While Pawn considers whether to relocate to Europe, he is studying up on what may await him across the pond. This tip comes from How To Survive Holland a website run by the recruitment firm Undutchables :
Tip: If you try to speak Dutch to a native and your accent is foreign, they will immediately speak your language. If your accent is reasonably good they will speak Dutch to you very fast. If you then say, “Oops, langzamer als je blieft (slower please)”, they will again immediately revert to your language. There is no solution to this – I just thought you should know.
Peter Forster – Vanuatu
Pawn should be ready for this, having pleaded “slower please” for years now.