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Read and learn the vocabulary

Learning a language means learning vocabulary. This is not always easy, but we will help you!

Below you will find the transcripts of the dialogues you heard, with the English translation. Read the text and the translation.

Many people participate in this course, but not everyone has the same learning goals or time available. If you only want to get acquainted with a few Dutch words, learning the phrases will be enough for you.

However, if you want to really learn Dutch, we advise you to learn the vocabulary and the phrases that we have published on Quizlet.

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Vocabulary

In this part of Quizlet you will find all the words from the dialogues. You can memorize them by using flashcards, playing different types of games and testing yourself.

Phrases

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Dialogue 1

Hoi Anna! Hoe gaat het? Hi Anna! How are you?
Prima. En met jou? I’m fine. How about you?
Ook goed hoor. I’m good too.
Het is lekker weer, hè. The weather’s nice, isn’t it?
Ja, wel een beetje koud. Yes, a bit cold though.
Ja. Wil je koffie? Yes. Do you want to get a coffee?
Ja, lekker. Yes, that sounds good.
Mmm, lekkere koffie! Mmm, tasty coffee!
Hé, hoe gaat het met je cursus? Hey, how’s your course going?
Wanneer begin je? When do you start?
De cursus begint volgende maand. Op 18 maart. The course begins next month. On 18 March.
Op welke dagen heb je les? On which days will you have classes?
Ik heb twee keer per week les. Op maandag en donderdag. I’ll have classes two days a week. On Mondays and Thursdays.
Maandagmiddag? Monday afternoons?
Nee, maandagavond. En donderdagochtend. No, Monday evenings. And Thursday mornings.
Een avond en een ochtend? One evening and one morning?
Wat vreemd. That’s weird.
En hebben jullie ook vakantie? Do you get a holiday?
Ja natuurlijk! In juli. Yes, of course! In July.
Goed en hoeveel woorden ken je nu? Good and how many words do you know now?
Geen idee. Honderd? Duizend? Of meer? No idea. A hundred? A thousand? Or more?
Hoeveel woorden ken jij? How many words do you know?
Haha, ik weet het ook niet. Haha, I really don’t know.
Hé, hoe laat is het? What time is it by the way?
Half twaalf. Half past eleven.
Wat zeg je? Twaalf uur? What’s that? Twelve?
Nee, half twaalf. No, half past eleven.
O jee, ik ben een beetje laat. Ik heb een afspraak om kwart voor twaalf. Oh gosh, I’m running late. I’ve arranged to meet someone at a quarter to twelve.
Ik ga in de bibliotheek studeren, met een vriend. Ik moet weg. Sorry. I’m going to study in the library with a friend. I’ve got to go. Sorry.
Geeft niet hoor. No worries.
Hé Sonja, dank je wel voor de koffie. Thanks for the coffee, Sonja.
Graag gedaan. You’re welcome.
( … pauze …) (…pause…)
Ik wil graag betalen. Hoe duur is de koffie? I’d like to pay. How much is the coffee?
Twee dertig. Dat is dus vier euro zestig. Two euros thirty. So that comes to four euros sixty.
Alstublieft. Het is goed zo. There you go. That’s the right change.
Dank u wel. Tot ziens! Thank you very much. Good bye!

Dialogue 2

Wat doet je broer? What does your brother do?
Hij werkt nu in Londen. He’s working in London now.
Hij heeft een baan bij een kleine krant. He’s got a job with a small newspaper.
Maar volgend jaar gaat hij weer studeren. But he’s going to start studying again next year.
Hij wil rechten studeren. Of economie. He wants to study law. Or economics.
En je zus? Wat doet zij? And your sister? What does she do?
Ze studeert. Ze studeert sociologie. She’s studying. She studies sociology.
Volgend jaar gaat ze een jaar in Nieuw-Zeeland studeren. Next year, she’s going to spend the year studying in New Zealand.
Wauw, wat bijzonder. Wow, that’s different.
En jij? What about you?
Wat doe jij? What do you do?
Ik ben phd-student, hier aan de universiteit. I’m a PhD student, here at the University.
Bij welke faculteit? In which faculty?
Farmacie. Pharmacy.
Kijk, dit is ons gezin. Look, this is my family.
Ik heb ook een broer en een zus. I have a brother and a sister too.
Mijn ouders, mijn broer, mijn zus, en onze hond. My parents, my brother, my sister, and our dog.
Ze wonen niet in Nederland hè? They don’t live in the Netherlands, do they?
Nee, wij komen uit Italië. No, we’re from Italy.
Wanneer zie je hen weer? When will you next see them?
Volgende maand. Next month.
In december ga ik naar mijn ouders. I’m going to my parents’ in December.
We gaan dan samen op vakantie. We’re going on holiday together.
We gaan mijn opa en oma bezoeken. We’re going to visit my grandpa and grandma.
Ze wonen in Zwitserland. They live in Switzerland.
We gaan dan veel wandelen. We’re going to do a lot of walking.
Wij houden van wandelen! We love walking!
Zwitserland is een mooi land, met hoge bergen. Switzerland is a beautiful country, with high mountains.
Ja, dat denk ik ook. Yes, I believe so!
Is het koud daar, in december? Is it cold there, in December?
Kouder dan hier? Colder than here?
Ja, het is winter. Yes, it’s winter!
Maar dat is geen probleem. But that’s okay.
Voor ons is dat geen probleem. It’s no problem for us.
Dat begrijp ik. I understand that.
Heb je nog tijd voor een kop koffie? Do you have time for a cup of coffee?
Hoe laat is het? What time is it?
Half twee. Half past one.
Nee, sorry. Dan moet ik weg. No, sorry. I’ve got to go.
Geeft niet hoor. No worries.
Tot ziens. See you!
Ja, tot ziens. Yes, see you!

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Introduction to Dutch

University of Groningen

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Listen and repeat
    Listen and repeat
    video

    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.

  • Watch and read: the time
    Watch and read: the time
    video

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

  • Microphone
    Authentic audio samples
    article

    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!