This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Dutch which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used 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.
Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Dutch. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.
The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.
Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Dutch sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.
|Can I come?||Mag ik komen?|
|Can I help you?||Kan ik jou helpen?|
|Can you help me?||Kan je mij helpen?|
|Do you know her?||Ken je haar?|
|Do you speak English?||Spreek je Engels?|
|How difficult is it?||Hoe moeilijk is dit?|
|How far is this?||Hoe ver is het?|
|How much is this?||Hoeveel is dit?|
|How would you like to pay?||Hoe wilt u betalen?|
|What is this called?||Wat wordt dit genoemd?|
|What is your name?||Wat is jouw naam?|
|What time is it?||Hoe laat is het?|
|When can we meet?||Wanneer kunnen we elkaar ontmoet?|
|Where do you live?||Waar woon je?|
|Who is knocking at the door?||Wie klopt op de deur?|
|Why is it expensive?||Waarom is het duur?|
If you have any questions, please contact me If you simply want to ask a question, please Dutch contact form on the header above.
There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Dutch, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!
|Can you repeat?||Kun je herhalen|
|Can you speak slowly?||Kun je langzaam praten|
|Did you understand what I said?||Snap / Begrijp je wat ik zei|
|Don't worry!||Niet stressen / Maak je geen zorgen|
|Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)||Wablieft?|
|How do you say "OK" in French?||Hoe zeg je OK in het Frans?|
|I don't know!||Ik weet het niet|
|I don't understand!||Ik snap / begrijp het niet|
|I need to practice my French||Ik moet mijn Frans oefenen|
|Is that right?||Is dat juist|
|Is that wrong?||Is dat verkeerd|
|My French is bad||Mijn Frans is slecht|
|No problem!||Geen probleem|
|Sorry (to apologize)||Sorry (zich verontschuldigen)|
|What does that word mean in English?||Wat betekend dat woord in het Engels|
|What is this?||Wat is dit?|
|What should I say?||Wat zal ik zeggen|
|What's that called in French?||Hoe zeg je dat in het Frans?|
|Write it down please!||Kun je dat voor me opschrijven, alstjeblieft?|
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Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Dutch Phrases page. Enjoy!
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Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Dutch about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Dutch Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.