[The Face of Dutch]

English with a Dutch Accent - Words

This words list was compiled by Kathryn Maes of the Denver Center Theatre Company
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Vowels
he click to hear
heat click to hear
heed click to hear
hit click to hear
hid click to hear
hate click to hear
made click to hear
met click to hear
fed click to hear
cat click to hear
mad click to hear
father click to hear
farther click to hear
odd click to hear
blocks click to hear
door click to hear
lord click to hear
walk click to hear
call click to hear
fawn click to hear
caught click to hear
bought click to hear
low click to hear
old click to hear
spoke click to hear
book click to hear
could click to hear
who click to hear
moon click to hear
moose click to hear
Vowels
few click to hear
mute click to hear
pews click to hear
earth click to hear
earn click to hear
worth click to hear
word click to hear
fur click to hear
expert click to hear
wider click to hear
up click to hear
buddy click to hear
about click to hear
atone click to hear
aisle click to hear
file click to hear
buy click to hear
hour click to hear
aloud click to hear
now click to hear
ointment click to hear
employed click to hear
toy click to hear
tour click to hear
tier click to hear
shed a tear click to hear
tear down click to hear
tore click to hear
ConsonantsConsonantsConsonants
Initial Middle Final
nice click to hear lonely click to hear women click to hear
mount click to hear hummed click to hear him click to hear
venom click to hear caveman click to hear love click to hear
film click to hear coughing click to hear laugh click to hear
zipper click to hear wisdom click to hear these click to hear
Sue click to hear moisture click to hear force click to hear
bid click to hear cobbler click to hear grab click to hear
pad click to hear captain click to hear strap click to hear
dog click to hear woodman click to hear stockade click to hear
tip click to hear Antwerp click to hear admit click to hear
get click to hear augment click to hear fog click to hear
kit click to hear Cockney click to hear unique click to hear
there click to hear seething click to hear breathe click to hear
thin click to hear earthly click to hear teeth click to hear
- massaged click to hear collage click to hear
ship click to hear brushing click to hear hash click to hear
like click to hear
delved click to hear fill click to hear
doll click to hear
-
ink click to hear
finger * click to hear
young click to hear
Jim click to hear abridgement click to hear rage click to hear
chop click to hear itched click to hear march click to hear
- - roads click to hear
- - lifts click to hear
hue click to hear why click to hear -
right click to hear hurry click to hear wider click to hear
- paddling click to hear bridle click to hear
- saintly click to hear settle ** click to hear
witch click to hear away click to hear -
yonder click to hear piano click to hear -
* Dutch vinger click to hear has a very different NG sound from English 'finger' - but I think most Dutchmen will say the English NG correctly (maybe it's the preceding F) - vingers click to hear
** I live in California, and I think it shows for instance in that I say 'beDDer' and not the more English 'beTTer.'

Additional Words

dance click to hear
ask click to hear
laugh click to hear
demand click to hear
human click to hear
Hugh click to hear
hue click to hear
how click to hear
holy click to hear
Harry click to hear 2
herself click to hear
why click to hear
what click to hear
where click to hear 2
when click to hear
city click to hear
butter click to hear
phonetic click to hear
duty * click to hear
* When I say 'duty' with a middle-D-sound click
to hear it sounds weird to me.
There is of course a personal element in people's accents. I came to know someone named 'Hugh' and at the same time Star Trek had a character by that name, so I paid special attention trying to say that name correctly in English. And 'City of New Orleans' is one of my favorite songs.
The Dutch word herrie click
to hear ('noise') sounds very similar to the English name 'Harry' - but note the subtle differences.

General Dutch Accent Pointers - Dutch Accent Examples from plays

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