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What is the difference between Kennen and Weten? Posted by on Jan 24, 2019

Kennen and weten are two Dutch verbs that look different, but translated to English mean exactly the same: “to know”. So what is the difference? When do you use kennen? And when do you use weten? Weten Weten seems to refer to actually having researched knowledge, made observations about a certain topic – like a scientist that weet something. In fact, science is…

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Untranslatable Dutch: Pottenkijkers Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

There are certain words that are used in a language and are impossible to translate. You can try, but it will never be a completely accurate translation that catches its meaning. Such as the Zesjescultuur post. In the Untranslatable Dutch posts, we will explore Dutch words that cannot be simply translated to English. Enjoy! Click here for…

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A Few Dutch Words You Can’t Go Without Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

Who doesn’t like travelling? I think we all do! And we all want to make a good impression on the natives. A good way to do that is by speaking some of their words! If you are a beginner in Dutch, and you just want to have some short, but important words, then look no…

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Step By Step: How To Rule Dutch Weak Verbs! Posted by on Mar 10, 2016

A zwak werkwoord (“weak verb” – a regular verb) is a verb that does not change in the past tense. For example leven, leefde, geleefd (to live, lived, lived). A sterk werkwoord (“strong verb” – an irregular verb) is one that does change, such as lopen, liep, gelopen (to walk, walked, walked). Then there are also “normal” onregelmatige werkwoorden (irregular verbs), like zijn, was, geweest (to be…

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5 Things You Need To Know When Visiting Family! Posted by on Jul 3, 2014

When you visit your family in the Netherlands, on a Familiedag (family day) for example, you will meet many people. They all want something from you, you want something from them… What do you need to know? 5 things below. 1. First of all, you need to know how to address them. Check out these…

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Tackling Tricky Dutch Words Posted by on Mar 1, 2011

In Dutch, there are some words that have the same meaning but are used in different ways. Below you will find three example pairs and some tips to help you know when to use which. It is worth remembering that there will always be exceptions, so these are more guidelines than hard and fast rules…

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