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Dutch Language

Dutch Language

 

Dutch Language

The native language of The Netherlands is Dutch. Dutch language is not only spoken in The Netherlands, but also in the northern part of Belgium (South of the Netherlands) and overseas in Indonesia, Suriname, the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and St. Maarten). The foundation of the Dutch language in these countries arose with the international shipping trade during the 17th and 18th century. The Dutch language is a West Germanic language and closely related to German and English. The Dutch language is very difficult to get right. Because there are a lot of sounds, that don’t exist in English.

Many Dutch people speak English and most of them very well. Therefore it is no problem at all for English-speaking travelers to communicate with locals in Amsterdam. Dutch people love to practice their English on English speakers.

For those who are eager to learn, a short ‘good to go’ list:

The Basics in Dutch Language

ENG vlag klein

NL vlag klein

Hello (formal)
Hello (informal)
Good morning
Good afternoon
Good evening
Goodbeye
See you later
Do you speak English?
Yes / No
I don’t understand
Please (formal)
Please (informal)
Thank you
Hallo, Dag
Hoi
Goedemorgen
Goedemiddag
Goedenavond
Tot ziens
Tot straks
Spreekt u Engels?
Ja / Nee
Ik begrijp het niet
Alstublieft
Alsjeblieft
Bedankt

Travel & Shopping in Dutch Language

Money Exchange
ATM
Cash desk
Stamps
How do I get to…?
How far is it to …?
Near / far
Right / left
Straight ahead
Bike
Bicycle pump
Railway Station
Train
Closed / open

Geldwisselkantoor
Geldautomaat
Kassa
Postzegels
Hoe kom ik naar…?
Hoe ver is het naar …?
Dichtbij / ver
Rechts / links
Rechtuit
Fiets
Fietspomp
Treinstation
Trein
Gesloten / open

Days in Dutch Language

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Today
Tomorrow
Yesterday

Zondag
Maandag
Dinsdag
Woensdag
Donderdag
Vrijdag
Zaterdag
Vandaag
Morgen
Gisteren

For more information about Dutch Language go to the wikitravel Dutch Phrasebook website or you can order one of these books:

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