Surviving speaking Dutch

New In Delft? If you’re living, shopping and eating out here, it’s a good idea to get a grasp on some basic Dutch.

Cartoon: Auke Herrema

At the university, Dutch is taught using the Delftse Methode. During the beginners’ course students learn about 1,200 of the most common words in five (intensive) or seven weeks (not intensive). Below, some commonly used phrases:

  • The Magic Words

Please Alstublieft (formal), Alsjeblieft (informal)

Thank you Dank u wel (formal), Dank je wel (informal)

Thanks Bedankt

  • Greetings

Hello Hallo

Bye Dag / Doei

I’ll see you soon Tot ziens

Good morning Goedemorgen

Good afternoon Goedemiddag

Good evening Goedenavond

  • Shopping

Receipt De bon

Do you want your receipt? Wilt u de bon? / Bonnetje?

Cash only Alleen contant betalen

Pin only Alleen met pin betalen

Please show your ID card Uw identiteitsbewijs alstublieft

How much does this cost Wat kost dit?

  • Ordering

May I have a…Mag ik een…..

I will have please… Ik wil graag…

May I have the bill? Mag ik de rekening, alstublieft? / De rekening alstublieft?

  • Common Phrases

Feel better Beterschap

Congratulations Gefeliciteerd

Cozy Gezellig

Cheers Proost

Bon Appétit Eet smakelijk

Good luck Succes

Kind regards Met vriendelijke groet

  • Other useful phrases

Do you speak English? Spreekt u Engels?

I need help, please Kunt u me helpen alstublieft?

I’m sorry Het spijt me

I don’t understand Ik begrijp het niet

What did you say? Wat zeg je?

Yes Ja

No Nee

How are you? Hoe gaat het?

I’m fine, thank you Goed, dank je

  • Quick Guide to Grocery Shopping

Vegetables Groenten

Fruit Fruit

Bread Brood

Chicken Kip

Beef Rundvlees

Pork Varkensvlees

Cream Slagroom

Sugar Suiker

Salt Zout

Oranges Sinaasappel

Potatoes Aardappelen

Eggs Eieren

Onion Ui

Also read: Surviving learning Dutch

Damini Purkayastha / Freelance text writer

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