Easiest English Phrases For Dutch

Easiest English Phrases For Dutch feature words similar to Dutch that will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to Dutch to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in English spelled like Dutch, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to Dutch. To keep it easiest, these are phrases but not sentences, as are in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

The English version is placed first to get you in the habit of looking for and recognizing English words similar to ones in your own language and deducing what the English words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

From the key words similar to Dutch you should be able to make out the meanings of the other English connecting words that are not similar to Dutch. Use the words similar to Dutch as clues to the meanings of the other English words.

Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar English word. Many are like phrases in Dutch that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

These phrases in English are followed by the Dutch words that would be a good guess using as clues the English words similar to Dutch. So as a result these are rough translations of the English phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to an English speaking country, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each English phrase means without looking at the rough Dutch version. See how far down the list you can get.

[In the following pronunciation guide, only English words pronounced like Dutch are included now, enclosed in single quotation marks. The rest of the English pronunciations will be added later.]




allergic reaction -- allergisch reactie

allergic to penicillin -- allergisch voor penicilline

a week -- een week

Can I -- Kan ik -- [‘kan’]

coffee with milk -- koffie met melk

for one week -- voor één week

go dancing -- gaan dansen

good bar -- goed bar -- [‘bar’]

good café -- goed café -- [‘café’]

good restaurant -- goed restaurant

half hour -- half uur

here for -- hier voor -- [‘hier voor’]

here for a seminar -- hier voor een seminar -- [‘hier voor’ ‘seminar’]

here for a conference -- hier voor een conferentie -- [‘hier voor’]

here for studies -- hier voor studie -- [‘hier voor’]

how long -- hoe lang

I have -- Ik heb

I work for -- Ik werk voor -- [‘voor’]

my auto -- mijn auto

my e-mail address -- mijn e-mailadres. -- [‘e-mail’]

my name -- mijn naam

my number -- mijn nummer

my telephone -- mijn telefoon

my telephone number -- mijn telefoonnummer

on the Pill -- aan de pil -- [‘pil’]

speak English -- spreek Engels

specialties of the chef -- specialiteiten van de chef-kok -- [‘chef’]

study English -- studeer Engels

that is -- dat is

this address -- dit adres

this street -- dit straat

too cold -- te koud

too hot -- te heet

too late -- te laat

vaginal infection -- vaginale infectie

your e-mail address -- uw e-mailadres -- [‘e-mail’]

twee personen. two persons.

your faxnumber -- uw faxnummer

your number -- uw nummer

your telephone number -- uw telefoonnummer

Where is -- Waar

with a credit card -- met een creditcard -- [‘credit’]



Some English phrases have words in a different order than they would be in Dutch, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.


Does this hotel have -- Heeft het hotel -- [‘hotel’]

Do you have -- Heeft u

camp here -- hier kamperen -- [‘hier’]

check-in -- incheckbalie -- [‘CHECK’-‘in’]

check my e-mail -- mijn e-mail checken -- [‘e-mail’]

help me -- me helpen

log in -- inloggen

log out -- uitloggen

park here -- hier parkeren -- [‘hier’]

repair the toilet -- toilet repareren

repair the TV -- tv repareren

stop here -- hier stoppen -- [‘hier’]

Where can I find -- Waar vind ik



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


aluminum foil -- aluminiumfolie

bikini wax -- bikiniwax

bus station -- busstation -- [‘bus’]

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

fast-food restaurant -- fastfoodrestaurant -- [‘-food’]

fitness room -- fitnessruimte -- [‘fitness’]

Good morning. -- Goedemorgen.

internet café -- internetcafé

live music -- livemuziek

menstrual pain -- menstruatiepijn

parking garage -- parkeergarage

program of events -- evenementenprogramma

room service -- roomservice -- [‘roomservice’]

taxi stand -- taxistandplaats

telephone number -- telefoonnummer

tennis match -- tennismatch -- [‘tennis’]

toilet paper -- toiletpapier

washing machines -- wasmachines

your passport -- ew paspoort

your ticket -- ew ticket -- [‘ticket’]



For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest English Sentences for Dutch, where some of these same phrases appear in easy English sentences.

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