cdm2003 wrote: My Belgian relatives insist that Flemish is not Dutch
You can't understand them because the vocabulary is different or because the pronunciation is different even though the vocabulary is largely the same?Adelheid wrote:cdm2003 wrote: My Belgian relatives insist that Flemish is not Dutch
When my Belgian cousins start speaking West-Flemish, there is no way I (speaking Dutch) can understand them. I wouldn't call it Dutch myself. The official language in Flanders (a part of Belgium) is Dutch, but dialects are spoken. Some see Flemish not as a dialect, but as a language on its own.
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