25 Dutch sentences to help you speaking

Dutch sentences to help you speak

Dutch sentences for learning the language.

Dutch first sentences

 

How to start speaking Dutch?

Do you feel helpless? You really don’t need to. Don’t think you need a good Dutch course first or at least study at home before you can say a word. When you are as lazy as I am you don’t study at home and you’ll keep postponing, something that makes you feel bad about yourself. And this is what you don’t want to feel, so you’ll ‘stick your head in the sand’ (Dutch expression: Je kop in het zand steken) and you try to forget.

Dutch ask for help
Embrace your mistakes

But actually .. The one and only thing you need for speaking Dutch is to have the guts. To get beyond your perfectionism and do something that may be makes you feel insecure.
Don’t question yourself if you will ever learn Dutch. If you will ever be able to grasp the language? We all create those obstacles for ourselves. Me too. And although I’m not judging you, it’s just not helping you.

Dutch how it say

 

Be persuasive

Start speaking Dutch on the street, in the shop, at school, at the bus stop. Start interacting. You will be amazed how helpful people can be. Make clear you want to speak Dutch. Dutch people can be over-helpful and they ‘ll switch to English very fast. Tell them: Ik spreek geen Engels (I don’t speak English) and use humor. Make clear you need them to get any further.

Hulpzinnen voor verduidelijking:

Ik weet het niet
Ik begrijp het niet (goed)
Wat betekent dat woord?
Wat bedoel je?

Wat zeg je?
Wil/kan je dat herhalen?
Wil/kan je iets langzamer spreken?
Wil/kan je dat opschrijven/spellen?

Hoe zeg je … (dat) in het Nederlands?
Ik spreek (nog) niet zo goed Nederlands
Hoe heet zo’n ding in het Nederlands?

Ik snap het niet (informeel)
Ik weet het niet meer
Het is duidelijk
Ik weet niet hoe je dat zegt in het NL
Ik weet niet wat …. (dat) is.

Hulpzinnen – als ze je niet                               begrijpen:

Zei ik het niet goed?
Verstond je me niet goed of begreep je me niet goed?
Kan je me zeggen wat ik niet goed zei?
Kun je me voordoen hoe ik dat moet zeggen?

Hoe zeg je dat dan?

Wat je ook kan doen is om hulp vragen?

Zei ik het goed zo?
Kun je dat nog een keer zeggen?
Hoe spreek je dat uit?

Help sentences for explanation:

I don’t know
I don’t understand (it very well)
What does that word mean?
What do you mean?

What do you say?
Can/ could you repeat that please?
Can/ could you speak more slowly?
Can/ could you write that down/spell it?

How do you say … (that) in Dutch?
I don’t speak Dutch very well (not yet)
How do you call that [~such a thing] in Dutch?

I don’t understand (informal)
I don’t remember [~know anymore]
It’s clear / I get it
I don’t know how I can say that in Dutch
I don’t know what …. [~that is] that means.

Help sentences – when they don’t understand you:

Didn’t I say it right?
Didn’t you hear me or .. understand me?

Can you tell me please what my mistake was?
[~Can you show me]Can you tell me how to say that?
How do you say that?

You could also ask for help?

Did I say it right this way?
Could you say that again?
How do you pronounce that?

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One response on “25 Dutch sentences to help you speaking

  1. Danie Ibrahim says:

    Thanks so much it’s really helpful♥

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