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Learn Dutch Pronunciation

Dutch spelling is fairly phonetic. In general, there is just one way of writing each sound, and each letter and letter combination is usually pronounced in the same way. Once you know the pronunciation of the letters, you can almost always easily see from written Dutch how to say it, and on hearing Dutch you will know how it's written.
There are (of course!) exceptions, but not that many, and most are not very important. Speaking Dutch following only the general rules - pronoucing every letter in the standard way - would not be really bad Dutch. The only things that early on need explanation is the 'voiceless E' and the spelling of long and short vowels.
Zoals je 't zegt? click to hear 2 3 Like you say it? (Asking if a name is written phonetically, according to the spelling rules)

The 'One-Page' Dutch Summary has a short introduction as a refresher or to quickly give you an idea what Dutch Pronunciation is about.
For learning the sounds and spelling of Dutch I recommend the pages below. The #2 links are not a continuation but a different approach, usually an earlier version.

1. vowels - klinkers click to hear
a, e, i, o, u

2. diphthongs - tweeklanken click to hear
au, ei, eu, ij, oe, ou, ui

3. long and short vowels - 2 - 3
a/aa - e/ee - i/ie - o/oo - u/uu

4. 'voiceless E' - 2
click to hear 'schwa'

5. consonants - 2 - medeklinkers click to hear
b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x z

6. exceptions and irregularities - 2

vowels and diphthongs compared
hear side-by-side
old version
Slow Dutch - Vowels before R
Final N - L - W - Regional G
Dutch Sounds Not Found in English Dutch Sounds Represented by
Different Letters in English
Exceptions to Phonetic Spelling

Another approach: Recognizable Words: Easy Dutch
By listening closely to Dutch and English words that are look 'recognizable' or similar you'll quickly come to understand the differences between Dutch and English pronunciation and spelling.

A New Series of Many Examples: Hear for Yourself
Hear the Dutch Letters in Hundreds of Words:
 AU/OU  CH  E  EI/IJ  EU  F  G  H  L  OE  SCH  U  UI  W  X  Y
Repeat the words after me, try saying them like I do, and record yourself or ask a friend to compare how you say them with how I say them. Try to bring your pronunciation of the words closer and closer to how I say them. Use as few or as many examples as you like.

Major Exceptions to Phonetic Spelling: Page 1 - Page 2

The Spelling and Pronunciation of Vowels - the use of single and double vowels and consonants, find the spelling/pronunciation rules by yourself by studying and listening to many examples

Dutch Pronunciation Reference

The Dutch Pronunciation Reference Page - Dutch pronunciation explained by letter, and hear about 2000 examples.

Listening Tests, Exercises

Flash Cards Listening Tests for instance: 750 'Basic' Words
250 Everyday Words with Pictures
Vowels and Diphthongs Listening Tests

Pronunciation - 2 - Listening

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

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