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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Dutch Season 1, Lesson 12 - Asking What Someone is Doing. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question What are you doing? in Dutch.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in Dutch.
Jacob: [Normal] Wat ben je aan het doen?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Jacob: [Normal] wat [Slow] wat
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Jacob: [Normal] ben [Slow] ben
Becky: Next, the word meaning 'you'
Jacob: [Normal] je [Slow] je
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'doing'
Jacob: [Normal] aan het doen [Slow] aan het doen
Becky: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Jacob: [Slow] Wat ben je aan het doen? [Normal] Wat ben je aan het doen?
Becky: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Jacob: [Normal] Wat bent u aan het doen?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Jacob: [Normal] wat [Slow] wat
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Jacob: [Normal] bent [Slow] bent
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Jacob: [Normal] u [Slow] u
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'doing'
Jacob: [Normal] aan het doen [Slow] aan het doen
Becky: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Jacob: [Slow] Wat bent u aan het doen? [Normal] Wat bent u aan het doen?
Becky: Here's a response meaning 'I am studying.'
Jacob: [Normal] Ik ben aan het studeren.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Jacob: [Normal] ik [Slow] ik
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am '
Jacob: [Normal] ben [Slow] ben
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'studying'
Jacob: [Normal] aan het studeren [Slow] aan het studeren
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I am studying.'
Jacob: [Slow] Ik ben aan het studeren. [Normal] Ik ben aan het studeren.
Becky: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Jacob: [Normal] Ik ben niets bijzonders aan het doen.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Jacob: [Normal] ik [Slow] ik
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Jacob: [Normal] ben [Slow] ben
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'nothing'
Jacob: [Normal] niets [Slow] niets
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'special'
Jacob: [Normal] bijzonders [Slow] bijzonders
Becky: Last is the phrase meaning 'doing'
Jacob: [Normal] aan het doen [Slow] aan het doen
Becky: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm doing nothing special.'
Jacob: [Slow] Ik ben niets bijzonders aan het doen. [Normal] Ik ben niets bijzonders aan het doen.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Jacob: If you have no idea how to start a conversation, then use this simple question - 'wat ben je aan het doen? It is an easy way to start things off. Many times this is the first thing you will hear when you call someone on the phone.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Jacob: Dag!

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

DutchPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 10:13 PM
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Hoi Jennie,


Thank you for commenting. Can you give me an example?

"Waar" means "where" and i can not come up with a sentence that has "what" meaning "waar" 😁


Jacob,

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Jennie
Tuesday at 12:47 AM
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Hi, when do we use 'wat' or 'waar' to say 'what'?

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Tuesday at 09:23 AM
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Hoi Shireen,


Thank you very much for commenting.


Well "u" is formal and "je" is informal so you should be able to tell from the conversation

or who you have in front of you which to use.


Hope this helps , succes !


Jacob,

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Shireen Rykenhuizen
Friday at 01:39 AM
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In the quiz portion of 3-minute Dutch, u and je are both 'you', but how do you know which one you are being asked to write?