As someone who is trying to learn Dutch you will have to insist everybody speak Dutch with you, specially if you sound like English is your native language. But once people switch to Dutch with you, most do not switch back.
I have seen that in many friends who learned Dutch as adults here.
@hippietrail Well, Bokmål isn't really a spoken language, it's a purely a written one, but you could say it's my native one because it's the one I was taught to read and write in school. But they also made an attempt to teach me Nynorsk. Where are you from?
not so far as i know but a couple of years ago in china when i told somebody my name was Dunbar he said oh there's a town in china called Danba, which sounds the same to Chinese ears, which is find because it's adapted from a strange language related to Tibetan and not really chinese
i'm told they're called diaolou in chinese, but when you read the wikipedia article on diaolou it describes 20th century reinforced concrete structures designed to look a bit traditional whereas the ones in Danba are medieval
Dunbar Castle is the remnants of one of the strongest fortresses in Scotland, situated in a prominent position overlooking the harbour of the town of Dunbar, in East Lothian.
== Early history ==
The Votadini or Gododdin, are thought to have been the first to defend this site, the Brythonic name Dyn Barr, (the fort of the point) is still in use. By the 7th century, Dunbar Castle was a central defensive position of the Kings of Bernicia, an Anglian kingdom that took over from the British Kingdom of Bryneich.
=== Northumbria ===
During the Early Middle Ages, Dunbar Castle was held by an Ea...
> In the 10th and early 11th century, the Norsemen made increasing inroads in Scotland and in 1005 a record exists of a Patrick de Dunbar, under Malcolm II, engaged against the Norse invaders in the north at Murthlake a town of Marr where alongside Kenneth, Thane of the Isles, and Grim, Thane of Strathearn, he was slain.
The title Earl of Dunbar, also called Earl of Lothian or Earl of March, was the head of a comital lordship in south-eastern Scotland between the early 12th century and the early 15th century. The first man to use the title of Earl in this earldom was Gospatric II, Earl of Lothian, son of Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria. It descended to George de Dunbar, 11th Earl of March, who was forfeited by parliament of his titles & estates in 1435, and retired into obscurity in England. His son Patrick retained a barony at Kilconquhar in Fife.
The title of Earl of Dunbar was resurrected in 1605 was for George...
I pretty much agree.
The way it currently works, HNQ undermines the whole way the reputation and badge system works.
As a recent example, on the site at which I'm the most active, my second most upvoted answer ever is an extremely trivial, short, basic answer that I put nearly no effort into....