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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsNumbers from 1 to 20-- [DUTCH SPOKEN] 1. [DUTCH SPOKEN] 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 17, 18, 19, 20. Now up to 100. The multiples of ten. [DUTCH SPOKEN] 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100. There are a few irregularities here. "drie" goes to "dertig". "vier" , but we say "veertig". "eight" becomes "eighty", and "honderd" not "een honderd". From 21 on to 99-- "eenentwintig".

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds21 in Dutch is 1 plus 20, or 1 and 20. "vierenvijftig", "zevenentachtig", "vierennegentig", "drieëndertig", "zesenzestig". As you can see, from 21 on to 99 the unit is placed before the 10.

Skip to 1 minute and 55 secondsAnd some more information on numbers and counting-- "duizend", so not "een duizend", but just "duizend", "drieduizend". Please note, the comma and the decimal are switched in Dutch. So "drie" comma "vijfhonderdzevenentachtig" is less than 4 and not over 3,000. So "zes punt zeven vijf acht" is "zesduizendzevenhonderdachtenvijftig", so nearly 7,000. But with a comma it is "zes komma zeven vijf acht", which is just about 7.

Skip to 2 minutes and 50 secondsHere are some examples and phrases. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Mijn telefoonnummer is nul zes een twee acht vier twee nul negen. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ik ben achtendertig jaar. [DUTCH SPOKEN] achtenveertig min drieëntwintig is vijfentwintig. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Ons huisnummer is vierendertig A. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Een jaar heeft driehonderdvijfenzestig dagen. [DUTCH SPOKEN] Twaalf keer zes is tweeënzeventig.

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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen

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    Listen and repeat

    Practise your speaking skills in Dutch: watch the video, listen carefully and repeat. The phrases are from the dialogues of week 1 of this course.

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    Watch and read: the time

    Watch and/or read about the principles of telling the time, with practical phrases, in Dutch.

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    Listen to learners of Dutch talking about themselves. Do you recognize some of it? And: an invitation and tool to send audio with you speaking Dutch!