Dutch Spelled Like English Somewhat

Dutch Spelled Like English Somewhat are words similar to English, but spelled somewhat differently than English -- although easily recognizable as clearly related to English.

After Dutch Spelled Like English, the next easiest for English speakers are these Dutch Words Spelled Somewhat Like English.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

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

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.

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.

An easiest introduction to Dutch pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Dutch words spelled somewhat like English. By hearing how the Dutch pronunciation is somewhat similar to and somewhat different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Dutch pronunciation system.

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DUTCH SPELLED PARTLY LIKE ENGLISH

DUTCH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY]

aan -- on -- [‘on’]

accupunctuur -- accupuncture -- [‘accupuncture’]

adres -- address -- [‘address’]

alle -- all -- [AH-leh]

allergisch -- allergic -- [ah-LEHR-khees]

Amerika -- America -- [‘America’]

ansjovis -- anchovies -- [‘anchovies’]

aperitief -- aperitif -- [‘aperitif’]

appartement -- apartment -- [ah-pahr-tuh-MEHNT]

appel -- apple -- [‘apple’]

artisjok -- artichoke -- [‘artichoke’]

artritis -- arthritis -- [ahrt-REE-tihs]

astma -- asthma -- [‘asthma’]

Australië -- Australia -- [‘Australia’]

bakker -- baker -- [BAH-kuhr]

bakkerij -- bakery -- [BAH-kuhr-ihj]

bal -- ball -- [‘ball’]

basketbal -- basketball -- [‘basketball’]

batterij -- battery -- [‘battery’]

beginnen -- begin -- [buh-KHIHN-nuhn]

beter -- better -- [‘better’]

bief -- beef -- [‘beef’]

bier -- beer -- [‘beer’]

biet -- beet -- [‘beet’]

bloem -- bloom (flower) -- [‘bloom’]

boek -- book -- [‘book’]

boot -- boat -- [‘boat’]

botermelk -- buttermilk -- [‘buttermilk’]

brengen -- bring -- [BREHNG-uhn]

checken -- check (v) -- [TSHEH-kuhn]

conferentie -- conference -- [kohn-fuh-REHNT-see]

dag -- day -- [dahkh]

dans -- dance (n) -- [‘dance’]

dansen -- dance (v) -- [DAHN-suhn]

dek -- deck -- [‘deck’]

deur -- door -- [dur]

diarree -- diarrhea -- [dee-ah-RAY]

diskotheek -- disco[theque] -- [dihs-koa-TAYK]

doe -- do -- [‘do’]

dokter -- doctor -- [‘doctor’]

dubbel -- double -- [‘double’]

één -- one -- [ayn]

einde -- end (n) -- [IEN-duh]

Engels -- English -- [EHNG-uhls]

excursie -- excursion [eks-KUHR-see]

expres -- express -- [‘express’]

fontein -- fountain -- [fohn-TIEN]

foto -- photo -- [‘photo’]

gaan -- go -- [khaan]

gehandicapt -- handicapped -- [khuh-HEHN-dee-kehpt]

goed -- good -- [khoot]

hallo -- hello -- [‘hello’]

haring -- herring -- [‘herring’]

hart -- heart -- [‘heart’]

hebben -- have -- [HEHP-uhn]

heek -- hake -- [‘hake’]

heet -- hot -- [hayt]

helft -- half -- [hehft]

helpen -- help (v) -- [HEHL-puhn]

hetero -- heterosexual -- [HAY-tuh-roa]

hier -- here -- [‘here’]

hindoe -- Hindu -- [‘Hindu’]

hoe -- how -- [hoo]

honger -- hunger -- [‘hunger’]

hoop -- hope (v) -- [‘hope’]

hulp -- help -- [‘help’]

ijs -- ice -- [‘ice’]

ik -- I -- [ihk]

informatie -- information -- [ihn-fohr-MAAT-see]

interessant -- interesting -- [ihn-teh-reh-SAHNT]

jong -- young -- [‘young’]

juwelier -- jeweler -- [YEW-uh-leer]

kamperen -- camp (v) -- [kahm-PAY-ruhn]

kamping -- camping -- [‘camping’]

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

kanaal -- canal -- [‘canal’]

kano -- canoe -- [‘canoe’]

karaf -- carafe -- [‘carafe’]

kasteel -- castle -- [kahs-TAYL]

kaviaar -- caviar -- [‘caviar’]

kind -- kid (child) -- [kihnt]

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

koffie -- coffee -- [‘coffee’]

koel -- cool (temp.) -- [‘cool’]

kom -- come -- [‘come’]

koolrabi -- kohlrabi -- [‘kohlrabi’]

koper -- copper -- [‘copper’]

koriander -- coriander -- [‘coriander’]

kost -- cost (v) -- [‘cost’]

kosten -- cost (v) -- [KOHST-uhn]

koud -- cold -- [kowt]

kramp -- cramp -- [‘cramp’]

laat -- late -- [laat]

lam -- lamb -- [‘lamb’]

lang -- long -- [‘long’]

langer -- longer -- [‘longer’]

lesbisch -- lesbian -- [LEHS-bees]

licht -- light -- [lihkht]

lijn -- line -- [‘line’]

likeur -- liqueur -- [‘liqueur’]

linnen -- linen -- [‘linen’]

maandag -- Monday -- [MAAN-dahkh]

maken -- make -- [MAA-kuhn]

markt -- market -- [mahrkt]

mei -- May (month) -- [‘May’]

melk -- milk -- [‘milk’]

mezelf -- myself -- [‘myself’]

mijn -- my -- [mien]

mineraal -- mineral -- [‘mineral’]

moslim -- Muslim -- [‘Muslim’]

mossel -- mussel -- [‘mussel’]

naam -- name -- [naam]

nacht -- night -- [nahkht]

netwerk -- network -- [‘network’]

niet -- not -- [neet]

noedels -- noodles -- [‘noodles’]

nummer -- number -- [‘number’]

openen -- open (v) -- [OA-puh-nuhn]

paleis -- palace -- [paa-LIES]

parkeren -- park (v) -- [pahr-KAY-ruhn]

pas -- pass -- [‘pass’]

paspoort -- passport -- [‘passport’]

peer -- pear -- [‘pear’]

penicilline -- penicillin -- [PAY-nee-see-LEE-nuh]

picknick -- picnic -- [‘picnic’]

pijn -- pain -- [‘pain’]

pil -- pill -- [‘pill’]

prijs -- price -- [‘price’]

printen -- print (v) -- [PRIHN-tuhn]

probleem -- problem -- [PROA-blaym]

puur -- pure -- [‘pure’]

repareren -- repair (v) -- [RAY-paa-RAY-ruhn]

reservering -- reservation -- [RAY-zuhr-VAY-rihng]

rijp -- ripe -- [‘ripe’]

rivier -- river -- [ree-FEER]

romantish -- romantic -- [roa-MAHN-tees]

ruïne -- ruins -- [rew-EE-nuh]

spreken -- speak -- [SPREHK-uhn]

stadion -- stadium -- [STAA-dee-yohn]

starten -- start (v) -- [STAHR-tuhn]

stijl -- style -- [‘style’]

straat -- street -- [straat]

supermarkt -- supermarket -- ["super"-mahrkt]

symbool -- symbol -- [‘symbol’]

synagoge -- synagogue -- [see-naa-KHOA-khuh]

taart -- tart (pie) -- [‘tart’]

tafel -- table -- [TAA-fuhl]

te -- to -- [‘to’]

techniek -- technique -- [‘technique’]

telefoon -- telephone -- [tay-luh-FOAN]

tempel -- temple -- [‘temple’]

tijm thyme -- -- [‘thyme’]

tofoe -- tofu -- [‘tofu’]

tong -- tongue -- [‘tongue’]

trein -- train -- [‘train’]

truffel -- truffle -- [‘truffle’]

u -- you (formal) -- [‘you’]

uien -- onion -- [‘onion’]

uur -- hour -- [ewr]

vegetariër -- vegetarian -- [FAY-khuh-TAA-ree-yuhr]

vinden -- find -- [FIHNT-uhn]

volleybal -- volleyball -- [‘volleyball’]

voor -- for -- [‘for’]

vork -- fork -- [‘fork’]

vrij -- free -- [‘free’]

waar -- where -- [vaar]

wafel -- waffle -- [‘waffle’]

wat -- what -- [vaht]

werk -- work (n) -- [‘work’]

werk -- work (n) -- [vehrk]

wodka -- vodka -- [‘vodka’]

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


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