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Although I've lived in the Province of Groningen during my childhood, I only learned to speak the Groninger Dialect (called Grunns) when I was about 18 years old.
I don't use this dialect very often anymore, but I do think it is fun. So here are some fun words for you, hahaha, and maybe you can use it when you visit Groningen :-)
Blue = Gronings
Green = Dutch
Violet = English
Moi! - Goedendag! - Hi!
Grunneger - Groninger - A person from Groningen
Stad - Stad Groningen - The city of Groningen
Reiez'n - Reizen - Travel
Vlaigtuug - Vliegtuig - Airplane
Dik-doun-in-toene - Barbecuen - Barbeque
Maus - Boerenkool - Kale
Olle wiev'n toon'n - Tuinbonen - Broad beans
Hazzens - Hersenen - Brains
Guster - Gisteren - Yesterday
Stevels - Laarzen - Wellies
Pafken - Roken - Smoking
Boksem - Broek - Trousers
Bossem - Schoorsteenmantel - mantelpiece
Groimn - Morsen - Spill
Kwengeln - Morsen - Spill
Hansn - handschoenen - Mittens
Jeuzeln - Zeuren - Nag
Joegel - Smerig drankje - Nasty tasting drink
Kweer - Mierzoet - Very sweet tasting
Mui(de) - Moe - Tired
Scheuvel - Schaats - Skate
Sikkom - Bijna - Almost
Slik - Snoep - Candy
The people of Groningen don't like to brag, and also don't give BIG compliments...... well...... it is a compliment, but to the rest of The Netherlands it doesn't sound like that. So if someone says to you "Mmm, nait slecht, mien jong" which means "Not bad", a Groninger is actually saying that you did a very good job! Hahaha, it does need some getting used to!
Or like the Groningers like to say :
'Dou mor gewoon ... din doust al gek genog".
Updated Jan 29, 2005
It s habit to greet one and other when passing by. Just a short 'hi' or 'hoi', nothing much and you do not need to look the other in the eye. You might think it strange for down to earth living people like the Groningers are, but you ll soon get to like this habit.
Updated Feb 11, 2003
The Groningers are down to earth, sober living folks.
We shake hands....really, as if we are pumping someone once told me. Firm grip and shake!
Written Dec 15, 2002
Martini Hotel Groningen
4 Reviews and 30 Opinions large,ish hotel warm greeting secure parking (vital for motorcycles nice bar