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Learn Dutch: ‘graag’

How to be polite in Dutch. When do you use 'graag'. 3 ways of using the word 'graag'

 How to use ‘graag’


“Graag! Grrrrr …. Oh dear, why did the Dutch invent this word? It’s so hard to pronounce… and they use it an awful lot.”
“I’m sorry guys. Yes we do. Not only that, but you can also use it in three different ways.
Let’s have a look.”



1. Wil je een kopje koffie? – Would you […]

The Dutch word ‘druk’

The Dutch word druk. How to say: I’m busy in Dutch? Here a video about one tough frequent mistake English leaners make when speaking Dutch. You’ll never make it agian.

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Learn Dutch – street names


You can learn a lot of Dutch out of street names (straatnamen). A walk through Amsterdam Centre.

Use the free Google maps tool and find out more …
“You might actually know a lot more Dutch than you think you do”. This is something I tell each student during the first lesson of the courses I offer.
If you have lived in Amsterdam for an extended period, you probably already know many street names in which Dutch words are present. Many people don’t even realize that they already know so many words.

Let’s first focus […]

Use ‘even’. It sounds sweeter


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Strange words that don’t mean a lot, but are used a lot: sentence fillers

The Dutch word ‘even’ literally translated: just a moment

Phonetic: [ˈevə(n)]

NL: Wacht even – EN: Wait a second/minute

BUT it’s also used for politeness; it makes the sentence more polite, sweeter

Ik zal even in zijn agenda kijken – EN: I’ll check his diary/schedule
Kun je me even helpen? – EN: Can you help me? … and even more polite: Kunt u me even helpen?

NL: Wil je even mijn tas pakken? – EN: Could […]

Dutch in top 10 easiest foreign languages


Dutch no. 4 easiest foreign languages

Telegraph: Tuesday 14 January 2014
Another West Germanic cousin of the English language, Dutch is both structurally and syntactically familiar for English speakers. In terms of pronunciation and vocabulary, it parallels English in many ways, such as groen (green) or de oude man (the old man). In addition to familiar Germanic root words, the Dutch language adopted many loan words from French, with familiar words like drogeren (drug) and blok (block).

Though some vowel sounds may be new for English speakers, Dutch pronunciation follows the English model of syllable stress, so […]

Sports – Tennis +tennissen

In English you say ” I’m playing tennis”

So the verb is: playing

In Dutch most of the sports you can treat as a verb:

-Tennissen    -Voetballen    -Hockeyen   -Basketballen

So you say: 
Ik tennis
Ik voetbal
Ik hockey
Ik basketbal.

When you want to stress your a member of a club, you can say:
Ik zit op tennis
Ik zit op voetbal
Ik zit op hockey.

Literally translated: I sit on …

So tell me … which sport do you do? Welke sport doe jij […]