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Dutch T Verbs Posted by on Jul 29, 2009

There are a whole slew of Dutch verbs that are t verbs. How do you know whether a verb is a t verb? The stem of a ‘t’ verb will end in either t, h, f, c, k, s, p. The verb ‘to know’ (weten) is a ‘t’ verb. (Note, this verb is used to know a…

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Occupations Posted by on Jul 26, 2009

teacher – onderwijzer student – student author – schrijver journalist – journalist doctor – dokter surgeon – chirurg nurse – verpleegster dentist – tandarts clerk – klerk lawyer – advocaat judge – rechter singer – zanger actor – tooneelspeler painter – schilder Now, with the last couple of posts (the ones listing family members and…

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Family Members Posted by on Jul 20, 2009

Father – vader Husband – man Grandfather – grootvader Grandfather – opa Mother – moeder Wife – vrouw Grandmother – grootmoeder Grandmother – oma Son – zoon Boy – jongen Daughter – dochter Girl – meisje Brother – broeder Brother – broer Sister – zuster Sister – zus Now with these words you can say…

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Possessives Posted by on Jul 17, 2009

First, let’s learn how to form posessives like, my, your, his etc. In the singular form: my = mijn your (informal) = je your (polite) = uw his = zijn her = haar its = zijn In the plural: our (singular neuter nouns) = ons our (singular common nouns and plural nouns) = onze your…

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How’s the Weather Today? Posted by on Jul 14, 2009

To ask, “How’s the weather today?” in Dutch, you would say, “Wat voor weer is het vandaag?” Here are some answers you could use: Het is… (It’s…) koud (cold) windig (windy) heet (hot) warm (warm) vochtig (humid) drukkend (muggy) benauwd (muggy) bewolkt (cloudy) mistig (foggy/hazy) mooi (beautiful) open (clear) Het (it’s…) ijzig (icy) sneeuwt (snowing)…

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Subject Pronouns + the Verb “to be” Posted by on Jul 11, 2009

First, take a glance at the subject pronouns: I – ik You (singular informal) – jij (je) You (plural informal) – jullie You (singular and plural formal) – u He – hij She – zij (ze) It – het We – wij (we) They – zij (ze) The verb “to be” in the present tense…

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Word of the Day Practice Posted by on Jul 8, 2009

All these words are part of the Word of the Day. Your job is to try to figure out the Dutch counterpart to the English. 1) belachelijk 2) fatsoenlijk 3) heftig 4) loom 5) vaak 6) feitelijk 7) geleidelijk 8) amper 9) sowieso 10) brief 11) ontbijt 12) boodschappen 13) oplossing 14) ademhaling 15) advertentie

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