Present Tense

Dutch Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Dutch. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. 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.

Present Tense in Dutch

Present Dutch Audio
I see youIk zie u
I write with a penIk schrijf met een pen
You love applesJe houdt van appels
You give moneyJe geeft geld
You play tennisJe speelt tennis
He reads a bookHij leest een boek
He understands meHij begrijpt me
She has a catZe heeft een kat
She knows my friendZe kent mijn vriend
We want to learnWe willen leren
We think Spanish is easyWe denken dat Spaans eenvoudig is
You (plural) work hereJullie (meervoud) werken hier
You (plural) speak FrenchJullie (meervoud) spreken Frans
They drive a carZe rijden per Auto
They smileze lachen


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Dutch

Heart attackHart aanval
Help mehelp me
Stomach achebuikpijn


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Daily Conversation in Dutch

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Dutch Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Dutch

Are you okay?gaat het?
Call a doctor!Bel een Arts
Call the ambulance!bel een ziekenwagen!
Call the police!bel de politie!
Calm down!Kalmeren
I feel sickIk ben ziek
It hurts hereHet doet hier pijn
It's urgent!Het is dringend
Where is the closest pharmacy?waar is de dichtstbijzijnde apotheek?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Je ziet er prachtig uit! (een vrouw)
You have a beautiful nameJe hebt een mooie naam
This is my wifeDit is mijn vrouw
This is my husbandDit is mijn man

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Dutch about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Dutch Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.

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