In the Netherlands, when a student has passed his/her exams and has graduated from whatever level of schooling they were in, they hang their school bags out the top floor window as a sign that they are geslaagd, or graduated or passed their exams.  Don’t try to pronounce the word.  It sounds like throat clearing on the first and last syllables and a long nasal aaaa in between.

You know its June when you start seeing these bags hanging out of windows all over town.

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  1. That brings back good memories – I can still remember the day when I got the phonecall saying ‘congratulations, you’re geslaagd’. And then a big bunch of flowers from my dad a couple of hours later. I felt so grown up!

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