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Hear Dutch Survival Phrases

The Dutch language lesson offered here is an excerpt from Transparent Language's Dutch software program. The Dutch Phrases for Meeting and Greeting will lead you to the Dutch Dialog at the end, which shows how these survival phrases are used in conversational Dutch. Single click on the phrase to hear the Dutch pronunciation spoken by a native Dutch speaker. Take advantage of this Dutch language resource as you learn to speak Dutch!

Dutch Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

Goede morgen. Good morning.

Goede avond. Good afternoon.

Goede nacht. Good night.

Spreekt u Engels? Do you speak English?

Spreekt er iemand Engels hier? Does anyone here speak English?

Ik spreek maar een klein beetje Nederlands. I only speak a little Dutch.

Ik spreek niet erg goed Nederlands. I'm not very good at Dutch.

Hoe gaat het? How are you?

Goed, dank u. I'm fine, thank you.

Heel leuk u te ontmoeten. I'm very glad to meet you.

Ik heb al zoveel over u gehoord. I've heard so much about you..

Het was leuk u te zien. It was nice seeing you.

Het was leuk u te ontmoeten. It was nice meeting you.

Ik versta het niet. I don't understand.

Ik begrijp het heel goed. I understand perfectly.

Begrijpt u? Do you understand?

Verstaat u mij? Do you understand me?

Ik versta u als u langzaam praat. I understand you if you speak slowly.

Dat is beter. That's better.

Wat zei u? What did you say?

Een prettige dag. Have a nice day.

Dutch Dialog

Rogier: Goede morgen.
Good morning.
Spreekt u Engels?
Do you speak English?
Marianne: Sorry, ik spreek geen Engels.
I'm sorry, I do not speak English.
Rogier: Ik spreek maar een klein beetje Nederlands.
I only speak a little Dutch.
Marianne: Geen probleem.
That's all right.
U spreekt heel goed.
You're doing fine.
Rogier: Ik word nerveus als ik Nederlands spreek.
I get nervous when I speak Dutch.
Marianne: Ik versta u heel goed.
I understand you very well.
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