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In the land of agendas and appointments, talking about time is essential. The following are some essential words and phrases you can use when setting up your next appointment.
It is useful to know how to ask at what time you would like to set up an appointment. While your Dutch-learning instinct would suggest you can say wanneer wil je.. (and it is technically not incorrect), the norm is to use the expression hoe laat or how late. Hoe laat wil je koffie drinken?
When you want to be precise about the time, om is the word to use. It establishes a specific time you will meet. If you want to talk about a day, you can use op and if you want to talk about a month or a year, use in. Ik wil op vrijdag om 10 uur koffie drinken.
When you want to make a more casual appointment that doesn’t require a specific time, you can use voor or na. Voor 4 uur means that you would like to do X before 4 and na 4 uur means that you would like to do X after 4. Ik wil na 10 uur koffie drinken.
If you are not so particular about time, you can use the word rond to mean around a certain time. Rond 10 uur. Another expression you can use is rond een uur of 10 which means the exact same as just rond.
Now, lets say you are about to leave your house to meet your friend for coffee. You have a few options to express how long you will take.
So now that you are armed with all the time-lingo in Dutch, put out your agenda and try to make an appointments. Hopefully, it will be easier than in the video below.
If I missed any other useful time-related words, please add them on the comments!
de agenda- the agenda
de afspraak- the appointment
tijd- time (general)
tijdstip- time of day
het kwartier- a quarter
het uur- hour