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Dutch Words in (Some) Depth: Dutch Index

Possibly problematic Dutch words - the links lead to examples of usage and usually some explanation. You might also want to look at the English Index page (there is no complete overlap)

Page in Development - I'll add new words when I've made a few more reference pages, and there may be more words added later.

The asterisk * means that there is a 'disambiguation' or verb page about this word
'Pragmatic markers' are seemingly superfluous or meaningless words
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achter click to hear - behind
al * click to hear - already
- all - al/alle click to hear
- even if
alleen click to hear - 'alone' - only / by yourself
allemaal click to hear - ~all of it, all of us, completely, in its entirety
alles click to hear - everything
als * click to hear - when & if
- as, like
- as a, being a (representing)
altijd click to hear - always, all the time - see also: Words of Time
bang click to hear - afraid
(de) angst click to hear / (de) vrees click to hear - fear
bedankt click to hear - thanks - bedanken click to hear 2 to thank
bedoelen click to hear 2 ~ to mean
'n beetje click to hear - a little, a little bit
begrijpen click to hear - to understand ('to know the how or why of something') see also: verstaan 'to hear'
best click to hear 2 - best (best / beste click to hear 2)
betekenen click to hear ~ to mean
beter click to hear 2 - better (beter / betere click to hear)
bij click to hear - 'by,' 'close to,' 'near,' 'at' 'with' etc.
bijna click to hear 2 - almost, nearly, barely
blij click to hear - 'glad,' happy about something, 'pleased, delighted, contented' / cheerful, merry, 'in a good mood' (blij / blije click to hear)
boos click to hear - angry - boze click to hear 2 - boos / boze click to hear
boven click to hear 2 - above, over / upstairs
d'r click to hear 2 - it, ~there
daar * click to hear - (over) there - indicating location
- that (placeholder - with preposition)
- because (old-fashioned) - see also omdat
dan * click to hear 2 - than ('better than')
- then (future)
- dan ook -ever (whatever, whoever etc.)
dat * click to hear - that, those (indicating remote items)
- that placeholder - 'That's good news!'
- that conjunction 'I hope that you're happy'
- that - instead of 'who' or 'which' - 'the pen that wrote the words'
deze, die, dit, dat - ~these, ~those, ~this, ~that
de click to hear 2 - ~the
doen * click to hear 2 3 - to do
door * click to hear - by the agent of an activity, 'kicked by John' - the passive voice
- through - a passage - 'through the window'
dus click to hear - so - 'I gather, I get the impression, in conclusion, I understand'
echt click to hear 2 3 - real; really (echt / echte click to hear 2)
eens * click to hear / click to hear / click to hear - once
- 'sometime' or pragmatic marker
eerste click to hear 2 - first ~ also: eerst click to hear 2
elk click to hear - every, each, any - elk / elke click to hear
eigenlijk click to hear 2 - actually
elkaar click to hear - each other
er * click to hear / click to hear - ~there - in this/that place
- there is, there are - introducing statements
- it 'placeholder' (with preposition)
- 'pragmatic marker'
erg * click to hear - very
- awful, terrible, very bad
ergens click to hear 2 - somewhere
even * click to hear - for a moment
- (even ... als click to hear) just as, equally
- even (numbers)
[(de)] fout click to hear - wrong; mistake - (fout / foute click to hear 2 3) - see also
gaan * click to hear - to go
geduld click to hear 2 - patience
geen click to hear - no, zero quantity
gelijk click to hear 2 - equal - gelijke click to hear 2
gelijk hebben click to hear 2 - to be right
(het) geluk click to hear 2 - luck; happiness
gewoon click to hear - common, usual, regular; just (gewoon / gewone click to hear 2)
gezellig click to hear 2 3 - ~cosy, ~enjoyable, ~pleasant, ~gregarious, ~nice
goed click to hear 2 3 - 'good' and 'well' - (goed / goede click to hear)
- 'right, correct'
haast * click to hear - hurry, haste
- almost, nearly
hard click to hear - ~hard ('not soft' / 'requiring great effort' / 'with great force' / 'intense, powerful') & loud & fast - hard / harde click to hear
hebben * click to hear - auxiliary verb for the perfect tense
- to have, to own
heel click to hear 2 3 - very
helemaal click to hear 2 - ~completely, entirely, fully, all over
het click to hear 2 3 / 't click to hear * - ~the
- it
hier click to hear 2 - here
(de) hoop click to hear 2 - hope - hopen click to hear 2 to hope
horen * click to hear 2 - to hear
houden click to hear 2 - ~to hold etc.
houden van click to hear - to love, to like
ieder click to hear - every,each - ieder / iedere click to hear 2
iedereen click to hear - everybody, everyone, 'all'
iemand click to hear - somebody, someone
iets click to hear - something
kennen * click to hear - to know (people) / to be familiar with
keurig click to hear - neat, proper - keurig/keurige click to hear
klaar click to hear - ready (done, finished; prepared)
komen * click to hear - to come
kunnen * click to hear - 'can,' be able to
kwaad click to hear 2 - angry - kwade click to hear 2 3
laat * click to hear - late, not in/on time - laat/late click to hear 2
- 'let,' allow - see also: - laten
laaste click to hear 2 - last ~ also: laatst click to hear 2
langzaam click to hear - slow - langzaam/langzame click to hear
laten * click to hear - to let, allow - and more
later click to hear - later, afterwards, in the future
lekker click to hear 2 3 4 - 'enjoyable, nice, delicious' or simply 'good' or 'well' - lekker / lekkere click to hear 2
leuk click to hear 2 3 4 5 - enjoyable, nice, pleasant' or 'funny, amusing' and 'pretty, attractive' - leuk / leuke click to hear 2 3)
lezen * click to hear - to read
lief click to hear - dear, sweet - lief / lieve click to hear
liever click to hear 2 3 - rather (I'd prefer)
liggen * click to hear 2 - to lie (down)
lopen * click to hear 2 - to walk
maar * click to hear - but (contrast, contradictions)
- just, only
- pragmatic marker
maken * click to hear - to make
meer click to hear - more
meer dan click to hear 2 3 - more than, over
meest click to hear - most
meestal click to hear 2 - most of the time, usually
minder click to hear - less & fewer
minst click to hear - least
mis click to hear - wrong - see also
moeten * click to hear 2 - 'must,' 'should,' to have to etc.
mogen * click to hear 2 - 'may,' be allowed to
na click to hear - after
nergens click to hear 2 - nowhere
net * click to hear - just like - net ... als click to hear 2
- 'just, barely' - a moment ago
- 'just' - 'exactly, precisely' see also: precies
- neat, proper
- net (fishing, safety, network etc.)
niet click to hear 2 - not, do not
niet veel - not much, not many, little, few
niets click to hear / niks click to hear - nothing
niemand click to hear 2 - nobody, no-one
noch click to hear - (neither ...) nor - (old-fashioned)
nodig click to hear - necessary
nodig hebben click to hear 2 - to need
nog * click to hear - still & yet (remaining, ongoing)
- (with a superlative) even, still
nogal click to hear 2 - rather, quite, in a large degree
nu click to hear / nou click to hear 2 3 - now
of * click to hear - or - choice
- if, whether - 'I wonder if ...'
om * click to hear - at (hours)
(om ... te click to hear) - to / for - reason for, aim or purpose, because of, in order to, with the intention ...
- 'about,' '~because of,' 'for' - giving a reason
- around or: a turnaround
- 'alternating'
- other translations
omdat click to hear - because
ook click to hear - also, too
over * click to hear 2 - in amount of time until
- past hours on the clock
- over, across 'bridging'
- about (a subject)
- 'over zijn' & 'over blijven' - left, remaining
- other translations
overal click to hear 2 - everywhere
'n paar click to hear - a few, a random small number
(het) plezier click to hear - 'pleasure' - fun, joy, enjoyment
praten * click to hear - to talk, chat
precies click to hear 2 - exactly, precisely
prettig click to hear - nice, pleasant / comfortable, pleasant
raar click to hear 2 - strange, odd, weird - raar/rare click to hear 2
[(het)] recht click to hear 2 - the right to ...; straight - (recht / rechte click to hear 2)
rustig click to hear - calm, peaceful, quiet, steady, not hurried
saai click to hear (saai / saaie click to hear 2) - boring
samen click to hear - together
schrijven * click to hear 2 3 - to write
slecht click to
hear - bad (slecht / slechte click to hear 2)
snel click to hear - quick, rapid, fast
spoed click to hear - haste, speed, rush, urgency
spreken * click to hear - to speak
staan * click to hear - to stand
stil click to hear 2 - quiet, no sound - stil/stille click to hear 2
tegen click to hear - against
teleurstellend click to hear - disappointing
toch click to hear - 'still, yet' - 'nevertheless' - 'despite something' - 'after all' - or something else
(de) tocht click to hear 2 - difficult journey; military campaign; draft (airflow)
de toekomst click to hear - the future
toen * click to hear 2 3 - then, at that time - (in the past)
- when - 'at the time that'
van * click to hear 2 - of - ownership, asociation, relationship etc
- from - point of departure, place of origin, starting point
- by - creators of art
- other translations
veel click to hear 2 3 - much & many
verdriet click to hear 2 - grief, sorrow
droevig click to hear - sad - droevige click to hear
verkeerd click to hear - wrong (verkeerd / verkeerde click to hear 2)
verschrikkelijk click to hear - terrible, horrible, very serious - verschrikkelijke click to hear 2
verstaan click to hear 2 - to understand (- hear what is said) - see also begrijpen
vervelend click to hear - unpleasant, annoying - vervelend / vervelende click to hear 2
'zich vervelen' click to hear 2 is 'to be bored'
vinden click to hear - 1. to find 2. 'to think' (voicing opinions)
voor * click to hear 2 - before (time)
- in front of (place)
- for destination, intention, exchange
- for, in favor of
- other translations
voorbij click to hear - over, past, 'history'
vrienden click to hear - friends
vroeg * click to hear - early - vroege click to hear
- asked (singular)
vroeger click to hear - earlier; in the past
vrolijk click to hear - cheerful, merry
waar * click to hear - where? what place?
- where - the place that indicating a location
- (with preposition) what (placeholder)
- true, real
(de) waarde click to hear - value, 'worth'
waarom? click to hear 2 - why? what for?
wanneer? click to hear - when? at what time?
want click to hear 2 - because - see also omdat
wat * click to hear - what? what is? what is it?
- what the thing that, the event that (placeholder)
- what a! such a! how!
- some, a small quantity of
- something
weinig click to hear 2 3 4 - little & few
[(het)] weer click to hear 2 - weather; again - see also: Weather Talk
wel click to hear - amplifier, 'do'
wel eens click to hear 2 - ever, sometime, sometimes, occasionally
welk click to hear 2 - which - welk/welke' click to hear 2
(de) wens click to hear - wish
weten * click to hear - to know (things) / to have knowledge of
willen 2 * click to hear 2 - to want, wish, would like to, desire
worden * click to hear 2 - auxiliary verb for the passive voice ('to be')
- to become
zeggen * click to hear 2 - to say
zelfs click to hear - English 'even' - extreme or unexpected situations
zien * click to hear - to see
zijn * click to hear - auxiliary verb for the perfect tense
- to be
(de) zin click to hear 2 - sense (etc.) / sentence
zin hebben in click to hear 2 - to feel like (to want)
zitten * click to hear - to sit
zo * click to hear - so, so very a high degree of
- that, that very, thàt
- zo een, zo'n such a, a very
- (in) this/that way, like this/that
- soon, in a moment
zo ... als click to hear 2 / zoals click to hear 2 - like, as, similar to, the way that
zomaar click to hear 2 3 - just like that - suddenly happening, no clear cause or reason
zulk click to hear - such - zulk/zulke click to hear
zullen * click to hear - shall/will, auxiliary verb for the future tense

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