The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #29 September / October 2017
Basic Guide to Dutch
by Erik Zidowecki, Kendal Knetemann
September / October 2017 | 
Basic Guide to
Spoken natively by over 20 million people, Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken mostly in the Netherlands (as the official languae), Belgium, and Suriname. It is also spoken in parts of Germany, France, and various former Dutch colonies.

Here are some beginner words and phrases in Dutch for you to gain a simple introduction to it.

Good morningGoedemorgen
Good afternoonGoedemiddag
Good eveningGoedenavond
Good nightGoedenacht
How are you?Hoe gaat het met je?
Fine, thank youPrima, dank je
And you?En met jou?
It is a beautiful dayHet is een mooie dag
Have a nice dayPrettige dag!
See you laterTot ziens
See you tomorrowTot morgen
Do you speak English?Spreekt u Engels?
Yes, a littleJa, een klein beetje
Nice to meet youAangenaam kennis met u te maken
Nice to see youFijn om je te zien

You can listen and learn how to pronounciate Dutch words by visiting
You will find these words on Lesson 1, 2, 3 and 4 plus there are over 100 other free lessons to learn more Dutch.

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Basic Guide to Dutch
Writer: Erik Zidowecki, Kendal Knetemann
Petey: Flag; View of city

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