I organized our bookcase yesterday. One shelf is devoted to languages. Very easily and cheaply, I’ve accumulated around 60 items within a couple of months. More than a metre’s worth in over 15 languages.
German books were the easiest to obtain. Next comes Dutch.
Once, Dutch immigrants made up 1% of New Zealand’s population—30,000 out of 3 million. Dad arrived on the 2nd ship in 1951, Mum a couple of years later. In Wellington they met.
Dad passed on a few years ago. Mum has surpassed him in years. She forgets things, but can still read Dutch and German.