English Spelled Like Dutch

In English some of the easiest words for Dutch speakers are English spelled like Dutch.

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

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

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ENGLISH SPELLED LIKE DUTCH

ENGLISH -- [SAY DUTCH]

acne

adapter

aftershave

airbag

airport -- [‘airport’]

aluminum

ambulance

April

arm -- [‘arm’]

aubergine

auto

avocado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- [‘baby’]

ballet

ballpoint (pen) -- [‘ballpoint’]

bar -- [‘bar’]

barbecue

bed -- [bed]

beginner

beige

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

biscuit

bitter -- [‘bitter’]

bonbon -- [‘bonbon’]

bouillon

boulevard

bourbon -- [‘bourbon’]

boutique -- [‘boutique’]

Brits -- [‘Brits’]

brochure

bronchitis

buffet

bus -- [‘bus’]

café -- [‘cafe’]

cake -- [‘cake’]

calorie

camping

Canada -- [‘Canada’]

capsule (medication)

carjacking

carpooling -- [-‘pooling’]

casino -- [‘casino’]

CD

CD-ROM

cent -- [‘cent’]

centimeter

club

code

cognac

cola -- [‘cola’]

compact (adj)

compact disc -- [‘compact disc’]

computer -- [‘computer’]

concert

conditioner -- [‘conditioner’]

consommé -- [‘consommé’]

constant

cool (style)

correct -- [‘correct’]

cruise

December

delicatessen

deodorant

dessert -- [‘dessert’]

detail

diabetes

diesel

dollars (U.S.) -- [‘dollars’]

economy class

e-mail -- [‘e-mail’]

e-ticket -- [‘e-ticket’]

euro -- [‘euro’]

exact -- [‘exact’]

extra -- [‘extra’]

factor -- [‘factor’]

fax -- [‘fax’]

filet -- [‘filet’]

film -- [‘film’]

filter -- [‘filter’]

fitness -- [‘fitness’]

floss

fruit

game (tennis)

garage

gate (airport) -- [‘gate’]

gluten

golf -- [‘golf’]

goulash

grapefruit

gram

gratis

grill

goulash

gym

had

half

hand

hard

help (computer) -- [‘help’]

Help! -- [‘help’]

hint -- [‘hint’]

hobby -- [‘hobby’]

hockey

hotel -- [‘hotel’]

ibuprofen

in -- [‘in’]

instant messenger

internet -- [‘internet’]

is -- [ihz]

jam

jazz

kilo -- [‘kilo’]

kilogram -- [‘kilo’-]

kilometer -- [‘kilo’-]

kiwi

label

lactose

ladder

lamp -- [‘lamp’]

land (n.)

lens (one contact lens) -- [‘lens’]

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

lip -- [‘lip’]

liter -- [‘liter’]

lotion

lunch

machine

man -- [‘man’]

mango

manager

manicure

mascara -- [‘mascara’]

massage

matinee

me

medium

meter

migraine

minibar

motor -- [‘motor’]

museum

nectarine

non-stop

november

nylon

octopus

omelet

open -- [‘open’]

opener -- [‘opener’]

opera

oven

over

panorama

papa -- [‘papa’]

park (n.) -- [‘park’]

partner -- [‘partner’]

pasta -- [‘pasta’]

paté -- [‘paté’]

patiënt (n.)

pedicure

pen -- [‘pen’]

per

PIN (number)

pizzeria

plan -- [‘plan’]

plastic

plug

plus

polyester

pot -- [‘pot’]

pub

pudding -- [‘pudding’]

racket (tennis) -- [‘racket’]

rap (music)

reservoir

restaurant

ring -- [‘ring’]

risotto -- [‘risotto’]

rosé

route

rum -- [‘rum’]

sandwich

sauna

seminar -- [‘seminar’]

september -- [‘September’]

shampoo

single (person)

snack

sorry -- [‘sorry’]

sterling -- [‘sterling’]

souvenir

specialist

sport -- [‘sport’]

station (train)

steward

stewardess

stop -- [‘stop’]

student

sunblock

super (fantastic) -- [‘super’]

super (gasoline) -- [‘super’]

sweatshirt -- [‘sweatshirt’]

tablet

tampon -- [‘tampon’]

taxi -- [‘taxi’]

team -- [‘team’]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

tent -- [‘tent’]

terminal -- [‘terminal’]

theater

thermometer

ticket -- [‘ticket’]

tissues -- [‘tissues’]

toast -- [‘toast’]

toilet

tram

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

tumor -- [‘tumor’]

tunnel

tv

vinaigrette

voltage

warm (adj.)

was

water

we

week

weekend

west

whisky

wind

winter

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

ENGLISH - -- [SAY DUTCH]

bikini wax

bus route

bus station -- [‘bus’-]

business class

caramel pudding -- [‘caramelpudding ‘]

credit card -- [‘credit’-]

fast food -- [‘fastfood’]

fast food restaurant -- [‘fastfood’-]

golf clubs -- [‘golf’-]

internet café -- [‘internetcafé’]

jet lag

jet ski -- [‘jetski’]

lactose-intolerant

milk shake -- [‘milkshake’]

mountain bike

part-time

room service -- [‘roomservice’]

snack bar

standby-ticket

tennis match -- [‘tennis’-]

water ski('s) -- [-‘skis’]

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FOR A GREATER CHALLENGE

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



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