Easiest Dutch Pronunciation

The easiest introduction to pronunciation of Dutch words is to pronounce the Dutch words spelled like English.

The very easiest Dutch words to pronounce are Dutch words spelled like English and also pronounced like English.

These Dutch words spelled like English and also pronounced like English are also the very easiest Dutch words to take with you when you travel to Denmark.

After Dutch words spelled like English and also pronounced like English, the next easiest Dutch pronunciations are Dutch words spelled like English but pronounced somewhat differently than English.

This is the Easiest Dutch Pronunciation for two reasons:

First, some parts of these Dutch words spelled like English are pronounced the same way as in English. This reveals that you already know how to pronounce some parts of these Easiest Dutch words, which should give you confidence.

Second, by pronouncing the other parts of these Dutch words - the parts that are 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 Like English But Pronounced Somewhat Differently:

[In the pronunciation guide, the syllable to stress is in capitals.]

DUTCH -- [SAY DUTCH]

acne -- [AHK-nay]

adapter -- [aa-DAHP-tuhr]

airbag -- [EHR-behk]

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

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

april -- [ah-PRIHL]

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

auto -- [OW-toa]

band -- [bahnt]

bank -- [bahngk]

barbecue -- [BAHR-ber-kyew]

bed -- [beht]

beginner -- [ber-GIH-ner]

beige -- [BEH-zhuh]

biscuit -- [bihs-KVEE]

bouillon -- [boo-YOHN]

brochure -- [bro-SHEW-rer]

bronchitis -- [brong-KHEE-terss]

buffet -- [bew-FEHT]

calorie -- [kah-loa-REE]

camping -- [KEHM-pihng]

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

carjacking -- [KOAR-zheh-king]

CD -- [ser-DAY]

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

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

club -- [klerp]

code -- [KOA-der]

cognac -- [kohn-YAHK]

compact [adj] -- [kom-PAHKT]

concert -- [kohn-SEHRT]

constant -- [kon-STAHNT]

december -- [day-SEHM-buhr]

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

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

detail -- [day-TIGH]

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

diesel -- [DEE-serl]

factor -- [FAHK-tor]

fax -- [fahks]

filet -- [fee-LAY]

fruit -- [frawt]

garage -- [khaa-RAA-zhuh]

gluten -- [KHLEW-tuhn]

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]

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

is -- [ihs, not ihz]

jam -- [zhehm]

jazz -- [jehz]

kiwi -- [KEE-vee]

lactose -- [LAHK-TOA-suh]

ladder -- [LAH-der]

land (n.) -- [lahnt]

lotion -- [loa-SHON]

lunch -- [lernsh]

machine -- [mah-SHEE-nuh]

man -- [mahn]

mango -- [MAHN-goa]

manager -- [MAA-naa-zhuhr]

manicure -- [maa-nee-KEWR]

massage -- [mah-SAA-zhuh]

me -- [muh]

medium -- [MAY-dee-yuhm]

meter -- [MAY-tuhr]

migraine -- [mee-GRAI-ner]

museum -- [mew-ZAY-uhm]

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

november -- [noa-FEHM-buhr]

nylon -- [NAY-lon]

opera -- [OA-puh-raa]

oven -- [OA-fuhn]

over -- [OA-fuhr]

patiënt (n.) -- [paa-SHEHNT]

pedicure -- [pay-dee-KEWR]

per -- [pehr]

plan -- [plahn]

plastic -- [PLEH-stik]

plus -- [plerss]

pudding -- [PUH-dihng]

rap (music) -- [rehp]

reservoir -- [rer-zerr-VAAR]

restaurant -- [rehs-toa-RAHNT]

rosé -- [ROA-say]

route -- [ROO-tuh]

sandwich -- [SEHNT-wihtsh]

sauna -- [SOW-naa]

seminar -- [SEH-mee-nahr]

shampoo -- [SHAHM-poa]

souvenir -- [soo-fuh-NEER]

specialist -- [spay-shaa-LIST]

station (train) -- [staa-SHOHN]

student -- [stew-DEHNT]

tablet -- [taa-BLEHT]

taxi -- [TAHK-see]

terminal -- [TUHR-mee-nahl]

theater -- [tay-AA-ter]

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

toilet (restroom) -- [twaa-LEHT]

tram -- [trehm]

tunnel -- [TER-nerl]

tv -- [tay-VAY]

vinaigrette -- [fih-nuh-KREHT]

voltage -- [vol-TAA-zher]

warm (adj.) -- [vahrm]

was -- [vahs]

water -- [VAA-tuhr]

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]

jetlag -- [ZHEHT-lehg]

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

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Your foreign pronunciation is close enough when the word is not mistaken for another word by a foreigner.


Easiest Dutch Pronunciation Guide: The easiest introduction to Dutch pronunciation is to pronounce the Dutch words spelled like English, but with parts pronounced differently than English.


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