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Hear The Names of Towns and Cities etc. in Holland (The Netherlands) and Belgium

België click to hear 2 (Belgium) - Nederland click to hear 2 ('Holland,' The Netherlands)
All names except one are pronounced in the Northern Dutch manner
Travel Vocabulary and Phrases

Place Names in Holland, The Netherlands

Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets Various Various
Aalsmeer click to hear
Aardenburg click to hear
Abcoude click to hear
Aerdenhout click to hear 2
Alkemade click to hear 2
Alkmaar click to hear
Almelo click to hear
Almere click to hear
Alphen aan de Rijn click to hear
Amersfoort click to hear
Amstelveen click to hear 2
Amsterdam click to hear
Apeldoorn click to hear
Appelscha click to hear
Arcen click to hear 2
Arnemuiden click to hear
Arnhem click to hear
Assen click to hear
Axel click to hear
Baarn click to hear 2
Badhoevedorp click to hear
Barchem click to hear 2
Barneveld click to hear
Bennekom click to hear
Bergen click to hear
Bergen-Binnen click to hear 2
Bergen op Zoom click to hear
Beverwijk click to hear 2
Biddinghuizen click to hear
Biervliet click to hear 2
Bilthoven click to hear
Bloemendaal click to hear
Bolsward click to hear
Borculo click to hear
Born click to hear
Borssele click to hear
Breda click to hear
Breukelen click to hear 2
Broek click to hear 2 >>
Broek op Langedijk click to hear
Brouwershaven click to hear 2
Brunssum click to hear
Buitenveldert click to hear 2
Buren click to hear 2
Bussum click to hear
Coevorden click to hear 2
Culemborg click to hear 2
Cuyk click to hear
De Bilt click to hear 2
Delft click to hear 2
Delfzijl click to hear
Den Bosch click to hear
Den Burg click to hear
Den Briel click to hear
Den Haag click to hear 2
Den Helder click to hear
Deventer click to hear
Dieren click to hear
Diever click to hear
Dodewaard click to hear
Doesburg click to hear
Doetinchem click to hear
Dokkum click to hear
Dommel click to hear
Dongen click to hear 2
Dordrecht click to hear
Drachten click to hear
Dronten click to hear
Dwingeloo click to hear 2
Edam click to hear 2
Ede click to hear 2
Eemnes click to hear
Eersel click to hear
Egmond click to hear 2
Eindhoven click to hear 2
Elburg click to hear 2
Elsloo click to hear
Emmeloord click to hear
Emmen click to hear 2
Emmer-Compascuum click to hear
Engelen click to hear
Enkhuizen click to hear
Enschede click to hear *
Ermelo click to hear
Etten-Leur click to hear
Exel click to hear 2
Franeker click to hear
Geertruidenberg click to hear 2
Geldermalsen click to hear
Geleen click to hear
Gemert click to hear
Genemuiden click to hear 2
Gennep click to hear 2
Goes click to hear
Gorcum (Gorinchem) click to hear
Gouda click to hear 2
's-Gravesande click to hear 2 *
Groet click to hear 2
Grave click to hear
Grolloo click to hear
Groningen click to hear
Haaksbergen click to hear 2
Haarlem click to hear
Halfweg click to hear 2
Hardenberg click to hear
Harderwijk click to hear 2
Haren click to hear
Harlingen click to hear
Heelsum click to hear
Heemstede click to hear
Heerenveen click to hear
Heerlen click to hear
Heiloo click to hear 2
Hellevoetsluis click to hear
Helmond click to hear
Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht click to hear
Hengelo click to hear
Hillegom click to hear 2
Hilversum click to hear
Hindeloopen click to hear
Hoek van Holland click to hear
Hoenderlo click to hear
Hoensbroek click to hear
Hoevelaken click to hear
Hogezand-Sappemeer click to hear
Hoofddorp click to hear 2
Hoogeveen click to hear
Hoorn click to hear
Hulst click to hear
IJlst click to hear 2
IJmuiden click to hear 2
Kaatsheuvel click to hear 2
Kampen click to hear
Katwijk click to hear
Kerkrade click to hear
Kinderdijk click to hear 2
Kralingen click to hear
Leeuwarden click to hear
Leiden click to hear
Leidschendam click to hear
Lelystad click to hear
Lisse click to hear 2
Lochem click to hear
Loon op Zand click to hear 2
Loosdrecht click to hear
Losser click to hear 2
Maassluis click to hear
Maastricht click to hear 2
Medemblik click to hear
Meppel click to hear
Middelburg click to hear 2
Monnikendam click to hear 2
Muiden click to hear
Naarden click to hear
Nieuwe Pekela click to hear
Nijkerk click to hear
Nijmegen click to hear
Nijverdal click to hear
Nunspeet click to hear 2
Oegstgeest click to hear 2
Oldebroek click to hear
Oldenzaal click to hear 2
Olst click to hear
Ommen click to hear
Oostburg click to hear
Oosterbeek click to hear
Oosterhout click to hear 2
Opheusden click to hear
Oss click to hear
Otterlo click to hear
Oud-Beijerland click to hear 2
Oude Ade click to hear 2
Oude Pekela click to hear
Oudekerk aan de IJssel click to hear 2
Oudewater click to hear
Petten click to hear
Pijnacker click to hear
Purmerend click to hear
Ravenstein click to hear
Renkum click to hear 2
Rhenen click to hear
Rijswijk click to hear
Roermond click to hear
Roosendaal click to hear
Rotterdam click to hear
Schaarsbergen click to hear
Schagen click to hear
Schermerhorn click to hear 2
Scherpenzeel click to hear
Scheveningen click to hear
Schiedam click to hear
Schinnen click to hear
Schoonhoven click to hear
Schoonoord click to hear 2
Schoorl click to hear
Serooskerke click to hear 2
Sittard click to hear
Sliedrecht click to hear
Sloten click to hear 2
Sloterdijk click to hear
Sluis click to hear 2
Sneek click to hear 2
Spijkenisse click to hear
Soest click to hear
Soestdijk click to hear
Soesterberg click to hear 2
Stadskanaal click to hear
Staphorst click to hear 2
Stavoren click to hear
Swifterbant click to hear 2
Terneuzen click to hear
Tiel click to hear 2
Tilburg click to hear
Tubbergen click to hear 2
Ubbergen click to hear 2
Uden click to hear 2
Uitgeest click to hear 2
Uithoorn click to hear
Urk click to hear
Utrecht click to hear 2
Vaals click to hear
Valkenburg click to hear 2
Valkenswaard click to hear
Veendam click to hear 2
Veere click to hear
Veghel click to hear
Veldhoven click to hear 2
Velsen click to hear 2 *
Venlo click to hear
Venraij click to hear *
Vianen click to hear 2
Vlaardingen click to hear 2
Vlissingen click to hear
Voorburg click to hear 2
Voorschoten click to hear
Vorden click to hear
Vught click to hear
Waalwijk click to hear 2
Waalre click to hear
Waddinxveen click to hear
Wageningen click to hear 2 >>
Warmond click to hear 2
Wassenaar click to hear
Weesp click to hear 2
Westerbork click to hear 2
Wezep click to hear
Wieringerwerf click to hear 2
Wijchen click to hear 2 *
Wijhe click to hear *
Wijk aan Zee click to hear 2
Wijk bij Duurstede click to hear
Winterswijk click to hear
Woensdrecht click to hear 2
Woerden click to hear 2
Workum click to hear
Yerseke click to hear *
Zaandam click to hear
Zaanstad click to hear
Zaltbommel click to hear
Zandvoort click to hear
Zeewolde click to hear
Zeist click to hear
Zestienhoven click to hear
Zetten click to hear
Zevenaar click to hear 2
Zierikzee click to hear
Zoetermeer click to hear 2
Zutphen click to hear 2
Zwanenburg click to hear 2
Zwartebroek click to hear 2
Dutch Provinces
Groningen click to hear
Friesland click to hear 2
Drente click to hear
Overijssel click to hear
Gelderland click to hear
Utrecht click to hear 2
Noord Holland click to hear 2
Zuid Holland click to hear 2
Zeeland click to hear 2
Noord Brabant click to hear 2
Limburg click to hear
Flevoland click to hear 2

Regions
De Achterhoek click to hear
De Betuwe click to hear
Brabant click to hear
't Gooi click to hear
de Graafschap click to hear
De Kaag click to hear 2
Kennemerland click to hear 2
De Peel click to hear 2
Twente click to hear
De Veluwe click to hear
Waterland click to hear
West-Friesland click to hear 2
't Westland click to hear
Zeeuws Vlaanderen click to hear
Zuid-Limburg click to hear

The 'Frisian' Islands
De Waddeneilanden click to hear
Texel click to hear 2 *
Vlieland click to hear
Terschelling click to hear 2
Ameland click to hear
Schiermonnikoog click to hear

South-West 'Holland'
Voorne Putten click to hear
de Hoekse Waard click to hear
Tiengemeten click to hear
Goeree Overflakkee click to hear
Schouwen Duiveland click to hear
Tholen click to hear
Sint-Philipsland click to hear
Noord-Beveland click to hear
Walcheren click to hear 2
Zuid-Beveland click to hear
Zeeuws-Vlaanderen click to hear
map

Rivers. Lakes etc.
(de) Amstel click to hear 2
de Biesbosch click to hear
Doggersbank click to hear 2
Het IJ click to hear / 't IJ click to hear 2 3
De IJssel click to hear
Het IJsselmeer click to hear
De Jeker click to hear
De Lek click to hear 2
De Linge click to hear
De Maas click to hear
Kromme Rijn click to hear
De Merwede click to hear
De Noordzee click to hear 2
(het) Noordzeekanaal click to hear
De Rijn click to hear 2
(de) Rotte click to hear
De Schelde click to hear 2
(het) Tjeukemeer click to hear
De Vecht click to hear 2
De Vlist click to hear
De Waal click to hear 2
De Waddenzee click to hear
Oostvaardersplassen click to hear 2 3

Polders click to hear
(reclaimed land)
Egmondermeer click to hear (1556)
Bergermeer click to hear 2 (1565)
Zijpe click to hear 2 (1599)
Wogmeer click to hear 2 (1608)
Horstermeer click to hear (1610)
Beemster click to hear 2 (1612)
Zoetermeer click to hear 2 (1614)
Purmer click to hear 2 (1622)
Wijde Wormer click to hear (1626)
Bijlmermeer click to hear 2 (1628)
Diemermeer click to hear 2 (1629)
Watergraafsmeer click to hear (1629)
Heerhugowaard click to hear (1631)
Schermer click to hear 2 (1635)
Zuidplaspolder click to hear (1839)
Anna Paulownapolder click to hear (1847)
Haarlemmermeer click to hear (1852)
Prins Alexanderpolder click to hear (1874)
Andijk click to hear (experiment, 1927)
Wieringermeer click to hear (1930)
de Noordoostpolder click to hear 2 (1942)
Oostelijk Flevoland click to hear 2 (1957)
Zuidelijk Flevoland click to hear (1968)
de Markerwaard click to hear (not realized)
map - years of completion
from Bosatlas 1961

Verdronken Land click to hear 2
(drowned land)
Reimerswaal click to hear
Saaftinge click to hear

Various
de Afsluitdijk click to hear 2
Bartlehiem click to hear 2 >>
Bilderberg click to hear
Delfshaven click to hear 2
Den Bosch / 's-Hertogenbosch click to hear 2
Den Haag / 's-Gravenhage click to hear
's-Gravenhage click to hear (**)
Dordt click to hear 2
Dorestad click to hear
Galgenwaard click to hear 2
Gelre click to hear 2
Grebbeberg click to hear
Goejanverwellesluis click to hear
't Groene Hart click to hear 2
Heiligerlee click to hear
de Hoge Veluwe click to hear 2 3
Hollands Spoor click to hear 2
Kamperduin click to hear 2
de Keukenhof click to hear 2
Kraailoo click to hear
Lobith click to hear
de Mijnstreek click to hear
Mokum click to hear >>
de Mookerhei click to hear
Nieuwpoort click to hear
Nijenrode click to hear 2
Oeteldonk click to hear
Overschie click to hear
de Randstad click to hear 2
Schiphol click to hear
Schokland click to hear
Smeerenburg click to hear
De Spaarnestad click to hear
Stad en Lande click to hear 2
Staveren click to hear
Sticht click to hear
stormvloedkering click to hear
Tietjerkstradeel click to hear >>
Zeeuwen click to hear 2
Zuiderzee click to hear 2

* - irregular pronunciation

Amsterdam street names etc.: (by request) - (Rembrandt) - (Old New York) - (The Diary of Anne Frank)

[map of the present-day Netherlands]
The Netherlands, now
(and hear names spoken)
[map showing the extent of the 1953 flooding and the dams
  built
  since then]
The Delta Protection Works
- with names spoken
[map showing hte reclaimed land in the old Zuyder Zee]
20th Century Land Reclamation
- with names spoken
More Maps with Names Spoken:

Market Garden (The Bridge too Far)

Friesland

The Netherlands in The World

The Netherlands in Europe

Dutch Names of Foreign Lands

Dutch Names of Cities and Towns in Belgium

Dutch Names of Cities and Towns in Belgium Dutch Names of French
and Walloon Towns and Cities
Aalst click to hear
Aarschot click to hear
Antwerpen click to hear (Anvers)
Assenede click to hear
Baasrode click to hear
Balen click to hear
Blankenberge click to hear
Boom click to hear 2
Borgerhout click to hear 2
Brasschaat click to hear
Brugge click to hear (Bruges)
Brussel click to hear (Bruxelles)
Damme click to hear
Deinze click to hear
Denderleeuw click to hear
Dendermonde click to hear
De Panne click to hear
Deurne click to hear
Diest click to hear
Diksmuiden click to hear 2
Eeklo click to hear
Ekeren click to hear
Evergem click to hear
Gavere click to hear
Geel click to hear B
Genk click to hear
Gent click to hear 2 (Gand)
Geraardsbergen click to hear 2
Hasselt click to hear 2
Heist click to hear
Herentals click to hear
Herstal click to hear
Hoboken click to hear
Hoegaarden click to hear
Houthalen click to hear
Ieper click to hear (Ypres/Wipers)
Izegem click to hear
Knokke click to hear
Lanaken click to hear
Landen click to hear 2
Leuven click to hear (Louvain)
Lier click to hear
Lokeren click to hear 2
Maldegem click to hear
Mechelen click to hear (Malines)
Meenen click to hear 2
Merchtem click to hear
Merksem click to hear
Meulebeke click to hear
Mol click to hear 2
Molenbeek click to hear
Mortsel click to hear
Neerwinden click to hear
Nieuwkerke click to hear 2
Nieuwpoort click to hear
Oostende click to hear
Oudenaarde click to hear 2
Oudenburg click to hear
Overmere click to hear
Passendale click to hear
Poperinge click to hear
Roeselare click to hear 2
Rozebeke click to hear
Ruiselede click to hear
Rupelmonde click to hear
Scherpenheuvel click to hear
Schoten click to hear
Sint Truiden click to hear 2
Sint Niklaas click to hear
Steenkerke click to hear
Tielt click to hear 2
Tienen click to hear
Tongeren click to hear 2
Torhout click to hear
Turnhout click to hear
Veurne click to hear
Vilvoorde click to hear 2
Waterloo click to hear
West Rozebeke click to hear
Zaventem click to hear
Zeebrugge click to hear
Zottegem click to hear
Atrecht click to hear (Arras, France)
Belle click to hear (Bailleul)
Bergen click to hear (Mons)
Borgworm click to hear 2 (Waremme)
Doornik click to hear 2 (Tournai)
Dowaai click to hear 2 (Douai, France)
Duinkerken click to hear (Dunkirk/Dunkerque, France)
Geldenaken click to hear 2 (Jodoigne)
Grevelingen click to hear 2 (Gravelines, France)
Hazebroek click to hear (Hazebrouck, France)
Hoei click to hear (Huy)
Hondschoote click to hear (France)
Kamerijk click to hear (Cambrai, France)
Kassel click to hear (Cassel, France)
Komen click to hear (Comines)
Kortrijk click to hear 2 (Courtrai)
Luik click to hear (Liège)
Mabuse click to hear 2 (Maubeuge)
Moeskroen click to hear (Mouscron)
Mergem click to hear (Merville, France)
Namen click to hear (Namur)
Nijvel click to hear 2 (Nivelles)
Rijssel (Rijsel) click to hear (Lille, France)
Robeke click to hear (Roubaix, France)
Ronse click to hear (Renaix)
Sint Omaars click to hear 2 (St. Omer, France)
Sint Winoksbergen click to hear (Bergues, France)
Steenvoorde click to hear 2 (France)
Terwaan click to hear (Thérouanne, France)
Toerkonje click to hear (Tourcoing, France)
Waver click to hear (Wavre)
Wormhoudt click to hear (France)
Belgian Provinces
Brabant click to hear
Henegouwen click to hear (Hainaut)
Limburg click to hear
Vlaanderen click to hear
...

Streams in Belgium
De IJzer click to hear 2
De Leie click to hear
De Schelde click to hear
't Zwin click to hear
...

Sea Battle Locations

Duins click to hear 2 (1639 Downs, near Dover)
Texel click to hear 2 * (1653)
Ter Heyde click to hear 2 (1653)
Terschelling click to hear 2 (English raid, 1666)
Kijkduin click to hear 2 3 (1673)
Schooneveld click to hear (1673)
Doggersbank click to hear 2 (1781)
Kamperduin click to hear 2 ('Camperdown' 1797)

Dutch Names Abroad: South Africa and Namibia

Zuid-Afrika click to hear 2

'apartheid' click to hear 2

De Aar click to hear
Bloemfontein click to hear
Bloemhof click to hear 2
Ermelo click to hear
Graaf-Reinet click to hear
Johannesburg click to hear

Kaapstad click to hear
Kroonstad click to hear
Krugersdorp click to hear
Magersfontein click to hear
Middelburg click to hear 2
Oudtshoorn click to hear
Pietermaritzburg click to hear
Pietersburg click to hear
Potchefstroom click to hear
Springbok click to hear 2
Stellenbos click to hear
Swellendam click to hear
Uitenhage click to hear
Vereniging click to hear
Vrijburg click to hear
Vrijheid click to hear
Welkom click to hear 2
Witwatersrand click to hear 2
(various)
Kaap De Goede Hoop click to hear 2
Tafelberg click to hear
Robbeneiland click to hear
Oranje Vrijstaat click to hear
Transvaal click to hear
Modderrivier click to hear
Zandrivier click to hear
Zondagrivier click to hear
Mosselbaai click to hear
Namibia
Grootfontein click to hear
Keetmanshoop click to hear 2
Walvisbaai click to hear 2
Warmbad click to hear 2
Windhoek click to hear 2
Afrikaans The South African Language of Dutch origin

Dutch Names Abroad: Old New York

(most in modern Dutch spelling)
Nieuw Nederland click to hear 2 New Holland (New Netherlands)
Nieuw Amsterdam click to hear 2 New Amsterdam

Amersfoort click to hear
Beekman click to hear 2
Bergen click to hear 2
Beverwijk click to hear 2
blekers
('bleachers'- whitening)
click to hear 2 Bleecker St.
Boswijk click to hear Bushwick?
bouwerij
('farm' - old-fashioned)
click to hear 2 the Bowery
de Brede Weg click to hear 2 Broadway
Breukelen click to hear 2 Brooklyn
Jonas Bronck click to hear the Bronx
Fort Nassau click to hear
Fort Oranje click to hear 2 (Albany)
Gansevoort click to hear 2
's-Gravesande click to hear 2 Gravesend?
Greenwijk click to hear 2 Greenwich?
Haarlem click to hear Harlem
Heemstede click to hear Hempstead
Hoboken click to hear
Inclenberg click to hear (now: Murray's Hill)
jonker
(squire, large landowner)
click to hear 2 Yonkers
Kats Kill
('cats' river')
click to hear 2 Catskills
Kinderhoek
('children's corner')?
click to hear 2 Van Buren's 'Kinderhook'
Konijneneiland
('rabbits' island')
click to hear Coney Island
Kraailoo (Crailo) click to hear Crailo
Kromme Zee
('crooked lake')
click to hear 2 ???Gramercy
't Lange Eiland
'(the) Long Island'
click to hear Long Island
Middelburg click to hear 2
Nassau click to hear
Nederhorst click to hear 2
Nooten Eylandt
('nuts' island')
click to hear now: Governor's Island
Pavonia
('pauw' click to hear 2 'peacock')
click to hear "Mr. Pauw's Land" (~Latin)
Rensselaar click to hear
Rensselaarswijk click to hear
Schermerhorn click to hear 2
Schuylkill
('hidden river')
click to hear
Spuyten Duyvil
('the devil's hose'?)
click to hear 2
Staten Land click to hear Staten Island
Texel click to hear 2 *
Utrecht click to hear
Varkenshoek
('pigs' corner')
click to hear 2
Varkenskill
('pigs' river')
click to hear
Vlacke Bos click to hear Flatbush?
Vlissingen click to hear Flushing
Vriesendaal click to hear
Walstraat click to hear 2 Wall Street
Warmond click to hear 2
Watervliet click to hear 2
Willemstad click to hear 2
Wiltwyck click to hear (now: Kingston)

Noord Rivier click to hear the Hudson
Zuid Rivier click to hear the Delaware
Verse Rivier
(fresh-water river?)
click to hear the Connecticut
Zwanendaal
(swans' valley)
click to hear (the Delaware colony)
Before there was a New York, English sailors already used the name 'Flushing' for the Dutch port of Vlissingen click to hear
See and Hear also Dutch Family Names and Old New York
Dutch family names database: Meertens Institute

Dutch Names Abroad: Indonesia and New Guinea

Indonesië click to hear Indonesia
Nederlands-Indië click to hear The Dutch Indies
Batavia click to hear 2 Jakarta
Buitenzorg click to hear Bogor
Meester Cornelis click to hear 2 (Batavia suburb)
Weltevreden click to hear 2 ('content,' Batavia suburb)
Onrust click to hear ('restlessness') small island in Jakarta Bay
Fort De Kock click to hear 2 (near Padang, Sumatra)
(Westelijk) Nieuw Guinea click to hear 2 (Western) New Guinea
Hollandia click to hear (the capital)
Vogelkop click to hear (Bird's Head)
Geelvinkbaai click to hear 2 (Yellow-Finch Bay)
Schouten Eilanden click to hear (Schouten Islands)
See and Hear also Malay Words in Dutch

Dutch Names Abroad: The (Former) Dutch Caribbean and Surinam(e)

Willemstad click to hear 2
Schottegat click to hear
Oranjestad click to hear 2
Kralendijk click to hear 2
de Antillen click to hear 2 the Antilles
>>
Zanderij click to hear
Wageningen click to hear 2
A sports journalist said on TV that he had seen a sign 'Netherlands Anthills' at some Olympics event

The Dutch in Brazil (1630-1654)

Mauritsstad click to hear 2 Pernambuco
Frederikstad click to hear 2 Parahyba
Fort Maurits click to hear 2
Fort Keulen click to hear Natal
Allerheiligenbaai click to hear San Salvador? 1624

Geographical Features

(de) zee click to hear sea
(de) kust click to hear coast
(de) baai click to hear bay
(het) strand click to hear beach
(de/het) duin click to hear dune
(het) meer click to hear 2 lake
(de) plas click to hear 2 small lake, pond;
also: puddle
(de) poel click to hear 2 small lake, pond
- usually murky
(de) ven click to hear small lake, pond
(het) water click to hear 2 water
(de) rivier click to hear river
(de) vliet click to hear small stream
(de) mond click to hear mouth
muiden click to hear mouth(s) (dialect)
(de) beek click to hear brook
(het) eiland click to hear 2 island
(het) schiereiland click to hear peninsula
(het) kanaal click to hear canal, channel
(de) gracht click to hear city canal
(de) sloot click to hear ditch
(de) dijk click to hear dike, levee
(de) dam click to hear 2 dam
(de) berg click to hear 'mountain'
(het) gebergte click to hear 2 mountain range
(de) heuvel click to hear hill
(het) dal click to hear 2 valley
(de) vallei click to hear valley
(de) hei
(de) heide
click to hear
click to hear
moor, heath
(het) moeras click to hear swamp
(het) bos click to hear forest
(het) woud click to hear large forest
(het) land click to hear land
(het) veen click to hear peat land
(het) veld click to hear field
(de) akker click to hear agriculture field
(het) weiland click to hear 2 meadow
(het) kamp click to hear camp, enclosed area
(de) waard click to hear area near water
(het) gebied click to hear 2 area, region
(de) streek click to hear 2 area, region
(de) woestijn click to hear desert
(de) oase click to hear oasis
(de) stad click to hear city, town
steden click to hear 2 cities, towns
(het) dorp click to hear village
(het) gehucht click to hear 2 hamlet
(het) huis click to hear 2 house
(de) huizen click to hear houses
(de) plaats click to hear place
(de) weg click to hear way, road
(de) straat click to hear street
(het) pad click to hear 2 path
(de) brink click to hear 2 village square
(het) plein click to hear 2 square
(de) brug click to hear bridge
(de) poort click to hear gate
(de) kerk click to hear church
(het) kerkhof click to hear 2 graveyard
(de) grens click to hear border
(het) land click to hear country
(de) staat click to hear state, country
(de) stadsstaat click to hear city-state
(het) platteland click to hear the countryside
de Mijnstreek click to hear 'the Mining Area' - former coalmining region in Southern Limburg
het Roergebied click to hear 'the Ruhr (Area)' - industrial area in Germany
't Land van Maas en Waal click to hear 2 (an area East of Nijmegen, between the Maas (Meuse) and Waal rivers)
In modern Dutch, 'broek' click to hear means 'pants, trousers,' but in the past it was also a common word for 'swamp.' The Dutch name for Georgetown, Guyana was Stabroek click to hear ('swamp of stagnant water,') and many Dutch family names have this 'broek,' like for instance Van den Broek click to hear and Westbroek click to hear.
The endings '-foort' click to hear, '-voorde' click to hear and other variations mean 'ford,' like in English names, a shallow place in a river or stream where it could be crossed on foot.
Modern Dutch 'hout' click to hear means 'wood,' the beautiful material, but in older Dutch it also meant 'forest, wood' like in English, the wild place filled wth trees. It may be that Holland click to hear originally was something like 'Hout-land.'
Dutch hof click to hear (plural: hoven click to hear) usually means 'court,' but an older meaning is 'courtyard' or 'farm,' and small villages like Achthoven click to hear (acht click to hear '8,') Tienhoven click to hear (tien click to hear '10') and other numbers are found in family names. numbers
Zestienhoven click to hear ('16') is the small Rotterdam airport.
English 'place name' may refer to any geographical feature, but Dutch plaatsnaam click to hear 2 is only the name of a town or city.
oud click to hear 2 (oud/oude click to hear) old
nieuw click to hear (nieuw/nieuwe click to hear 2) new
hoog click to hear (hoog/hoge click to hear) high
laag click to hear 2 (laag/lage click to hear 2) low
lang click to hear 2 (lang/lange click to hear) long
kort click to hear 2 (kort/korte click to hear) short
krom click to hear 2 (krom/kromme click to hear) crooked, not straight
noord click to hear North
oost click to hear East
zuid click to hear South
west click to hear West
(de) gemeente click to hear 2 municipality
(de) provincie click to hear 2 province
The official name of the Dutch Republic (ca. 1575-1795) was De Zeven Provinciën click to
hear (7) or De Verenigde Provinciën click to hear ('The United Provinces.')
Although the article is rarely used with names of towns and countries, they are almost all 'het' woorden:
het Delft van Vermeer click to hear 2 ([the Delft of Vermeer] 'Vermeer's Delft')
't Nederland van na de oorlog click to hear ([the Netherlands of after-the-war] 'postwar Holland')
but: De Verenigde Staten click to hear 2 ('The United States') - De Sovjetunie click to hear ('The Soviet Union')

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