Dutch Lesson 12 (Verbs and Time)

Duration: 30 mins

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This is the 12th lesson about Dutch verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Dutch Classes.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). The table contains 3 columns (English, Dutch, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Verbs List in Dutch

Verbs Dutch Audio
To driveRijden
To findVinden
To giveGeven
To haveHebben
To knowWeten
To learnLeren
To loveBeminnen
To playSpelen
To readLezen
To seeZien
To smileLachen
To speakSpreken
To thinkDenken
To understandBegrijpen
To workWerken
To writeSchrijven

Here is an example of the verb "to understand" conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb "to understand" in a Sentence

He understands meHij begrijpt me
He understood meHij begreep me
He will understand meHij zal mij begrijpen


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in Dutch

Time Dutch Audio
Days(none are capitalized)
Springvoorjaar / lente


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Daily Conversation in Dutch

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Dutch Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Dutch

English Dutch Audio
I was born in JulyIk ben in Juli geboren
I will visit you in AugustIk kom in Augustus bij jou op bezoek
See you tomorrow!Zie je morgen
Today is MondayVandaag is het Maandag
Winter is very cold hereWinter is hier erg koud
Yesterday was SundayGisteren was het Zondag
Are you married?Ben je getrouwd?
I'm singleIk ben vrijgezel
Would you marry me?Wil je met mij trouwen?
Can I have your phone number?Mag ik jouw telefoonnummer hebben?
Can I have your email?Mag ik jouw e-mail hebben?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Dutch about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Dutch Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.

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