Dutch Words and Phrases


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Hello. Hallo. (HAH-low)

How are you? Hoe gaat het? (hoo GAHT hut?)
Fine, thank you. Goed, dank u. (GOOT, dahnk uu)
Fine, thank you. (informal) Goed, dank je. (GOOT, dahnk yuh)

What is your name? Hoe heet u? (hoo HAYT uu?)
What is your name? (informal) Hoe heet je? (hoo HAYT yuh?)
My name is ______ . Mijn naam is ______ . (meyn NAHM is _____ .)

Nice to meet you. Aangename kennismaking. (AHN-guh-NAH-muh KAN-nis-MAHK-ing), or simply Aangenaam (AHN-guh-NAHM)

Please. Alstublieft. (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT)
Thank you. Dank u. (DAHNK uu)Thank you. (informal) Dank je. (DAHNK yuh)
You’re welcome. Graag gedaan. (GRAHG guh-DAHN)
Yes. Ja. (YAH)

No. Nee. (NAY)
Excuse me. (getting attention) Mag ik even uw aandacht. (mahg ick AYvuhn uuw ahnDAGHT ) or simply Pardon (PAR-don)
Excuse me. (begging pardon) Sorry. (SOHR-ree)

I’m sorry. Sorry. (SOHR-ree)
Goodbye Tot ziens. (TOT seens)
I can’t speak Dutch. Ik spreek geen Nederlands. (ick SPRAYK gayn NAY-dur-lawnts)

I can’t speak Dutch well. Ik spreek niet goed Nederlands. (ick SPRAYK neet goot NAY-dur-lawnts)
Do you speak English? Spreekt u Engels? (SPRAYKT uu ENG-uls?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? Spreekt hier iemand Engels? (SPRAYKT here EE-mahnt ENG-uls?)

Help! Help! (HEHLP!)
Good morning. Goedemorgen. (GOO-duh-MORE-gun)
Good afternoon. Goedemiddag (GOO-duh-MID-dahg)

Good evening. Goedenavond. (Goo-duhn-AH-vunt)
Good night. Goedenavond. (Goo-duhn-AH-vunt)
Good night (to sleep) Slaap lekker. (SLAHP leck-uhr)

I don’t understand. Ik begrijp het niet. (ick buh-GRAYP hut neet)
Where is the toilet? Waar is het toilet? (WAHR is hut twah-LET?)

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