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The Small Change of Conversation
I found the phrase in a book by Henry James. It's a useful concept for students of foreign languages. The pages in this series (and my website in general) will help you speak with Dutch people.
I hope you have the passive vocabulary to understand what people say or write to you - to comment on that, learn the phrases on this page that look useful to you, make them part of your active vocabulary.

Meet and Greet

the: de click to hear 2 / het click to hear 2 3 - 't click to hear ->>
Plurals always take 'de'
a: (een) - 'n click to hear / one: één click to hear 2 3


Hello
How Are You?
Goodbye
[I'm smiling]

Hallo click to hear = 'Hi, Hello'

Goedemorgen click to hear Good morning!
Goedemiddag click to hear Good afternoon!
Goedenavond click to hear Good evening!
Hallo click to hear Hi, Hello
Ik heet ... click to hear My name is ..., I'm called ...
Hallo, ik heet Marco click to hear Hi - my name is Marco
Ik ben ... click to hear I am ...
Hallo, ik ben Marco click to hear Hi - I am Marco
Mijn naam is ... click to hear My name is ...
Mijn naam is Daniël click to hear My name is Daniel
Wat is Uw naam? click to hear 2 What's your name? (polite, formal)
Hoe heet je? click to hear What's your name? (informal)

(de) naam click to hear name - (de) voornaam click to hear first, given name - (de) achternaam click to hear last, family name
Common First and Last Names

Aangenaam kennis te maken click to hear 2 3 Nice meeting you (slightly formal) Kan het zijn dat ik U ken? click to hear
['Could it be that I know you?'] - 'Have we met before?' 't Spijt me, ik ben Uw naam vergeten click to hear 2 I'm sorry, I forgot your name Hoe heet-ie ook-al-weer? click to hear 2 3 4 What's his name again? - I don't remember (Wat een rare naam! click to hear 2 3 What a strange name!)

How Are You? + Answers

In Dutch, we don't say something like "How are you?" to about everyone you come across, like in America. I only say it to people I already know.
Hoe gaat 't? click to
      hear How are you? (informal)
Hoe is 't? click to hear 2 3 How are you? (informal)
Hoe is 't ermee? click to hear [How are things?] - How are you (informal)
Hoe maakt U het? click to hear How are you? (polite)

Hoe is het met je moeder? click to hear How is your mother?
alternatives:  vader click to hear ('father') - baby click to hear ('baby') - kindje click to hear 2 ('little one') - man click to hear ('husband') - vrouw click to hear ('wife') - vriendin click to hear ('girlfriend') - vriend click to hear ('boyfriend') - see also:  Family

Heel goed, dank je click to
      hear 2 Great! Very good, Thank you
goed click to hear 2 good
't Gaat goed click to hear It's going well
redelijk click to hear reasonably, relatively well
best click to hear 2 OK, fine, not bad, carrying on ‑>>
niet zo goed click to hear not so good, not that good
belabberd click to hear 2 miserable, pretty bad
Men sleept zich voort click to hear 2 3 'Carrying on' (in less-than-ideal circumstances)

Gaat 't wel? click to hear 2 Are you OK? (It looks like there is a problem)
't Gaat wel click to hear 2 3 I'm OK (but not great)

Tot Ziens click to hear Goodbye, See you

For 'goodbye' there is the somewhat informal 'dag' click to hear - which is often stretched out to da-ag click to hear - or even into a long goodbye dag - da-ag - dag hoor - nou, dag hoor click to hear 2.
Some people say 'dag' click to hear as a 'Hello' but I think that's confusing.

Tot ziens click to hear See you, Goodbye
Tot zo click to hear 2 See you in a moment
Tot straks click to hear 2 See you later
Tot vanmiddag click to hear See you this afternoon
Tot vanavond click to hear See you tonight, this evening
Tot morgen click to hear 2 See you tomorrow
(Dutch [(de)] morgen click to hear 2 can mean both 'morning' and 'tomorrow')
Tot maandag click to hear See you Monday
Prettige avond click to hear Have a nice evening
Prettig weekend click to hear Have a nice weekend
Een prettige dag nog click to hear Have a nice day
Sterkte click to hear [wishing you strength] - Good luck

To friends, you can use the somewhat-slang expressions doei click to hear or doe-ie click to hear
Originally from Groningen, but now a generally popular 'goodbye' is hoi click to hear or even moi click to hear.

Letters (and email)

The Small Change of Conversation
More pages like this:
Talking about Time
Ziek - Talking about Not Feeling Well
Commenting on Statements and Opinions
Why? / Because / The Reason / Cause & Effect
Chance, Luck, Outcomes and Risk

Weather - Food - Drink - Travel - Sleep - Work - Money - Speaking Dutch

- The Senses - Using Words - 'What I Want' - Likes and Loves - Sayings, Standard Phrases - Fun Things to Say - Life - Change - Time

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