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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Dutch

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Dutch!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Dutch Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can DutchPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Dutch - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Dutch? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Dutch words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - grap maken
  2. funny - grappig
  3. prank - geintje
  4. humor - humor
  5. lie - liegen
  6. fool - dwaas
  7. deceptive - misleidend
  8. surprise - verrassen
  9. sneaky - stiekem
  10. prankster - grappenmaker
  11. April 1st - één april
  12. play a joke - een grap uithalen

2. Dutch Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Dutch Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Dutch to prank your favorite Dutch friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Dutch in 1 month.
    • Ik leerde Nederlands in 1 maand.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Alle lessen voor vandaag zijn uitgevallen.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Het spijt me, maar ik heb zojuist je favoriete bril gebroken.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Iemand rijdt net tegen je auto aan.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Ik ga trouwen.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Je hebt een gratis kaartje gewonnen.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Ik zag je auto worden weggesleept.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • Ze zijn gratis cadeaubonnen aan het weggeven aan de voorkant van het gebouw.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • Een knappe man staat buiten op je te wachten.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • Een mooie dame vroeg me om dit telefoonnummer aan jou geven.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Kun je naar beneden komen? Ik heb iets speciaals voor je.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Dank je wel voor je liefdesbrief vanmorgen. Ik had je gevoelens nooit kunnen raden.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Dutch, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can DutchPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit Netherlands, or if you work for any Dutch company, knowing the above Dutch prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Dutch words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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Dutch Word of the Day - elephant (noun)

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olifant elephant (noun)

Ik zag een olifant in de dierentuin.
I saw an elephant at the zoo.

De baby olifant speelt met stof in een dierentuin.
The baby elephant is playing with dirt in a zoo.

grijze olifant
gray elephant

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4 Reasons Why Dutch Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Dutch slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Dutch slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Dutch? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Dutch or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Dutch Culture

If you turn on any popular Dutch TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Dutch slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Dutch culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Dutch slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Dutch slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Dutch people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Dutch TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Dutch slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At DutchPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Dutch slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Dutch slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At DutchPod101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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How to Learn Dutch in Your Car?

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Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Dutch? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Dutch.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Dutch in your car!

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You can learn Dutch in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to Dutch audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With DutchPod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Dutch culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Dutch podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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You can listen to Dutch music in the car
Did you know that you can learn Dutch by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the Dutch you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Dutch is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Dutch lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Dutch!

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You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Dutch dialogues. With DutchPod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Dutch!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Dutch or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn Dutch offline
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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Dutch every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Dutch without getting lost!

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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Dutch is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!

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Dutch Word of the Day - calendar (noun)

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kalender calendar (noun)

Ik heb onze feestdag aangeven op de kalender.
I marked our anniversary on the calendar.

kalendermaand
calendar month

dagkalender
day calendar

een kalenderjaar
one calendar year

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Dutch Word of the Day - tomorrow (noun)

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morgen tomorrow (noun)

Morgen is het woensdag en de dag erna is het donderdag.
Tomorrow is Wednesday, and the day after tomorrow is Thursday.

Morgen is het mijn verjaardag.
Tomorrow is my birthday.

Het wordt morgen zonnig.
It will be sunny tomorrow.

Zie je morgen!
See you tomorrow!

morgenmiddag
tomorrow afternoon

morgen om tien over tien (10:10)
tomorrow at 10:10

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