Local traditions and culture in Provincie Groningen

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    Dialect spoken in Groningen

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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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".

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    Say hi when you pass by

    by nighthawk Updated Feb 11, 2003

    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.

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    No kissing please :-)

    by nighthawk Written Dec 15, 2002

    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!

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