Re: [DESG] Lived in Maastricht (1966-1969)
- Hi Jim,
Sorry for the delay!
I actually lived in an apartment in Maastricht, since as an E-4 in the
USAF, I was not required to lived at the Tapijn Kaserne. My first
work assignment was the PTT Tower on the West side of town. After a
few months, I was transferred to the C-Sector Mobile Maintenance Team,
which was located in Roclenge sur Geer, in Belgium, though I continued
to live in Maastricht.
I visited Maastricht for a week in 1994 and spent time with old
My Dutch continues to improve, but I will never be fluent with the
language, I believe. I probably spend more time with Afrikaans at
this time, because it seems more of a challenge for me.
Thanks for the response!
--- In DUTCH-ENGLISH-STUDY-GROUP@yahoogroups.com, Jim <jlawton@...> wrote:
> Where were you stationed in Maastricht? On my second tour in Europe,
my last two years (1982-84) I worked at the small U.S. Army AFCENT
Reserve Corps hq on Tapijn Kaserne in Maastricht. My family lived in
Geleen, about 15 mins away.
> Welcome to the group. There is a wealth of helpful and friendly
Dutch people in our group. Why are you learning Dutch again? Have you
been back to NL since the 60s?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Larry McElhiney <larry@...>
> Sent: Jun 16, 2005 10:43 AM
> To: DUTCH-ENGLISH-STUDY-GROUP@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [DESG] Lived in Maastricht (1966-1969)
> Hello All,
> I was stationed in Maastricht with NATO while in the US Air Force in
> 1966-1969. I roomed with different families there for 36 months and
> learned a lot about the culture and "languages".
> That, now, is my problem. I was exposed to Nederlandse as a
> language on television and sometimes on the radio. I heard
> Limburg's Dialect on a daily basis on the local radio stations and
> with the local people for the most part. I worked in Belgium a lot
> and heard a lot of Vlaams and other local dialects. To make matters
> worse, I have spent time in South Africa and have learned some
> Afrikaans. My language is confused!
> I read much better than anything else and that has been enhanced by
> getting the news from Radio Nederland online every day. I
> understand a lot when I listen, but not as much. My writing and
> speaking abilities are very limited.
> I would like to learn to write in Dutch and in return I will be
> happy to help anyone with their English understanding.
> I send a big thank you to you all!
> Stay well,
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