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May 2020
Verbs Flash Cards Excercise
'Der,'  'des'  and 'den' are old-fashioned forms of the article 'de'  ('the') but still found in standard phrases. 'Ter' and 'ten' are old-fashioned words meaning something like 'at the, on' or 'to' - also still found in standard phrases ‑>>

April 2020
I upgraded and lightly revised the Lessons. White background, larger font and speaker icons, pages not too wide and the meaning of the pronunciation examples is now given in the text (it used to be as mouse-overs, hovering the cursor over the words) Lesson 3
Translating 'To' - 'To' in Dutch

March 2020
I revised and added examples to the 'Verbs Combined and Te'  page. It deals with the sometime use of infinitives instead of past participles in the perfect tenses, and the rare use of 'te'  with Dutch infinitives
I updated the 'Master Lists' of common Dutch words. The lists give pronunciation and Engish translation, and often link to explanation, sample sentences and/or related words. Triple arrows link to full pages dedicated to a word
- Dutch to English Listing
- English to Dutch Listing
blijven = 'to remain, stay, keep'
Dutch 'vast' = firmly attached // solid, permanent // 'surely'
and 'alvast' = already, meanwhile - in advance
with other related words
'los' = 'loose,' not attached
'(de) oplossing' = solution
'langs' = along
'langs komen' = 1. to pass by 2. to come visit

February 2020
Hear the names of
168 Dutch and Flemish Painters

January 2020
Groot (Large, Tall, Big, Great) and Klein (Small, Little) ‑>>
Hoe (How) - Wie (Who) - Welk/Welke (Which) - Wanneer (When) ‑>>

December 2019
Smartphone page of Common Dutch Phrases ‑>>
A convenient smartphone page of special days and holidays, good wishes and greetings ‑>>
rond = 'round, circular' and 'around' ‑>>

November 2019
Achter = 'Behind, Back, Rear' ‑>>
Na = 'After' ‑>>
Af = 'Off, Away From,' 'Finished' - and others ‑>>

October 2019
Naar = To (destination, direction) - and others ‑>>
Houden 'to Hold, to Keep' - and Houden van 'to Like, to Love' ‑>>
Uit = Out, Out of, From - but also: Off ‑>>

September 2019
Onder (Under, Below) - Beneden (Down, Downstairs) / Boven (Above, Up, Upstairs, Over) ‑>>
Binnen en Buiten Inside and Outside
English and Dutch 'In' are fairly equivalent

August 2019
The Meaning of Dutch 'Op' - translated as On, On Top Of, Up, At, To, For, Of, In and Others

July 2019
I revised the 'Disambiguation: Er' page, especially the placeholder chapter and added more explanation of the use of 'nergens' as 'nothing' and 'ergens' as 'something' ‑>>

June 2019
Added and revised many Dutch and other recipes ‑>>

May 2019
The Meaning of Dutch 'Aan' - translated as On, At, To, Of, For, In, From, By, About and Others

April 2019
Master List of Dutch Words (English to Dutch) - with pronunciation, English translation and links to explanation, sample sentences and/or related words
Revised the 'Personal Pronouns Sample Lines' page ‑>>

Februari 2019
vallen 'to fall'

December 2018
Met - 'with' and 'zonder - 'without' ‑>>

November 2018
Pas - 'only, just' / 'step, passport, mountain pass' ‑>>

August 2018
Master List of Dutch Words (Dutch to English) - with pronunciation, English translation and links to explanation, sample sentences and/or related words

The pages are now 'secure' (https)
Over the last months I've been adding paragraphs explaining words with many examples of usage, like:
weg - 'way' and 'away' - and terug - back
gebeuren - to happen, to take place
proberen - to try
risico and veiligheid - risk and safety
ergens and nergens - somewhere and nowhere/nothing
laten schrikken and schrikken - to startle and to be shocked, to be frightened
zwijgen - to be silent, not speak
gebeuren - to happen, take place
zorg and zorgen - care and worries
dichtbij/nabij and ver, ver weg - near, close by and far, far away
'open' and 'dicht' - open and closed
eigen - 'own, personal' sometimes 'private'
thuis - 'home, at home'
zacht - 'soft'
zelf - '~yourself'
New Page 'Disambiguation Remainders'
- enig - 'single, unique' // 'any'
- enkel - 'only, single' // 'ankle'
- eenvoudig - 'simple, uncomplicated'
- tot - 'till, until'
tegen, met and mee - 'against' and 'with'
On the Change page:
- behalve - 'except, but for'
- namens, in naam van - 'on behalf of'
- midden, middel - 'mid, middle'
Elsewhere on the Change page:
- (de) kans - 'chance, opportunity'
- (het) toeval - 'chance, coincidence, random event'
On the 'What I Want' page:
- (de) last - 'burden' // 'trouble, bother'
- lastig - 'difficult, troublesome'
- moeilijk/(ge)makkelijk - 'difficult/easy'
- wennen aan - 'getting used to'
misschien - maybe, perhaps
licht, donker and zwaar - 'light,' 'dark' and 'heavy'

June 2018
The Verb Vragen - 'to Ask'

May 2018
The Verb Mogen - 'May, to be allowed to'
The Verbs Lijden 'to Suffer' and Leiden 'to Lead' ‑>>

April 2018
New verb pages (Conjugation and Samples of Usage)
krijgen ('to get, to be given')
geven ('to give')
nemen ('to take')
zoeken ('to search, loook for')
vinden ('to find')
halen ('to get, collect')
brengen ('to bring')

January 2018
Dutch Verb Denken
Dutch Verbs Combined and 'Te'

November 2017
Dutch Verb Laten 'to let, allow' (etc.)
Dutch Verb Maken 'to Make'

October 2017
[With] In Other Words - Square Brackets - Square brackets explained and words in Dutch that may look meaningless and unnecessary to foreign students

August 2017
Good and Bad, Right and Wrong
'Goed' = good, well and right
'Slecht, erg' = bad
'Verkeerd, fout, mis' = wrong

May 2017
Verb moeten ('must, should, have to' etc.)

April 2017
'What I Want' - Loves, Likes and Preferences in Dutch

January 2017
Dutch Words in (Some) Depth: Dutch Index - English Index - links to examples of usage and usually some explanation
More and Less etc. - 'veel' (much/many) and 'weinig' (little/few) - 'meer' (more) and 'minder' (less/fewer) - 'meest' (most) and 'minst' (least)

I revisited the Word Order to revise and pull the material together for a smartphone page

November 2016
I've been upgrading the Disambiguation pages: a new look, new material and technical issues dealt with

October 2016
Added two chapters to the The Senses page
and one chapter to the Using Words page

September 2016
Revised the layout and added much material to the The Senses page
Using Words to say, to speak, to talk, to tell and to write
Komen - 'to Come'
'To Know' is Kennen or Weten >>

August 2016
New Disambiguation Pages: 'Eens' - 'Erg' - 'Nog'

July 2016
New Smartphone Pages
The 'Smartphone Pages' often use material from other pages, but most are re-written and re-arranged and there are many pages not found in 'regular' versions.
For desktop/laptop viewing I recommend narrowing the window of these pages, and on tablets I'd recommend the 'portrait' position.

Thesaurus: Change

June 2016
Disambiguation: 'Maar'

May 2016
Revisited spelling and pronunciation for smartphone pages 1 - 2

March 2016
Expanding the 'Verbs Library' - new pages with the complete conjugation of verbs and sample phrases and sentences >>

October 2015
Revisiting the Dutch verbs for Smartphone Pages - revising and rewriting the material, so the new pages are also good for students using desktops, laptops and tablets: start - List of Pages (so Far)

September 2015:
First words:
Smartphone Pictures Dictionary of Common Dutch Words - 2 - 3
Smartphone Numbers - Time
Smartphone version of the pronunciation exercise of words that are identical in Dutch and English ->>
Mobile Pictures Dictionary: Vegetables - Fruits - Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Treats and Snacks
I added a paragraph about 'consonant I' to the Pronunciation page >> - before, this was only mentioned under AAI, OEI etc.

August 2015: A Few Words of Life
For Mobile: Basic Dutch words on a series of smartphone-friendly pages: >>

July 2015: Disambiguation: 'Over' - 'Vroeg' - 'Laat' - 'Haast'
Added a chapter about the verb for the future tense to the 'Easy Dutch Verbs' page ->>

June 2015: Disambiguation: 'Voor' - 'Even' - 'Om' - 'Net' - 'Door' - 'Van' - 'Of'

May 2015: All 'Basic Dutch' nouns are now on flash cards 10 new pages

March 2015: Adjectives and Adverbs Exercise (4 pages)

January 2015: Dutch Vocabulary Flash Cards (~40 pages)
Started change to a new sound processing system

December 2014: Disambiguation: 'Al' - 'Als' - 'Daar' - 'Dan' - 'Dat' - 'Er' - 'Het' - 'Toen' - 'Waar' - 'Wat' - 'Zo'

September 2014: Words and Lines of Time
- a Dutch thesaurus page with many examples of usage

April 2014: The Senses - Words and Lines

February 2014: Jobs and Lines of Work - words and phrases

January 2014: Common Problems in Dutch
- 'Units' and Other Common Word Combinations
- Hear the names of the Dutch team members at the Sochi Winter Olympics >>

December 2013: Dutch Summary
The Most Important Pronunciation, Spelling and Grammar - on One Page

October 2013: 3 Dutch Santa Claus Songs
- The Dutch Lines in the Movie 'Miracle of 34th Street'

September 2013: Talking about Travel

July 2013: Sleep - words and phrases

June 2013
The Most Basic Phrases Useful words and phrases for when you're visiting Holland. Many people in Holland speak some English, but it's a nice courtesy to say a few Dutch words.
Speaking Dutch, Speaking about Dutch - many people in Holland are surprised or incredulous when a foreigner is speaking Dutch. So what do you say?

May 2013
A new page in the 'Conversation Templates' series:
Eating and Drinking, Food Phrases - about 175 lines
Easy Dutch 3: Recognizable verbs and activities, with many simple sentences as examples. When you know English, the 'Easy Dutch' pages make learning Dutch easier, may give you a head start.

April 2013
Easy Dutch 2 - added 50 recognizable words for animals - recognizable: somewhat similar to English words.
A major revision of the page where you can hear all Dutch Vowels and Diphthongs side-by-side in Dutch words. More than 300 new sound files of individual words, mouse-overs showing translations, and a new introduction.

March 2014
I revised the introduction to my 'Learning Dutch' page and added a chapter with suggestions for if you only want to read Dutch - or if you want to start with reading.

Januari 2013
To many pages a few words or pictures were added, like to the Outdoors page
- and a major expansion was made to the Dutch Lunch and Snacks page.

December 2012
250 Dutch Sayings - probably not for immediate use,
but fun to read through and listen to, and maybe someday
you'll impress your Dutch friends with an appropriate quote ...

November 2012:
Weather talk: about 120 weather phrases and 20 weather sayings

August 2012: Easy Dutch - a new series
Recognizable words to quickly build vocabulary and learn pronunciation
Easy Dutch 2 Recognizable words by subject

April 2012:
Dutch names and words from Fairy Tales - Bread Words
Some browsers scroll my pages to the top when you click a speaker
icon to hear Dutch. Not convenient! I want you to be able to read
the words you're hearing. So I put the speaker window in a fixed
position at the top of the browser window, and the pages should
stay in place.

March 2012
3 New words lists pages:
Mail - The Middle Ages - The Military

Februari 2012
A new page: shopping - and additions to many of my pages,
like for instance milk and cheese - drinks - meals - clothes
house builders - emergency preparedness - make-up etc.
- and I keep discovering new False Friends

December 2011
The new 'Welcome' index page, and new 'overview' pages
(grammar) - (words and phrases) - (names) will make it easier
to find what you need on my pages.
Special Days and a poem with a beautiful rhythm: Koppelstok

November 2011
The Dutch Plurals Explained. Hear more than 300 examples >>
Linked most of my little essays and made an essays menu page >>
My website is now also available on a USB memory stick ($30) >>

October 2011
Dutch Lesson 15: A Dutch Continuous, Word Order (4),
Beauty and Cleanliness, Fahrenheit to Celsius,
'Thoughts on Things Dutch:' The Dutch Mind! >>

September 2011
A New Pronunciation Exercise >>
Not easy, but it will quickly teach you the
differences between English and Dutch pronunciation
Small additions, like: drinks - nutritional values

August 2011
Small additions to many pages, like for instance: 1 - 2
Personal Pronouns: 150 Sample Sentences >>

June 2011
Dutch Lesson 14: The Future Tense, Word Order (3):
Secondary Verbs, Questions, Commands and Suggestions >>

June 2011
Added 65 Names of 17th Century Tulips, with comments >>

June 2011
Prepositions, Conjuctions etc. list English to Dutch: >>

April-May 2011
Upgraded 'Everyday Dutch' Pages >> ff

April 2011
Four more basic food picture pages: >> ff

March 2011
Everyday (Basic) Dutch - long pages >> ff

Februari 2011
Dutch Lesson 13: The Passive Voice, Word Order (2);
Government, Elections and Parties in Holland >>

Januari 2011
Hans Brinker, A Dutchman's Comments on the book >>

December 2010
Early Flemish and Dutch Painters >>

November 2010
The Beauty of Holland, the Beauty of Dutch (Alliterations) >>

November 2010
Hebrew Words in Dutch (completely revised) >>

September 2010
False Friends:
De brave baker at brood met worst op de brink click to hear 2 >>
The obedient nanny ate bread with sausage on the village square

July 2010
Dutch Lesson 12: The Past Tense; Strong Verbs; My Home Town >>

June 2010
Dutch Lesson 11: Adjectives and Adverbs; Education in Holland >>

May 2010
Pronunciation Reference Page - completely revised >>
with a list of all the pronunciation examples translated >>

April 2010
Conversations Template: Examples of Phrases >>

March 2010
Place Names in Holland and Belgium, Dutch Names Abroad >>

October 2009
Malay Words in Dutch >>

October 2009
Dutch Names of Foreign Lands >>

October 2009
Dutch Music Vocabulary >>

August 2009
Slow Dutch >>

July 2009
Dutch Lesson 10: Exceptions and Irregularities >>

June 2009
Dutch Lesson 9: The Present Tense >>

May 2009
600 Dutch First and Last Names >>

March 2009
Started Dutch lessons: Lesson 1 >> ff

The Hear Dutch Here website is a resource for hearing Dutch names and words, and I hope to provide a pleasant and somewhat entertaining way to learn some Dutch and get aquainted with the Dutch land, history and way of living.

[a meadow, grass, ditches, a windmill in the distance]
weiland click to hear 2 gras click to hear 2 mijn Nederland click to hear 2 (Oude Ade click to hear 2 near Leiden click to hear)
Picture © Margo Griffin 2011 all rights reserved

My Favorite Pages
Lesson 6 (Time) >>
Lesson 12 (Strong Verbs) >>
False Friends >>

Beautiful Pages You May Have Missed
The Beauty of Holland, the Beauty of Dutch (Alliterations) >>
The Outdoors >>
Prepositions Pictorial >>
The Family Tree >>

A Useful Page That Was Hidden
A Dutch to English list Hear 2000 Words

Hear Longer Texts, with Translation
From Famous Dutch Books >>
From my own writing >>
Prayers and Fragments from the Bible >>

A Dual-language short story >>

[water, reeds, ducks, a windmill in the distance]
water click to hear 2 riet click to hear 2 (De Kaag click to hear 2 near Leiden click to hear)
Picture © Margo Griffin 2011 all rights reserved

Other Dutch Sites

Just see (and hear) for yourself if you like the presentation and the quality of the material. a useful site with subtitled Dutch videos - recommended
I would avoid learning-Dutch sites created by people who are not native speakers of Dutch. People who are not native speakers can only copy (steal, plagiarize) from books or other sites, they cannot provide anything original themselves, and have no sense of what is good and correct Dutch. - Mistakes and typos will not be recognized but just copied along, and a logic that's of course absent from languages may be assumed. Though our English may not be perfect, only native speakers know what is good Dutch.
It is said that is a good site.


Copying or plagiarizing the content of my website is of course not allowed.
The material on my website is for personal use only. Classroom use in public schools is allowed. All commercial use is forbidden, including class use at for-profit schools. (Pay me a fee.) You may make as many links to my webpages as you like, but linking to individual sound files or pictures (hotlinking) is not allowed. It is a kind of stealing.
I am not wealthy. It wouldn't be fair if someone else would make money from my work.
Only Jonathan Janson (Vermeer and Rembrandt websites) and Ed Wall (old tulips website) have my permission to use material that's relevant to their sites.

email - Copyright © Marco Schuffelen 2011. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, redistributed, or hotlinked to.
Don't be a dief (thief) / dievegge (female thief) - diefstal (theft) - stelen (to steal) - heler (dealer in stolen goods) - hear Dutch - 2