Nederlands vs. English

Carlo, our new blogger, is already complaining about us being blogging in Dutch. And that even before he has contributed anything to our little .Text implementation! In Holland we’d say: “Nog maar net nieuw, en nu al praatjes.”

But seriously… We started these weblogs on our intranet, where all of us blogging in Dutch was the most natural choice. Now that we’re out in the open, we’d get a much, much larger audience if we’d started blogging in English.

So how about it? Please respond, both bloggers and readers.

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20 Responses

  1. — English translation follows —

    Mij maakt ‘t niets uit. πŸ™‚

    — English translation —

    I couldn’t care less… πŸ™‚

  2. Mischa Kroon says:

    ehh heeft alletwee zijn voordelen en nadelen.

    engels = groter publiek

    nederlands = makkelijker voor sommige mensen.

    en het heeft ook wel wat om dit soort dingen gewoon in het nederlands te lezen.

  3. Paul Gielens says:

    Finally a LogicaCMG employee with common sense πŸ˜‰

    Problem is you’d be able to provide more depth when writing in your native language. At least that’s something I’ve experienced. Not to mention we tend to write β€œrude” English, something Frans B already experienced in the newsgroups.

  4. @Paul: Then we can finally give away that "Employee with common sense" award. We’ve been searching for ages for someone with common sense within our company! πŸ™‚

    About the depth in an article, you’re definitly correct. There are lots of words I can read in English, but will never use in my writings. That’s probaby because all words I use are from connecting the words actors say with the subtitles below. Those aren’t very often technical IT terms or other words you’d find in writings. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, I’ll count both your reactions as a pro to Dutch, our native language.

  5. Patrick Bes says:

    It is also quite easy to write rude Dutch ;). But the bigger audience is definitely a strong point to switch to English , so I vote for English.

  6. Marco says:

    (rude mode)


    (normal mode)

    Good idea, let’s go for english!

  7. English 2 votes

    Nederlands 2 stemmen

    Oei, de spanning is om te snijden!

    Uhm, I mean… the tension is cutting edge!


  8. Patrick Bes says:

    @Marco: Do you make this decision in blogger mode or in reader mode? πŸ™‚

  9. @Patrick: He even didn’t use his blog url in his reaction! πŸ™‚

  10. Jan Schreuder says:


    It makes no bag out. But than well so correct possible englist trying to write, not the woody stringy english that you sometimes come against πŸ˜€


    Het maakt geen zak uit. Maar dan wel zo correct mogelijk in het engels proberen te schrijven, niet het houtjetouwtje engels dat je wel eens tegen komt πŸ˜€

  11. Patrick Wellink says:

    I couldn’t agree more….


    Ik kan het er niet meer mee eens zijn !

  12. It’s great you guys agree. But I still don’t know if you guys are pro dutch or pro english.

  13. I’ll use whatever the majority wants. English or Dutch doesn’t make any difference to me. Given the choice, I’d probably stick to Dutch. The fact that we now have a bigger audience is no argument to switch to english. Just ask the French ;p

  14. Joris says:



    So English for me.

  15. I forgot Carlo’s vote… So with Joris’ vote, it’s:

    English : 4

    Dutch : 2

    Couldn’t care less: 4 or something? πŸ™‚

  16. Rene says:

    I can try in english but I think I express myself much better in dutch

  17. Wat we eventueel ook kunnen doen, is Nederlandse en Engelse bloggers scheiden. De aggregated feed laat dan één taal zien (waarschijnlijk Engels) en als je de Nederlandse wilt zien, kun je je daar apart op abonneren…

  18. Carlo Poli says:

    Ok, so I’m new and already starting a ‘religious’ discussion. I’m afraid I will contribute to the woody-stringy English, that Jan is afraid of ;-).

    But I prefer English anyway because I think I can really contribute to the community and I would like the adience to be as big as possible so I can get as much reaction as possible. But I can understand that some other say it raises the bar to post for them and I would regret that. So I will go with whatever the majority wants.

  19. Until now, that’s English, so… πŸ˜‰

  20. Ernst says:

    Frankly, my darling, I don’t give a d*mn…

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