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Dutch Everyday Items: Beauty and Cleanliness

schoonheid click to hear 2 'beauty'
The common Dutch word for 'beautiful' is mooi click to hear (mooi / mooie click to hear 2) - more and 'ugly' is lelijk click to hear 2 (lelijk / lelijke click to hear 2) ‑>> - more
knap click to hear 1. pretty, beautiful, 'handsome' (people) 2. intelligent, clever, smart
Ze was wel knap, maar niet heel erg knap click to hear 2 3 She was pretty (or: intelligent) but [not extremely, extraordinarily pretty/intelligent] breathtakingly so
knap
handsome
intelligent
- knapper
more handsome
more intelligent
- knapst
most handsome
most intelligent
click to hear

schoon click to hear (schoon/schone click to hear) 'clean' - more - in older Dutch, 'schoon'  meant 'beautiful' and in the South of The Netherlands and in Belgium it still has that meaning. Dutch (de) schoonheid click to hear 2 still means 'beauty' and NOT 'cleanliness.' There is no good Dutch word for 'cleanliness.'
vies click to hear 2 (vies/vieze click to hear 2) 'dirty' - also: 'bad-tasting'
vuil click to hear 2 (vuil/vuile click to hear 2) 'dirty' - more
[a wash stand]
wastafel click to hear
[a wash stand faucet]
kraan click to hear
[a bar of soap]
een stuk zeep click to hear
[a pump bottle of liquid soap]
zeepflesje click to hear
[some liquid soap on my hand]
vloeibare zeep click to hear
[washing hands]
zeep click to hear - handen wassen click to hear
[a towel]
handdoek click to hear
[terrycloth, the materiasl that towels are made of]
badstof click to hear
[a owel]
handdoek click to hear
[some shampoo on a hand]
shampoo click to hear
[shampooing my hair]
shampoo click to hear - haar wassen click to hear
[a toothbrush]
tandenborstel click to hear - 2
[an electric toothbrush]
electrische tandenborstel click to hear
[two tubes of 'Zendium'  toothpaste]
tandpasta click to hear
[some toothpaste on a brush]
tandpasta click to hear
[brushing teeth]
tanden poetsen click to hear
[a plastic cup]
plastic bekertje click to hear
click to hear gorgelen click to hear 2
'gargling'
[a toilet] [a toilet]
WC click to hear = toilet click to hear
[a roll of toilet tissue]
WC papier click to hear
[a bathroom: wash stand, toilet, shower/bath]
badkamer click to hear
[a shower]
douche click to hear
[a shower, me taking a shower]
douche click to hear - ik douche click to hear 2
[a bath]
bad, ligbad click to hear
[a bath faucet]
kraan click to hear
[a washcloth - actually a rectangular terrycloth mitt]
washandje click to hear
[a mirror, showing me and my camera taking the picture]
spiegel click to hear 2
[a hairbrushe]
borstel click to hear = haarborstel click to hear
[two hairbrushes]
borstels, haarborstels click to hear
[a comb]
kam click to hear
[a shaving brush]
scheerkwast click to hear
[a tube of shaving cream]
scheerzeep click to hear
[shaving cream on shaving brush]
scheerzeep click to hear
[shaving cream on face]
scheerzeep click to hear
[a 'safety' razor]
scheermesje click to hear
[a 'Philips'  electric shaver]
scheerapparaat click to hear
[a 'Philips'  electric shaver]
scheerapparaat click to hear
[nail scissors]
nagelschaartje click to hear 2
[nail clipper]
nagelknipper click to hear 2
[nail file]
nagelvijl click to hear 2
[perfume (bottles)]
parfum click to hear
[lipstick]
lippenstift click to hear 2 3
[bathroom scale]
weegschaal click to hear
[bathroom scale]
weegschaal click to hear
de / het / 't
hear
(the)
een, 'n
hear - 2
(a, an)
één
hear
(one)
more
(de) crème (French) click to hear 2 3 cream (medical, cosmetic)
(de) zonnebrandolie click to hear sunscreen (oil)
(de) deodorant click to hear deodorant
(de/het) parfum click to hear perfume
een vleugje parfum click to hear a whiff of perfume
(de) eau de Cologne click to hear (Fr.) cologne
(de) lippenstift click to hear 2 lipstick
(de) nagellak click to hear 2 nail polish
(de) oogschaduw click to hear eyeshadow
(de) haarlak click to hear hairpsray
(de) schoonheidsspecialiste click to hear 2 beautician (female)
(de) kapper click to hear barber, stylist, hairdresser
(de) dameskapper click to hear ladies' barber, stylist, hairdresser
(de) kapster click to hear 2 lady barber, hairdresser, stylist
For 'make-up' click to hear and 'eyeliner' the English words are used. There is a Dutch word cosmetica click to hear for 'make-up,' but it's a bit old-fashioned. Applying theatre make-up is called schminken click to
hear - a German word. The red powder for ladies' cheeks (blusher?) is called rouge click to hear 2 (French.)

(de) wastafel
(de) douche (Fr.)
(het) bad
(de) kraan
hear
(wash stand)
(shower)
(bath)
(faucet)
(de) badkamer
(de) WC
(het) toilet (Fr.)
(het) WC papier
hear - 2
(bathroom)
(toilet)
(toilet)
(bathroom tissue)
(de) zeep
(het) washandje
(de) handdoek
hear - 2
(soap)
(washcloth)
(towel)
(de) tandenborstel
(de) tandpasta
(het) glas
(het) bekertje
hear - 2
(toothbrush)
(toothpaste)
(glass)
(cup)
(de) borstel
(de) kam
(de) shampoo (E.)
(de) spiegel
hear - 2
(hairbrush)
(comb)
(shampoo)
(mirror)
(de) scheerkwast
(de) scheerzeep
(het) scheermesje
(het) scheerapparaat
hear
(shaving brush)
(shaving cream)
(safety razor)
(electric shaver)
handen wassen
tanden poetsen
haar wassen
scheren
hear - 2
(to wash hands)
(to brush teeth)
(to wash hair)
(to shave)
verbs
zich wassen click to hear 2 'to wash yourself, oneself'
zich wassen to wash yourself, oneself
ik was me I wash myself
ik waste me I washed myself
ik heb me gewassen I have washed myself
click to hear 2
We hadden ons goed gewassen click to hear 2 We had washed ourselves well

Schoonheid click to hear 2 means 'beauty' - though in modern, Northern Dutch schoon click to hear itself now means 'clean.'
In the South of the Netherlands and in Belgium, schoon still means 'beautiful, pretty.'
For 'clean' Southern Dutch uses zuiver click to hear 2 - which in Northern Dutch means 'pure.'

Douche ('shower') and toilet ('toilet') are said as in French.
Shampoo is the Dutchified English word. 'SH' is not found in Dutch words.
The D in tandpasta click to hear ('toothpaste') is usualy dropped.
Not every Dutch bathroom has a toilet.
Waar is de WC? click to hear 2 Where is the bathroom?
In public places, a sign on that door may say 'Heren' (or old-fashioned 'Heeren') ('Gents') or 'Dames' ('Ladies')
WC-bril click to hear 2 ('toilet seat' - the usual meaning of bril click to hear is 'glasses, spectacles') - 'bike seat is' zadel click to hear 2 - which is of course from the same root as '(horse) saddle.'

[brooch]
jewelry
[grapes]
food
[pan]
kitchen
[rose]
flowers
[cows]
animals
[bus]
traffic
[flame]
fire

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