Vocabulary Overview: Words and Phrases

(het) woord click to hear ('word') / (de) woorden click to hear ('words') - (het) woordenboek click to hear 2 ('dictionary') - (de) woordenschat click to hear 2 ('vocabulary')
Words Phrases Advanced Vocabulary Sideways Learning

Elementary Vocabulary

My website has four approaches to elementary vocabulary, four types of pages:

Examples:
Pictures Dictionary
Basic Dutch
mobile
Easy Dutch
By Subject

Search

Use the search function when you're looking for a specific word.
Search my site:
The Search window is near top left on most of my pages.

Pictures Dictionary

Studying my Pictures Dictionary is the most attractive way to learn words and build vocabulary, and for many people words with images are easier to remember:
basic food pages: [cauliflower]
vegetables
[grapes]
fruits
[plate of food]
dinners
[loaf of bread]
other food
[Dutch flag]
colors
[plate of food]
meals
- 2 3
[books]
media
[jacket]
clothing
- 2
[a mirror]
beauty
[watch etc.]
necessities
[rainbow]
weather
- 2
[a path]
the outdoors
[cows]
animals
- 2
[tree]
trees
[rose]
flowers
- 2
[park]
parks
[a house]
the house
- 2 3
[a living room]
a livingroom
[lightswitch]
electricity
[flame]
fire
[garden]
yard
- 2
[clothespins]
laundry, cleaning
[grapes]
food
- 2 3 4 5
[pan]
kitchen
- 2 3 4 5 6
[Me riding a bicycle]
bicycles
[brooch]
jewelry
[a 50s radio]
days of old
[hand]
a few body parts
[a bus]
traffic
- 2
[a building]
buildings
[shopping cart]
shopping
[A collection of tools]
tools
- 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
[chess pieces]
chess
[cards, dice]
cards and dice
The next picture segments are part of other pages and in part recycle material used before, but with another focus.
[street]
street
[desk]
desk
[sofa]
rooms
[park bench]
outdoors
[]
cleanliness

The Smartphone has a different set of pictures dictionary pages: start

Basic Dutch

In the 1920s, English philosophers C.K. Ogden and I.A. Richards were working on a new kind of dictionary, when they noticed that in the definitions the same words kept turning up, which led them to develop 'Basic English,' a list of about 850 very carefully chosen words that would be sufficient for everyday and scientific communication.
I have translated and slightly updated and adapted the list as a 'Basic Dutch' vocabulary. Originally I had organized the material mostly by subject in 15 shortish pages - but later I have re-organized the material in four long pages.
Mobile version: a series of pages with 1-column lists: Nouns - Adjectives and Adverbs
Long Pages Short Pages
(Revised)
Nouns
Adjectives, Adverbs and Verbs
Prepositions (etc.): Pictures - List
Supplement



An alphabetic list of about
2000 words
(with sound files)
Introduction
Adjectives and Adverbs
Man, Animals, Mind and Body
Tools, Materials, House & Home
Travel, Agriculture, Food
Miscellaneous (Time, Weather, Qualities)
Communication, Media, Science
Business, Government, Society, Military
Everyday Verbs
Movement, Operations (More Verbs)
The Little Words You'll Need Most:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4
'Little Words' Alphabetical lists:
English to Dutch - Dutch to English
Learning words is not the most exciting thing, but memorizing these about 1000 Basic Dutch words is probably the best start of learning Dutch.

Pages by Subject

Numbers, Time, Days etc. - and a newer version in Lesson 6 - or the ultimate Time Thesaurus page
numbers, simple math and dimensions - paragraphs from the 'Lessons'

Family Tree - Birthday - The Dutch Family - see also: Easy Dutch 2

Medical Conversations - health, body parts, doctors, ailments
- see also Easy Dutch 2

Chemistry - including the periodic table

Music Vocabulary and Musical Instruments

Words of Religion - also a few prayers and readings from the Bible

Food - one of many food pages (find more in the pictures dictionary above)

Military - Medieval - Fairy Tales - Mail

Not Yet a list of more than 200 words (with sound files) not yet used in a page

The examples on the Plurals page are also useful vocabulary.

The Strong Verbs List comes with a collection of interesting related words.

Short Lists

The 'Conversation Subjects' page has some vocabulary of these popular subjects: Grammar - Sports - News and Politics

From the 'Dutch Food' page: Bread - Milk and Cheese - Nutritional Values - Spices

From other pages: Emergency Preparedness - Make-Up (etc.)

Education (lesson 11)

Easy Dutch - Recognizable Words

Dutch words that look or sound like English words - easier to memorize and the differences will help you with a better understanding of Dutch spelling and pronunciation.
  1. Vocabulary and Pronunciation
  2. Words by Subject
  3. Verbs with many simple sentences as examples

About Dictionaries

I strongly recommend a Dutch-Dutch dictionary, where the words are explained/described in Dutch - this will force you to learn more Dutch and it will put you more in a Dutch mindset, focus you on Dutch, and take you away from the intermediary language. A small, basic one is probably better for you than a large one, so you don't get confused by uncommon words.

Vocabulary: Phrases

The Sayings page has about 250 Dutch standard phrases - probably not for immediate use, but fun to read through and listen to, and maybe you can someday impress your Dutch friends with an appropriate quote ...

The 'Word Order' and Personal Pronouns Examples pages also have many lines, albeit not in a phrase-friendly order.
Next to the complete conjugation of verbs, the Smartphone Verbs Pages have many examples of verbs usage in sentences

Advanced Vocabulary

Not all words have a simple, straightforward equivalent in other languages and many common words have a double or triple meaning that is often not shared across languages. These pages have many examples of usage.

Sideways Learning

Next to the formal learning there are also many interesting, entertaining and/or beautiful pages on my website for relaxed reading. On these pages you'll come across many Dutch words (with pronuciation) - a more pleasant way of building vocabulary than the rote learning of words and verbs.

The essays, mostly in the lessons, tell about a wide variety of Dutch things, and if you are so inclined, several of the recipes also have Dutch words.
'False Friends' are words that look the same in different languages but don't have the same meaning. They may make you think you know them but they're not what they look like. I hope my list of identical Dutch and English words provides an entertaining if unusual way to get to know some words - short version. Like on the 'Easy Dutch' pages (similar words with about the same meaning) you'll also quickly learn the differences between how letters are pronounced in English and Dutch.
Other 'Sideways Learning' pages:

Other Overview Pages: Names - Pronunciation - Picture Pages - Listening - Lessons - Grammar - Essays - Exercises
- Smartphone Pages


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