Dutch Spelled Like English

Dutch Spelled Like English are some of the easiest words for English speakers.

The Dutch words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Dutch words.

Some of the following Dutch words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and Dutch.

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

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

[Note: a few pronunciations remain to be added]

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DUTCH SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

DUTCH -- [SAY]

acne -- [AHK-nay]

adapter -- [aa-DAHP-tuhr]

aftershave

airbag -- [EHR-behk]

airport -- [‘airport’]

aluminum -- [AA-loo-MEE-nee-yuhm]

ambulance -- [ahm-bew-LAHN-suh]

april -- [ah-PRIHL]

arm -- [‘arm’]

aubergine (British for eggplant) -- [oa-behr-ZHEE-nuh]

auto -- [OW-toa]

avocado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- [‘baby’]

ballet

ballpoint (pen) -- [‘ballpoint’]

band -- [bahnt]

bank -- [bahngk]

bar -- [‘bar’]

barbecue -- [BAHR-ber-kyew]

bed -- [beht]

beginner -- [ber-GIH-ner]

beige -- [BEH-zhuh]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

biscuit -- [bihs-KVEE]

bitter -- [‘bitter’]

bonbon -- [‘bonbon’]

bouillon -- [boo-YOHN]

boulevard

bourbon -- [‘bourbon’]

boutique -- [‘boutique’]

Brits -- [‘Brits’]

brochure -- [bro-SHEW-rer]

bronchitis -- [brong-KHEE-terss]

buffet -- [bew-FEHT]

bus -- [‘bus’]

café -- [‘cafe’]

cake -- [‘cake’]

calorie -- [kah-loa-REE]

camping -- [KEHM-pihng]

Canada -- [‘Canada’]

capsule (medication) -- [kahp-SOO-ler]

carjacking -- [KOAR-zheh-king]

carpooling -- [KOAR-‘pooling’]

casino -- [‘casino’]

CD -- [ser-DAY]

CD-ROM -- [ser-day-ROM]

cent -- [‘cent’]

centimeter -- [SEHN-tee-MAY-tuhr]

club -- [klerp]

code -- [KOA-der]

cognac -- [kohn-YAHK]

cola -- [‘cola’]

compact -- [adj] -- [kom-PAHKT]

compact disc -- [‘compact disc’]

computer -- [‘computer’]

concert -- [kohn-SEHRT]

conditioner -- [‘conditioner’]

consommé -- [‘consommé’]

constant -- [kon-STAHNT]

cool (style)

correct -- [‘correct’]

cruise

december -- [day-SEHM-buhr]

delicatessen -- [day-lee-kaa-TEH-sern]

deodorant -- [DAY-oa-doa-RAHNT]

dessert -- [‘dessert’]

detail -- [day-TIGH]

diabetes -- [dee-ah-BAY-terss]

diesel -- [DEE-serl]

dollars (U.S.) -- [‘dollars’]

economy class

e-mail -- [‘e-mail’]

e-ticket -- [‘e-ticket’]

euro -- [‘euro’]

exact -- [‘exact’]

extra (additional) -- [‘extra’]

factor -- [FAHK-tor]

fax -- [fahks]

filet -- [fee-LAY]

film (movie) -- [‘film’]

filter -- [‘filter’]

fitness -- [‘fitness’]

floss (dental)

fruit -- [frawt]

game (tennis)

garage -- [khaa-RAA-zhuh]

gate (airport) -- [‘gate’]

gluten -- [KHLEW-tuhn]

golf -- [‘golf’]

goulash -- [KHOO-lahsh]

grapefruit -- [KRAYP-froot]

gram -- [khrahm]

gratis (free of charge) -- [GRAA-terss]

grill -- [khrihl]

goulash -- [KHOO-lahsh]

gym -- [khihm]

had -- [haht]

half -- [hahlf]

hand -- [hahnt]

hard (tough) -- [hahrt]

help (computer) -- [‘help’]

Help! (emergency) -- [‘help’]

hint -- [‘hint’]

hobby -- [‘hobby’]

hockey

hotel -- [‘hotel’]

ibuprofen -- [EE-bew-PROA-fehn]

in -- [‘in’]

instant messenger

internet -- [‘internet’]

is -- [ihs, not ihz]

jam -- [zhehm]

jazz -- [jehz]

kilo -- [‘kilo’]

kilogram -- [‘kilo’-khrahm]

kilometer -- [‘kilo’-MAY-tuhr]

kiwi -- [KEE-vee]

label

lactose -- [LAHK-TOA-suh]

ladder -- [LAH-der]

lamp -- [lahmp]

land (n.) -- [lahnt]

lens (one contact lens) -- [‘lens’]

lift (British for elevator) -- [‘lift’]

lip -- [‘lip’]

liter -- [‘liter’]

lotion -- [loa-SHON]

lunch -- [lernsh]

machine -- [mah-SHEE-nuh]

man -- [mahn]

mango -- [MAHN-goa]

manager -- [MAA-naa-zhuhr]

manicure -- [maa-nee-KEWR]

mascara -- [‘mascara’]

massage -- [mah-SAA-zhuh]

matinee

me -- [muh]

medium -- [MAY-dee-yuhm]

meter -- [MAY-tuhr]

migraine -- [mee-GRAI-ner]

minibar

motor -- [‘motor’]

museum -- [mew-ZAY-uhm]

nectarine -- [nehk-taa-REE-nuh]

non-stop

november -- [noa-FEHM-buhr]

nylon -- [NAY-lon]

octopus -- [‘octopus’]

omelet -- [‘omelet’]

open -- [‘open’]

opener -- [‘opener’]

opera -- [OA-puh-raa]

oven -- [OA-fuhn]

over -- [OA-fuhr]

panorama

papa -- [‘papa’]

park (n.) -- [‘park’]

partner -- [‘partner’]

pasta -- [‘pasta’]

paté -- [‘paté’]

patiënt (n.) -- [paa-SHEHNT]

pedicure -- [pay-dee-KEWR]

pen -- [‘pen’]

per -- [pehr]

PIN (number)

pizzeria

plan -- [plahn]

plastic -- [PLEH-stik]

plug

plus -- [plerss]

polyester

pot -- [‘pot’]

pub

pudding -- [PUH-dihng]

racket (tennis) -- [‘racket’]

rap (music) -- [rehp]

reservoir -- [rer-zerr-VAAR]

restaurant -- [rehs-toa-RAHNT]

ring -- [‘ring’]

risotto -- [‘risotto’]

rosé -- [ROA-say]

route -- [ROO-tuh]

rum -- [‘rum’]

sandwich -- [SEHNT-wihtsh]

sauna -- [SOW-naa]

seminar -- [SEH-mee-nahr]

september -- [‘September’]

shampoo -- [SHAHM-poa]

single (person)

snack

sorry -- [‘sorry’]

sterling -- [‘sterling’]

souvenir -- [soo-fuh-NEER]

specialist -- [spay-shaa-LIST]

sport -- [‘sport’]

station (train) -- [staa-SHOHN]

steward (flight attendant)

stewardess (flight attendant)

stop -- [‘stop’]

student -- [stew-DEHNT]

sunblock

super (fantastic) -- [‘super’]

super (gasoline) -- [‘super’]

sweatshirt -- [‘sweatshirt’]

tablet -- [taa-BLEHT]

tampon -- [‘tampon’]

taxi -- [TAHK-see]

team -- [‘team’]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

tent -- [‘tent’]

terminal -- [TUHR-mee-nahl]

theater -- [tay-AA-ter]

thermometer -- [TEHR-moa-may-ter]

ticket -- [‘ticket’]

tissues -- [‘tissues’]

toast -- [‘toast’]

toilet (restroom) -- [twaa-LEHT]

tram -- [trehm]

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

tumor -- [‘tumor’]

tunnel -- [TER-nerl]

tv -- [tay-VAY]

vinaigrette -- [fih-nuh-KREHT]

voltage -- [vol-TAA-zher]

warm (adj.) -- [vahrm]

was -- [vahs]

water -- [VAA-tuhr]

we -- [vie, vuh]

week -- [vayk]

weekend -- [VEE-kehnt]

west -- [vehst]

whisky -- [VIHS-kee]

wind -- [vint]

winter -- [VIHN-tuhr]

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In some cases two words spelled like English are joined together to form one Dutch word:

DUTCH -- -- [SAY]

bikiniwax -- [bee-KEE-nee-vahks]

busroute

busstation -- [‘bus’-staa-SHOHN]

businessclass

caramelpudding -- [‘caramel pudding ‘]

creditcard -- [‘credit’-kahrt]

fastfood -- [fahst-’food’]

fastfoodrestaurant -- [fahst-’food’-rehs-toa-RAHNT’]

gin-tonic -- [zhihn-‘tonic’]

golfclubs -- [‘golf’-kluhps]

internetcafé -- [‘internet-café’]

jetlag -- [ZHEHT-lehg]

jetski -- [‘jet-ski’]

lactose-intolerant -- [lahk-TOA-ser-in-toa-ler-rahnt]

milkshake -- [‘milk shake’]

mountainbike

parttime

roomservice -- [‘room service’]

snackbar

standby-ticket

tennismatch -- [‘tennis’-mehtsh]

waterski('s) -- [‘vaa-tuhr-‘skis’]

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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.


For a greater challenge, see Dutch Spelled Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.


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