Dutch Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently

Dutch words pronounced like English but spelled differently are pronunciations that you already know from English that apply to Dutch.

This is the Easiest Dutch Pronunciation even though the word is spelled differently in Dutch than in English.

When you see a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English, you might assume that it is also pronounced slightly differently from English. But in many cases a foreign word spelled slightly differently from English is pronounced the same as in English -- or can be pronounced the same as in English and be understood.

Some parts of these Dutch words pronounced like English are spelled the same way as in English.

Some Dutch words are pronounced like English. In the following pronunciation guide the Dutch words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: pil -- [‘pill’].

To keep Dutch pronunciation easiest, Dutch words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that Dutch people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English. You may merely sound like you have a ‘English accent’ in Dutch.

Later you can listen to how Dutch people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically Dutch.

Most likely not to be understood are short words of one syllable. The more syllables a word has, the less likely it is to be misunderstood, because the adjoining syllables help clarify the meaning of any one syllable that might sound ambiguous, and might be mistaken for a different word by the listener.

A famous funny example of French being misunderstood is “Je t’adore!” -- three syllables pronounced [zhuh tah-DOHR]. It means ‘I love you!’ -- but to an English-speaker it can sound like ‘Shut the door!’

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Dutch Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently:

ENGLISH -- DUTCH -- [SAY]

accupuncture -- accupunctuur -- [‘accupuncture’]

address -- adres -- [‘address’]

America -- Amerika -- [‘America’]

anchovies -- ansjovis -- [‘anchovies’]

aperitif -- aperitief -- [‘aperitif’]

apple -- appel -- [‘apple’]

artichoke -- artisjok -- [‘artichoke’]

Australia -- Australië -- [‘Australia’]

ball -- bal -- [‘ball’]

basketball -- basketbal -- [‘basketball’]

battery -- batterij -- [‘battery’]

beef -- bief -- [‘beef’]

beer -- bier -- [‘beer’]

beet -- biet -- [‘beet’]

better -- beter -- [‘better’]

bloom (flower) -- bloem -- [‘bloom’]

boat -- boot -- [‘boat’]

book -- boek -- [‘book’]

buttermilk -- botermelk -- [‘buttermilk’]

camping -- kamping -- [‘camping’]

can -- kan -- [‘can’ – as in British: kahn]

canal -- kanaal -- [‘canal’]

canoe -- kano -- [‘canoe’]

carafe -- karaf -- [‘carafe’]

caviar -- kaviaar -- [‘caviar’]

class -- klas -- [‘class’ – as in British: klahs]

coffee -- koffie -- [‘coffee’]

come -- kom -- [‘come’]

cool (temp.) -- koel -- [‘cool’]

copper -- koper -- [‘copper’]

coriander -- koriander -- [‘coriander’]

cost (v) -- kost -- [‘cost’]

cramp -- kramp -- [‘cramp’]

dance (n) -- dans -- [‘dance’]

deck -- dek -- [‘deck’]

do -- doe -- [‘do’]

doctor -- dokter -- [‘doctor’]

double -- dubbel -- [‘double’]

express -- expres -- [‘express’]

for -- voor -- [‘for’]

fork -- vork -- [‘fork’]

free -- vrij -- [‘free’]

hake -- heek -- [‘hake’]

heart -- hart -- [‘heart’]

hello -- hallo -- [‘hello’]

help -- hulp -- [‘help’]

herring -- haring -- [‘herring’]

Hindu -- hindoe -- [‘Hindu’]

hope (v) -- hoop -- [‘hope’]

hunger -- honger -- [‘hunger’]

ice -- ijs -- [‘ice’]

kohlrabi -- koolrabi -- [‘kohlrabi’]

lamb -- lam -- [‘lamb’]

line -- lijn -- [‘line’]

linen -- linnen -- [‘linen’]

liqueur -- likeur -- [‘liqueur’]

long -- lang -- [‘long’]

longer -- langer -- [‘longer’]

May (month) -- mei -- [‘May’]

milk -- melk -- [‘milk’]

mineral -- mineraal -- [‘mineral’]

Muslim -- moslim -- [‘Muslim’]

mussel -- mossel -- [‘mussel’]

myself -- mezelf -- [‘myself’]

network -- netwerk -- [‘network’]

noodles -- noedels -- [‘noodles’]

number -- nummer -- [‘number’]

on -- aan -- [‘on’]

onion -- uien -- [‘onion’]

pain -- pijn -- [‘pain’]

pass -- pas -- [‘pass’]

passport -- paspoort -- [‘passport’]

pear -- peer -- [‘pear’]

photo -- foto -- [‘photo’]

picnic -- picknick -- [‘picnic’]

price -- prijs -- [‘price’]

pure -- puur -- [‘pure’]

ripe -- rijp -- [‘ripe’]

since -- sins -- [‘since’]

soup -- soep -- [‘soup’]

style -- stijl -- [‘style’]

symbol -- symbool -- [‘symbol’]

tart (pie) -- taart -- [‘tart’]

technique -- techniek -- [‘technique’]

temple -- tempel -- [‘temple’]

thyme -- tijm -- [‘thyme’]

to -- te -- [‘to’]

tofu -- tofoe -- [‘tofu’]

tongue -- tong -- [‘tongue’]

train -- trein -- [‘train’]

truffle -- truffel -- [‘truffle’]

vodka -- wodka -- [‘vodka’]

volleyball -- volleybal -- [‘volleyball’]

waffle -- wafel -- [‘waffle’]

work (n) -- werk -- [‘work’]

you (formal) -- u -- [‘you’]

young -- jong -- [‘young’]

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LINKED TOGETHER IN DUTCH

In some cases an English phrase is similar to one word in Dutch -- with a Dutch word equal to an English phrase.

This linking words together in Dutch causes little problem for you when both parts are similar to English, but makes for some other very long unfamiliar words in Dutch.

ENGLISH -- DUTCH – [SAY DUTCH]

coffee shop -- koffieshop -- [‘coffee shop’]

roast beef -- rosbief -- [‘roast beef’]

apple tart -- appeltaart -- [‘apple tart’]

telephone number -- telephoonnummer -- [‘telephone number’]

email address -- e-mailadres -- [‘email address’]

tennis ball -- tennisbal -- [‘tennis ball’]

ping-pong ball -- pingpongbal -- [‘ping-pong ball’]

dessert wine -- dessertwijn -- [‘dessert wine’]

morning after pill -- morning after pil -- [‘morning after pill’]

ice hockey -- ijshockey -- [‘ice hockey’]

New Year -- nieuwjaar -- [‘New Year’]

fish soup -- vissoep -- [‘fish soup’]

fish stick -- visstick -- [‘fish stick’]

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