Dutch Phrases (Common Expressions)

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This section contains 400 of the most used phrases in Dutch. This should help you improve your speaking, reading and writing. Exploring the whole list will make it easier to start conversations and understand what was said to you. I divided this section into 4 pages, the first 100 are listed on this page, then the rest here: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. Each page contains 100 common expressions. Going through each 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.

Phrases Tips

To make sure you are more likely to remember each expression, try to first to read the sentence without hearing it, then click to hear how it is prnounced, then read it out loud 3 times while imagining yourself vividly talking to somone. Also try to practice what you memorized from time to time, to make it stick.

Here are the first 100 common phrases. You will find a lot of them are about greeting someone, introducing yourself or asking where someone is from ... etc. Basically, these are expressions which you might use when starting a conversation with someone you have just met.

Phrases in Dutch

Phrases Dutch Audio
How are you? (informal)Hoe gaat het met jou
How are you? (formal)Hoe gaat het met u
What's up? (colloquial) Wat is er? (informele)
I'm fine, thank you!Het gaat goed, dankjewel
Good morning!Goedemorgen
Good afternoon!Goedemiddag
Good evening!Goedenavond
And you? (informal)En jij
And you? (formal)En met u?
We speak two languagesWe spreken twee talen
They speak four languagesZe spreken vier talen
I visited one countryIk bezocht een land
She visited three countriesZe bezochten drie landen
She has one sisterZe heeft een zus
He has two sistersHij heeft twee zussen
Do you like it here?Hoe bevalt het hier?
See you later!Zie je later!
Thank you very much!Heel erg bedankt
I really like it!Ik vind het echt leuk!
Thank you!Dankjewel
You're welcome! (in response to "thank you")Graag gedaan
Have a nice day!Een mooie dag verder!
Good night!Welterusten!
Have a good trip!Goede reis!
It was nice talking to you!Het was leuk met je te praten!
Am I right or wrong?Ben ik goed of fout?
Is he younger or older than you?Is hij jonger of ouder dan jij?
Is the test easy or difficult?Is de test makkelijk of moeilijk?
Is this book new or old?Is dit een nieuw of oud boek?
This is so expensiveDit is erg duur

More Sentences

English Dutch Audio
I don't speak KoreanIk spreek geen Koreaans
I love the Japanese languageIk hou van de Japanse taal
I speak ItalianIk spreek Italiaans
I want to learn SpanishIk wil Spaans leren
My mother tongue is GermanMijn moedertaal is Duits
Spanish is easy to learnSpaans is gemakkelijk te leren
He has a Moroccan rugHij heeft een Marokkaanse tapijt
I have an American carIk heb een Amerikaanse wagen
I love French cheeseIk hou van Franse kaas
I'm ItalianIk ben Italiaan
My father is GreekMijn vader is Griek
My wife is KoreanMijn vrouw is Koreaanse
Have you ever been to India?Ben je ooit in Indiƫ geweest
I came from SpainIk kom van Spanje
I live in AmericaIk woon in Amerika
I want to go to GermanyIk wil naar Duitsland
I was born in ItalyIk ben in Italiƫ geboren
Japan is a beautiful countryJapan is een mooi land
Long time no seeDat is een tijd geleden
I missed youIk heb je gemist
What's new?Hoe gaat het nu?
Nothing newAlles gaat zijn gangetje
Make yourself at home!Doe alsof je thuis bent
Have a good tripGoede reis
Can I practice Italian with you?Kan ik met jou Italiaans oefenen?
I speak French but with an accentIk spreek Frans maar met een accent
I was born in MiamiIk ben Miami geboren
I'm from JapanIk ben van Japan
The letter is inside the bookDe brief is in het boek
The pen is under the deskDe pen is onder het bureau
Can I help you?Kan ik je helpen
Can you help me?Kun je me helpen
Can you show me?Kunt u me de weg wijzen?
Come with me!Kom maar mee!
Downtown (city center)Stadscentrum
Excuse me! (to ask someone)Wablieft?
Go straightGa rechtdoor
How can I get to the museum? Hoe kom ik bij het museum
How long does it take to get there?Hoe ver is het?
I'm lostIk ben de weg kwijt
I'm not from hereIk ben niet van hier
It's far from hereHet is ver weg
It's near hereHet is vlakbij
One moment please!Een momentje alstublieft
Turn leftSla linksaf
Turn rightSla rechtsaf


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Here are the rest of the Dutch phrases: phrases 2, phrases 3, phrases 4. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.

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