Within a radius of about 250 meters around my residence, there are also families from China, India, Chile, Turkey, Egypt, Norway and Scotland. And no doubt there are more nationalities to be found. My research wasn’t that intricate.
Last week, an Italian moving van unloaded.
In our neighbourhood, we talk in English and, if possible, occasionally use a word or phrase in Dutch as well.
At one of the neighbouring primary schools, there are pupils from more than 40 different countries. What is called multilingual education is offered there: 50% of the lessons are given in English.
What was once Latin is now English. The lingua franca of our time, that much is clear.

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