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Friday, September 5, 2014

'k Vraag het aan

Probably most of those who read this blog's title won't understand what it means. I even doubt the Dutch would.

'k Vraag het aan is a typical Flemish (dialect) expression. It's used by boys (or girls) when they ask their sweetheart to start a relationship. Something like 'do you wanna go with me?'.

Aanvragen also means to ask for something. I.e. a record you want to dedicate to someone special.

Now it's also the title of a radio program. Radio 2, the biggest radio broadcaster in Flanders, offers a week of asked-for records. Every one can mail or phone to ask for a tune and dedicate it to whom he or she likes.

Tomorrow there will be a top-100 of most asked records from the past week.

Just out of curiosity: how do you ask to start a relationship? Being a linguist I'm always interested in learning new expressions. All your responses are welcome. I understand French, German, Italian and Spanish. If you want to use another language, please also give a translation or a phonetical rendering. Thanks a lot!

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