Common Dutch Sentences/Words

90% of the Netherland’s population speaks English on a fluent level, which makes practicing the language a bit difficult when you want to put your new language skills into practice. Dutch is one of the easiest languages to learn for especially native-English speakers; besides sentence structure, many words are similar to English. Then there are words in Dutch which cannot be directly translated to English, most famously “Gezellig” like “Hygge” in Danish, is that warm cosy/fun/comfortable feeling/atmosphere you may feel when spending time with your friends/family or doing activities. There are so many excellent schools where you can learn Dutch, also there are groups on Facebook in your city/town where you can meet others wanting to practice your new language, Apps and YouTube videos which you can follow and so on. For now, here are some daily sentences and words which you can already put in practice.

Everyday greetings/manners

Hello

Hallo

Goede…

morgen

middag

avond

Good…

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

 

Good-bye

Doei

Dag

Tot ziens

 Thank you

Dank u

Dank u wel (frm)

Bedankt

Dank je wel (inf)

Please

Alstublieft (frm)

Alsjeblieft (inf)

Use either as a way to reply to “thank you”

Excuse me

Excuseert u mij

Sorry

Het spijt me

Pardon

Sorry

Have a nice day

Nog een pretigge dag

Een goede dag verder

Useful Questions

Do you speak English?

Spreekt u Engels?

Where are the toilets?

Kunt u mij helpen?

Could you please help me?

Waar is het toilet?

Where can I find…

Waar kan ik de … vinden?

Could you talk a bit slower?

Kunt u wat langzamer praten?

Could you repeat that please?

Kunt u herhalen?

Food

You can find the big list of delicious Dutch delicacies here. Here are more common foods/drinks translated.

Eten & drinken

Food & drink

Groente

Vegetables

Fruit

Fruit

Brood

Bread

Kaas

Cheese

Melk

Milk

Koffie

Coffee

Thee

Tea

Bier

Beer

Wijn

Wine

Vlees

Meat

Snoep

Sweets

Weather

Het weer

The weather

Het weerbericht

Weather forecast

Lekker/Mooi weer

Nice weather

Temperatuur

Temperature

Thermometer

Themometer

Graden

Degrees

Zon

Zonneschijn

Sun

Sunshine

Slecht weer

Bad weather

Regen

Rain

Sneeuw

Snow

Hagel

Hail

Wind

Wind

Wolk

Cloud

Donder

Thunder

Bliksem

Lightning

Days of the week

Monday

Maandag

Tuesday

Dinsdag

Wednesday

Woensdag

Thursday

Donderdag

Friday

Vrijdag

Saturday

Zaterdag

Sunday

Zondag

 

 

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