Dutch Language, Amsterdam

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    Speaking English in NL

    by abi_maha Written Mar 6, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Do not assume people speak English here, though most of them do you will get a strict lecture if you just straight away ask them for help/directions in english. Always ask them if they speak english and then ask.

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    A great relief finally

    by Rupanworld Written Feb 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: after all my travels across european countries where I really found it so difficult to communicate with people, Netherlands in general was the first place that i could freely communicate with people. Everybody understands and speaks in English and are proud to say that.

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    Few words in Dutch

    by ealgisi Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:

    good morning = goedemorgen
    good afternoon = goedemiddag
    good evening = goedenavond
    see you = tot ziens
    see you soon = tot gauw
    yes = ja
    no = nee
    maybe = misschien
    are you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?
    of course! = natuurlijk!
    thank you (formal) = dank U wel
    thank you (informal) = dank je wel
    thanks (casual) = bedankt
    please (polite) - also: here you are = alstublieft
    Mr. and Sir = meneer (mijnheer)
    Mrs. and Ma'am = mevrouw
    Miss = juffrouw
    have fun = veel plezier
    happy dreams = welterusten
    bless you = gezondheid!
    have a nice meal = eet smakelijk!
    coffee = koffie
    tea = thee
    milk = melk
    whipped cream = slagroom
    sugar = suiker
    coffee with milk = koffie verkeerd
    bred = brood
    cheese sandwich = broodje kaas
    ham sandwich = broodje ham
    french fries = friet
    sea = zee
    beach = strand
    lake = meer
    bicycle = fiets
    train = trein
    airplane = vliegtuig
    bus = bus
    auto = auto
    departure = vertrek
    arrival = aankomst
    bedroom = slaapkamer
    bed = bed
    pillow = kussen
    blanket = deken
    bath = bad
    bathroom = badkamer
    towel = handdoek
    very good (food) = erg lekker

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    by OlafS Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Lost? Confused? Why not ask someone for help. A little bit of English can do wonders as most people will speak it. Yes, most (not all, that's a myth) Dutch people speak English and are more than happy to help you. But that may not be enough. I recently experienced that this is a two-way thing. I met a guy, I think he was Portuguese, who asked me where the Bangkokmuseum was. The WHAT? I thought. Never heard of a museum about the city of Bangkok, but you never know. In the end it turned out he meant the Van Goghmuseum, only pronounced Van Gogh as Bangkok. Better show the word instead of trying to say something you can't pronounce anyway. Don't be embarrassed, you are a tourist.

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    by isolina_it Updated Jan 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Just about everyone speaks English in Amsterdam, and is proud of the fact. Many speak German and French too. If you are English speaking, speak English (unless you speak Dutch too): you are more likely to offend than do anyone a favour by trying out your French or German.

    A common misconception is that Dutch is very close to German. In truth they are not mutually intelligible: Dutch people have to learn German at school, and in general they speak better English than German. German and Dutch are similar in the same sort of way that French and Italian are similar.

    A few keys phrases: Yes: Ja (Yah); No: Nee (Nay); Thanks: Bedankt (B'dunked); Please: Graag (hkrahk -- pronounce the hk as if you are trying to pronounce an h at the same time as a k, the sort of sound a child says when saying yecchh!); Sorry: sorry (sorry, with rolled r's); excuse me: pardon (parDON).

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    Dutch-English Dictionary

    by BlueBerry_7 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: A Dutch-English Dictionary can be very helpful if you want to fit in with the natives:)) ja-ja!

    Fondest memory: Learning to speak such a difficult language can be lastig!

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