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Last Updated on 2nd February 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

Tomorrow morning, I set off to Amsterdam for the weekend. I haven’t been to the Netherlands since I was 13 and so it’s definitely time to brush up on some dutch! If you need to brush up on some Dutch too, here are 10 beautiful and useful dutch words and phrases:

#1 Hallo


This is obviously the best place to start! How can you greet someone without knowing how to say hello?!

#2 Bedankt


Although less formal than ‘dank u wel’, it is most definitely easier to remember. 🙂

#3 Sorry


Yep, easy as that. Phew, being English this is one of my favourite words; thank goodness it will be easy to remember!

#4 Alstublieft


I literally hate so much on people who don’t say please. It’s just basic manners and manners cost nothing.

#5 Eekhoorntjesbrood

Porcini mushrooms (literal translation Squirrel’s Bread)

I’m not sure how useful this word will be but I simply couldn’t resist putting this beautifully funny word in! After doing a little research, it appears that squirrels genuinely do eat mushrooms (who knew)?

#6 Pardon

Pardon/ excuse me

Okay, being polite and speaking some Dutch is going to go well (I hope). With many of the words being similar or the same as in English, I hope I can remember them all well enough!

#7 Ijsje

Ice Cream

It may be October but I’m still planning on being a complete tourist and buying an ice cream!

#8 Ik ben vegetariër.

I’m vegetarian.

Considering I’m vegetarian, knowing how to say ‘I’m vegetarian’ in the local language has helped me out in a lot of countries (obviously).

#9 Fiets


Honestly, cycling scares me a little. I’m incredibly uncoordinated and everytime I try cycling, I end up falling off the bike!

But when in Rome, do as the Romans do, right?

#10 Your Turn

Got any beautiful or useful Dutch words or phrases?

P.s. Tip

Watch out for false friend, the word ‘deutsch’. No, the German word is not synonymous with Dutch but actually means ‘German’. Confusing, eh?

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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