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Why the Dutch always say what they mean

Why are the Dutch so straightforward?

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Dutch directness and British politeness are distinct cultural characteristics that often contrast with each other.

The Dutch value honesty and efficiency, which is reflected in their direct communication style. They openly express their thoughts and opinions, even if it means being straightforward or confrontational.

On the other hand, the British prioritize politeness and adhering to social norms. They aim to maintain harmony and avoid confrontation by using indirect language and subtle cues.

While the Dutch may perceive the British as excessively polite and indirect, the British may find the Dutch too direct or even impolite. Recognizing and understanding these cultural differences can facilitate effective communication and mutual understanding between the two.


• Blunt: Speaking or expressing oneself in a direct and straightforward manner without hesitation or ambiguity.

• Stark: Clear and noticeable.

• Dance around: To avoid addressing or confronting an issue directly.

• Vague: Unclear or imprecise in meaning or expression.

• Deep-rooted: Firmly established or ingrained in the core or foundation of something.

• Rude: Behaving or speaking in a disrespectful or impolite manner.

• Ingrained: Firmly established or deeply rooted in a person's behavior or way of thinking.

• Offense: An act or statement that causes hurt, resentment, or displeasure.

• Hedging: Using cautious or evasive language to avoid being too direct or definite.

Source: BBC

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