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Dutch Verb Spreken ('to Speak') - Smartphones Page

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Spreken - Conjugation

'Spreken' click to hear 'to speak' is a strong verb:
spreken
to speak
- sprak
spoke
- gesproken
spoken
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Like almost all verbs with A in the simple past tense, that A is 'short' in the singular, but 'long' in the plural

overview
spreken to speak
ik spreek I speak
wij spreken we speak
ik sprak I spoke
wij spraken we spoke
ik heb gesproken I have spoken
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simple present tense
spreken to speak
ik spreek I speak
jij spreekt you speak (singular, informal you)
hij spreekt he speaks
wij spreken we speak
jullie spreken you speak (plural, informal you)
zij spreken they speak
U spreekt you speak (polite you)
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simple past tense
(spreken) to speak
ik sprak I spoke
jij sprak you spoke
hij sprak he spoke
wij spraken we spoke
jullie spraken y'all spoke
zij spraken they spoke
U sprak you spoke
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present perfect tense
ik heb gesproken click to hear I have spoken
[I'm speaking]
ik spreek click to hear 2
'The Speaking Dutchman'

'Spreken' - Sample Sentences


Ik spreek Nederlands click to hear 2
[I speak Dutch] - I'm speaking Dutch, I do speak Dutch
Ik spreek geen Engels click to hear 2
I don't speak English

Je spreekt goed Nederlands click to hear 2
[You speak good Dutch] - You speak Dutch well
Hij spreekt vloeiend Nederlands click to hear 2
[He speaks fluent Dutch] - He speaks Dutch fluently
Hij spreekt ook Duits click to hear
He also speaks German

Veel mensen spreken Engels click to hear
Many people speak English
Niet veel mensen spreken Latijn click to hear
[Not many] Few people speak Latin

Zou je alsjeblieft Nederlands willen spreken? click to hear
Could you please speak Dutch? (informal 'you') Zou U alstublieft Nederlands willen spreken? click to hear Could you please speak Dutch? (polite 'you')

Zou U wat langzamer willen spreken? click to hear 2
Could you please speak [somewhat] a little slower?

Ik spreek geen Nederlands click to hear 2
I don't speak Dutch
Ik spreek helaas geen Nederlands click to hear 2
Unfortunately, I don't speak Dutch

Ik spreek niet goed Nederlands click to hear 2
I don't speak Dutch well
Ik spreek geen goed Nederlands (?) click to hear
I don't speak Dutch well

Met wie spreek ik? click to hear 2
Who am I speaking to? Who's calling? (on the telephone)

Hij sprak veel click to hear
He spoke much, he was talking a lot
Er werd veel gesproken over vrijheid click to hear 2
There was much [spoken] talk about freedom

Wie spreekt er voor de slachtoffers? click to hear 2 3
Who speaks for the victims? (who voices their viewpoint)

Wilt U via een tolk spreken? click to hear 2
Would you like to speak using an interpreter?
Wilt U liever met een tolk spreken? click to hear 2
Would you rather speak with an interpreter?
(de) tolk click to hear 2 interpreter (instant translation)

(de) vertaler click to hear 2 translator
(de) vertaling click to hear 2 3 translation
Er is inderdaad geen goede vertaling click to hear 2
[There is indeed ...] You're right, there is no good translation
Ze hielp hen met de vertaling click to hear
She helped (assisted) them with the translation

"Adam en Eva spraken Nederlands in het Paradijs" click to hear
"Adam and Eve spoke Dutch in Paradise"
"In het Paradijs spraken Adam en Eva Nederlands" click to hear 2
"In Paradise, Adam and Eve spoke Dutch"
Volgens Goropius spraken Adam en Eva Nederlands click to hear 2
According to Goropius, Adam and Eve spoke Dutch
Goropius zegt dat Adam en Eva Nederlands spraken click to hear 2
Goropius says that Adam and Eve spoke Dutch
See also: Word Order

Spreken is zilver, zwijgen is goud click to hear
To speak is silver, (but) silence is golden

Met twee woorden spreken click to hear 2
"Speak with two words (instead of one)" - suggesting to children to be polite

Bij wijze van spreken click to hear 2 3
In a manner of speaking, As a figure of speech

't Spreekt me niet aan click to hear
It doesn't appeal to me (a little stronger than 't zegt me niks in - Zeggen)

Hij sprak hun tegen click to hear 2
He contradicted them, he said their version was untrue or not correct

zich verspreken click to hear to misspeak, say something else than you intended
Ik versprak me click to hear 2
Ik heb me versproken click to hear 2
I misspoke, it's not what I wanted to say

[microphone]
microfoon click to hear
[loudspeaker]
luidspreker click to hear
[loudspeaker]
luidspreker click to hear

'Spreken' - Related Words

(de) woordvoerder click to hear 2 3 spokesperson
(de) spreekbuis click to hear 2 mouthpiece, not-objective speaker
(het) spreekwoord click to hear 2 saying, standard phrase - Dutch Sayings
(het) spreekuur click to hear 2 3 doctor's office hours (walk-in)
(het) gesproken boek click to hear [spoken] audio book
(het) sprekend voorbeeld click to hear [speaking] very good, very illustrative 'telling' example
(het) gesprek click to hear 2 conversation, talk
Ik heb een lang gesprek met m'n baas gehad click to hear
I had a long talk with my boss
(het) sollicitatiegesprek click to hear 2 job interview See also: Jobs
(het) vraaggesprek click to hear interview (old-fashioned - most people use the English word)
(de) bespreking click to hear 2 meeting for discussion
(de) afspraak click to hear appointment - also: agreement
Ik heb een afspraak om acht uur click to hear 2 3
I have an 8 o'clock appointment
Kan ik de afspraak verzetten? click to hear 2
Can I (move) reschedule the appointment?
Ik herinnerde hem aan de afspraak click to hear
I reminded him that there was an agreement
(het) afspraakje click to hear 2 (romantic) date
(de) toespraak click to hear speech, address
(de) uitspraak click to hear 1. pronunciation 2. statement, verdict
(de) inspraak click to hear 2 3 involvement, some co-decision power by lower-level participants
(het) spraakgebrek click to hear 2 speech impediment
spraakmakend click to hear 2 [speech-making] - creating much talk, famous, notorious
(het) spraakwater click to hear 2 the saliva flying from the mouths of some speakers
vanzelfsprekend click to hear [speaking for itself] - obvious, self-evident
(de) wettelijke aansprakelijkheid click to hear 2 legal liability
aanspraak maken op click to hear 2 laying (a) claim to
(het) onbesproken gedrag click to hear [behaviour above reproach] - unblemished conduct
Ik had schrijver willen worden, maar ik ben spreker geworden click to hear
I wanted to be a writer, but I've become a speaker

The soundalike slang word spieken click to hear means cheating on an exam or test by using a cheat sheet or looking at other students' answers

Zeggen
to say
- Spreken
to speak
- Praten
to talk, chat
Vertellen
'to tell'
- Schrijven
to write
- Lezen
to read

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