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Dutch Consonants Posted by on Apr 24, 2009 in Dutch Language

Here are the Dutch consonants that have the same pronunciation in English:

m – (man) man

n – (niet) not

s – (samen) together

q – (quiz) quiz

x – (extra) extra

Here the consonants that are very similar to the English consonants, but are pronounced a lot softer in Dutch than in English:

h – (hemel) heavel

k – (kroning) king

p – (paard) horse

t – (taart) cake

Here are the consonants that may prove confusing to English speakers. The Dutch consonants in this group have sounds that are not quite the same in English:

f – similar to English v an w. (fraai) beautiful

j – like the English y in yell. (ja) yes

v – is pronounced like the English f. (van) of

w – like the English v. (water) water

z – like the English s. (zoen) kiss

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