Talk:Languages of the Netherlands
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As far as I can see, there is no contradiction whatsoever between the content of this article and that of nl:Nederlandse dialecten, let alone a serious one. Who is responsible for this tag and on what grounds could it have been assigned? I am very curious to hear which reservations on whose side there possibly could be here. It looks like some unexplicable mystery. -- Ad43 (talk) 14:35, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
English and German
In the infobox, English is listed twice: once as regional language (as it is the official language in the BES-municipalities) and once as major foreign language. Should it actually be listed as foreign language while it is recognised as an official language in NL? Furthermore, in the infobox German is listed as spoken by 70% of the population, while on nl.wikipedia in nl:Duitse taal in Nederland it is written that only around 55% of the Dutch population can communicate somewhat in German (and probably far worse than in English too). As on nl.wikipedia, I would like to see some source for this. PPP (talk) 11:44, 19 December 2012 (UTC)
No, it is only official in certain territories, the same way that Frisian is not a national language either, only in Frisia. As for the German I don't know exactly, but I suspect that is the difference between the number of people having had some formal German classes (most secondary school forms do), and the one that currently respond they can communicate in German somewhat.
One of the problems with most people's German is too little practice, leading to decreasing German skills after having left school. That said, most of the English practice is with non native English speakers too (e.g. exchange students, immigrants, tourists etc), and the result is that the English tends to turn into a hotchpot 188.8.131.52 (talk) 10:28, 26 May 2016 (UTC)