Do you celebrate the anniversary of your house? I do.
Postcard sent by Heleen (the Netherlands).
No, I can't even remember when it is.But is that normal Dutch?
Google says it's Afrikaans. I came with other Brabantian postcards, so... can it be Brabantian?
Youé right, Eva, it is a Dutch dialect: one of the (many!) dialects in the province of Noord-Brabant (in the south of NL). You'll probably have guessed the meaning: congratulations and good luck in your new home :-) This phrase in Afrikaans would be, according to translate.google: 'Baie geluk en sterkte in u nuwe huis'. Dutch and Afrikaans look similar, but there are some unexpected differences, for example 'sterkte' in Afrikaans apparently means 'good luck', while 'sterkte' in Dutch means 'strentgh' and is said in bad circumstances (e.g. in case of illness, or for someone who has (too) much (hard) work to do, or when someone has lost a dear one or when someone has to pass a difficult exam :-) )
But 'sterkte' would have been matching in the first time when you entered your house: when you had to do much work to manage all things (doors, floors, walls, and so on). (I'm a real snail as there is still an other card waiting since years to be sent for that occasion... :-\ )
Thanks, both for the postcard and the explanation :)
Which anniversary of the house? When it was built? When you moved into it? What is an a appropriate gift? A fresh coat of paint perhaps? New wiring? :)
I don't know exactly when the building was finished, so we celebrate when we first moved into the house. Or course, the house gets a present. Only it has to wait a bit this year; it will get a piece of furniture :)
Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.