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INTRODUCTION
Judith:
Hello and welcome to DutchPod101.com, where we study modern Dutch in a fun, educational format!
Peter:
This is the first lesson for absolute beginners, the perfect place to get started.
Judith:
So brush up on the Dutch that you started learning long ago, or start learning today.
Peter:
Thanks for being here with us for this lesson. Judith, what is today's topic?
Judith:
In this lesson you will learn how to make small talk in Dutch.
Peter:
This conversation takes place on a street in Amsterdam.
Judith:
The conversation is between Anna and Marijke, two friends who haven't seen each in a long time.
Peter:
The speakers are friends, therefore they will be speaking informal Dutch.
Judith:
Let’s lesson to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

M:
Hallo, Anna? Hoe gaat het?
A:
Hoi, Marijke!! Goed dank je, hoe gaat het met jou?
M:
Goed, dank je wel.
A:
Hoe gaat het met Jan?
M:
Heel goed en met Bert en de kinderen?
A:
Ook goed!
M:
Wat een verrassing!
A:
Ja!
English Host:
Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
M:
Hallo, Anna? Hoe gaat het?
A:
Hoi, Marijke!! Goed dank je, hoe gaat het met jou?
M:
Goed, dank je wel.
A:
Hoe gaat het met Jan?
M:
Heel goed en met Bert en de kinderen?
A:
Ook goed!
M:
Wat een verrassing!
A:
Ja!
English Host:
Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
M:
Hallo, Anna? Hoe gaat het?
Judith:
Hello, Anna? How's it going?
A:
Hoi, Marijke!! Goed dank je, hoe gaat het met jou?
Judith:
Hi, Marijke!! Good thanks, how is it going with you?
M:
Goed, dank je wel.
Judith:
Good, thank you.
A:
Hoe gaat het met Jan?
Judith:
How is it going with Jan?
M:
Heel goed en met Bert en de kinderen?
Judith:
Very good, and with Bert and the children?
A:
Ook goed!
Judith:
Also good!
M:
Wat een verrassing!
Judith:
What a surprise!
A:
Ja!
Judith:
Yes!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Judith:
Ok, we should probably talk about the greetings in first lesson. Dutch people use different greetings according to the time of day.
Peter:
For example in the morning, before noon, people say ‘goedemorgen’ .
Judith:
good morning, And in the afternoon?
Peter:
In the afternoon, even if it's just one minute past noon, people say ‘goedemiddag’.
Judith:
good afternoon,Is there an equivalent for "Good evening" as well?
Peter:
Yes, we say "goedenavond".
Judith:
Around what time do people start saying "goedenavond"?
Peter:
Maybe around 5 pm. There is also ‘goedenacht’ meaning "good night", but this is not a greeting. 'Goedenacht' is only used to wish someone to ‘sleep tight’, when they're going to sleep. If you want to say Goodbye when leaving late at night, just say 'dag'.
Judith:
bye.
VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Judith:
Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Peter:
hallo
Judith:
hello (informally)
Peter:
hallo
Peter:
hallo
Next:
Peter:
hoe gaat het
Judith:
how are you?
Peter:
hoe gaat het
Peter:
hoe gaat het
Next:
Peter:
goed
Judith:
fine or good
Peter:
goed
Peter:
goed
Next:
Peter:
dank je
Judith:
thank you
Peter:
dank je
Peter:
dank je
Next:
Peter:
met jou
Judith:
with you
Peter:
met jou
Peter:
met jou
Next:
Peter:
met
Judith:
with
Peter:
met
Peter:
met
Next:
Peter:
dank je wel
Judith:
thank you very much
Peter:
dank je wel
Peter:
dank je wel
Next:
Peter:
heel
Judith:
very
Peter:
heel
Peter:
heel
Next:
Peter:
en
Judith:
and
Peter:
en
Peter:
en
Next:
Peter:
kinderen
Judith:
children
Peter:
kinderen
Peter:
kinderen
Next:
Peter:
ook
Judith:
also
Peter:
ook
Peter:
ook
Next:
Peter:
wat
Judith:
what
Peter:
wat
Peter:
wat
Next:
Peter:
een
Judith:
a
Peter:
een
Peter:
een
Next:
Peter:
verrassing
Judith:
surprise
Peter:
verrassing
Peter:
verrassing
Next:
Peter:
ja
Judith:
yes
Peter:
ja
Peter:
ja
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Judith:
Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Peter:
The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Peter:
"Hallo" is a standard Dutch greeting. You can use this with anyone. When greeting friends, you could also say "hoi", which is more informal.
Judith:
After you greet someone in Dutch, you would usually ask how he/she is.
Peter:
The standard question is "Hoe gaat het?”, literally "How goes it?". To ask about other people, just add "met" plus a name to the end of this question, for example "Hoe gaat het met Michael", "Hoe gaat het met Sandra".
Judith:
And how would I answer this?
Peter:
The standard answer is “Goed dank je” (good, thank you). You could also say "heel goed" (very good).

Lesson focus

Peter:
The focus of this lesson is pronunciation.
Judith:
Dutch is quite easy in that the language is pronounced exactly as it is written. There are a few sounds that you should pay attention to.
Peter:
One is certainly the throaty CH sound, which can be spelled either 'ch' or 'g', as in "goed", "gaat" or the city name "Utrecht".
Judith:
This sound will take some practice, but once you master it, it’s very fun to say!
Peter:
The Dutch R is also quite different from the American R. It also comes from the throat. Practice saying names like "Bert" and "Marijke", or even the word "verassing".
Judith:
Finally, pay attention to the vowels. The pronunciation of the vowels is a typical give-away for American tourists.
Peter:
The base vowels in Dutch are A as in "gaat", E as in "heel", I as in "biet", O as in "ook", U as in "duur" and OE as in "hoe".
Judith:
Additionally, each of the vowels can be long or short, and there are also several diphthongs, or vowel combinations.
Peter:
Listen to native speakers carefully and pay particular attention to the vowels, then try to imitate them. This will help you acquire a good accent in Dutch.

Outro

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That just about does it for today.
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Peter:
Doei.

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Javier
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Dankuwel voor de les

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Wednesday at 7:37 am
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Hoi Kai,


Thank you for your comment. Haha , yeah this one is interesting and i can understand that you are confused.

Had to read it a few times myself and still not entirely sure what goes on here but i think it has to do with the fact that everybody is doing well. Or maybe in the case the of Bert and the children who are also doing well , this is rare because there is usually something going on in their household?. Who knows 😅


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Kai
Friday at 6:23 pm
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I would like to ask what does it mean to say in this context "Wat een verrassing!"?


Is it culturally common to say what a surprise after finding out everyone is doing well?


I'm a bit confused.

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Pety
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Very useful for me.Thank you!

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Mary Joy
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Really comprehensive to me as a beginner!


Dank je wel