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Vocabulary

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Dialogue 1

Hoi Marianne! Wat doe je? Hi Marianne! What are you doing?
Ik kook. Ik maak het eten. I’m cooking. I’m making dinner.
Ja, dat zie ik. Wat maak je? Yes, I can see that. What are you making?
Ik maak stamppot. Echt Nederlands. I’m making stamppot. Really Dutch.
Kun jij Nederlands eten maken? Can you make Dutch food?
Ja hoor. Dat is niet zo moeilijk. Stamppot is heel gemakkelijk. Yes, sure. It’s not too difficult! Stamppot is very easy.
O ja, stamppot. Met wortels en uien en aardappelen? Oh yes, stamppot. With carrots and onions and potatoes?
Ja, dat klopt. Yes, that’s right.
Dit is het beste recept! This is the best recipe!
En ook het gemakkelijkste recept! The easiest recipe too!
Ik neem de grootste pan. De aardappelen, de uien en de wortels gaan in de pan, en ik kook alles. I’m going to use the biggest pan. The potatoes, the onions and the carrots go in the pan, and I boil everything.
Met water! With water!
Haha, ja, natuurlijk met water! Haha, yes of course with water!
En je hebt worst, zie ik. Met een saus? And I see you have a sausage. With a sauce?
Ja, met paprika’s. Yes, with peppers.
Is dat ook Nederlands? Is that Dutch too?
Nee, dat is Hongaars. No, that’s Hungarian.
Kom je uit Hongarije? Do you come from Hungary?
Nee hoor. No.
Waarom maak je dan Hongaarse saus? Why are you making a Hungarian sauce then?
Dat is lekkerder dan gewone saus. It’s tastier than normal sauce.
Mmmm, ja, wat lekker. Mmmm, yes, that’s really tasty.
Misschien een beetje meer peper? Maybe a bit more pepper?
Ja, dat is beter, denk ik. Yes, that would be better, I think.
Hoe lang moet je alles koken? How long do you have to cook it all for?
Gewoon, twintig minuten. Just twenty minutes.
Hé Alex, wil je ook stamppot eten? Hey, Alex, would you like to have some stamppot too?
Dank je wel, maar ik heb nu geen tijd. Thanks, but I don’t have time right now.
Over een half uur moet ik sporten. Jammer! I’m off playing sport in half an hour. That’s a shame!
Ja jammer. Volgende keer beter. Yes, it’s a shame. Maybe next time.
Ja, zeker! Tot ziens, en eet smakelijk! Yes, definitely! See you! Enjoy your meal!
Dank je. Hoi! Thanks. Bye!

Dialogue 2

Hoi Carla. Hi Carla.
Hoi Mieke. Hoe gaat het? Hi Mieke. How are you?
Goed. En met jou? Good. How about you?
Ook goed. Heel goed. Ik heb een nieuw huis. Good too. Very good. I have a new flat.
O ja? Waar? Oh? Where?
Bij het park. In de Rembrandtlaan. Op 38 A. By the park. In Rembrandtlaan. Number 38 A.
Leuk! Heb je foto’s? Cool! Do you have photos of it?
Ja. Kijk. Dit is de woonkamer. Yes. Look. This is the living room.
O, mooi zeg. Een grote woonkamer! Wow, that’s really nice. It’s a big living room!
Ja. En de keuken is ook groot. Kijk. Yes. The kitchen is big too. Look.
Mooi! Hoeveel slaapkamers heb je? Beautiful! How many bedrooms do you have?
Twee. Een grote slaapkamer en nog een andere. Die slaapkamer is een beetje kleiner. Two. A big one and one other. That one’s a bit smaller.
Zo, mooi zeg! Heb je ook een tuin? Nice. Do you have a garden too?
Nee, ik heb geen tuin. Maar ik heb een mooi zonnig balkon. No, I don’t have a garden. But I do have a nice, sunny balcony.
O, wat leuk zeg. Is het groter dan je vorige huis? Oh, nice one. Is it bigger than your previous flat?
Ja, veel groter. En ik heb nu een badkamer! Yes, much bigger. And now I’ve got a bathroom of my own!
Met een bad? With a bath?
Nee, ik heb geen bad. Alleen een douche. No, I don’t have a bath. Just a shower.
Nou, dat is toch geen probleem? Is that a problem?
Nee, natuurlijk niet. No, not at all.
Moet je veel doen in het huis? Moet je verven? Of moet je dingen repareren? Does the flat need a lot doing to it? Does it need painting? Or things repairing?
Nee, dat is niet nodig. Ik kan daar direct wonen. No, nothing like that needs doing. I can move in straight away.
Goh, wat fijn. En is het duur? Oh, that’s good! Is it expensive?
Haha, dat zeg ik niet. Nou, het is niet zo duur. Haha, I’m not saying! Well, it’s not too expensive.
Goed. Wanneer ga je daar wonen? Good. When are you going to move in?
Volgende maand. Next month.
Nou, ik kom gauw kijken, hoor. Well, I’ll come and have a look soon.
Ja, leuk. Je hebt mijn nummer hè? That would be good. You have my number, don’t you?
Ja hoor. Ik bel je! Yes, sure. I’ll call!
Oké! Doeg! OK! Bye!
Doeg! Bye!

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