I just had my first cycling argument in Dutch!
Maybe not one to be proud of, but whatever, it's progress on the language front.
On the way home, I take a one way street and sometimes hop the curb to the sidewalk and pull right up to my doorway. When I do this, I always signal with my hand. Usually, I'll check behind me too, but not all the time. It's a rather mellow street. (I don't curb hop if there are pedestrians around.)
Today, I was cycling about 2 feet away and parallel from the sidewalk. Apparently a lady was cycling up fast behind me intent on clearing me in those two feet (and not the other 10 feet of the road). I signalled with my hand that I was going left, but apparently she didn't see it. Instead she came up very close, swerved and then sped by, yelling at me.
Well, the New Yorker me hasn't died out yet, because I yelled back.
Grumpy lady: (angry dutch sounds, moet je hand... angry)
Me: Ik met de hand! Je kijk niet!
Grumpy lady: (Angrier dutch, fading as she rides away)
Me: Ik denk je kijk niet!
I don't know who's right or wrong, but I did what I was supposed to do. It's a quiet street. It's dark. I don't know how she managed to not see me... I guess she wasn't expecting that I'd be going onto the sidewalk- but that's what the hand signals are for!