely little fella. and i am sure your Dutch very fluent in over a couple of years
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ayush. Thank you! smile

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