Marco Schuffelen has a “Linguistics for Laypeople” page featuring Germanic material, especially Schuffelen’s native Dutch; besides a very interesting collection of Hebrew words that entered Dutch via Yiddish (occasionally quite different in meaning from parallel forms in English, eg gotspe ‘insolent brutality’ vs chutzpah), there is the excellent Dutch Pronounced!, which gives mp3 files for just about any Dutch name you might want to hear: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Pieter Bruegel, Huygens, Van Leeuwenhoek, Pim Fortuyn, Guus Hiddink, Edsger Dijkstra, Johan Cruyff, Max Euwe, ‘s Gravenhage, Waterloo… There are even names not borne by Dutchmen that you might be curious to hear a Dutchman say: Roosevelt, Van Buren, Richard Posthumus. A useful service indeed, considering the difficulty of correctly pronouncing Dutch vowels (even with this aid, I despair of ever getting the -uy- diphthong right). Thanks for the Hebrew/Dutch link go to the always worthwhile Taccuino di traduzione.

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