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.

One thought on “Geslaagd!

  1. Cybèle June 22, 2009 / 12:37

    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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