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Mies: Welcome back to DutchPod101.com, the place to learn and to love Dutch. This is all about Lesson 5- Top 5 Important Phrases for Learning Dutch. In this lesson we are taking years of experience in the Netherlands and boiling it down to a few essential phrases. They are a great place to start in Dutch.
Jacob: Yes, these are real-life Dutch words that will help you every day!
Mies: Yes, they are guaranteed to be the best things you ever learned in Dutch. Jacob where should we begin?
Jacob: Well, we want to make a good impression right off the bat, so I think one place is with a simple greeting…"Hallo" ("Hello").
Mies: Yes, and if you don't know "Hallo" ("Hello") yet, we don't know where you've been. We would be remiss if we didn't teach you the word for "hello."
Jacob.: Yes, "Hallo" ("Hello").
Mies: Yes, and to be more polite say "Goedemorgen" ("Good morning").
Jacob: "Goedemorgen, hoe gaat het ermee?" meaning "Good morning, how are you?"
Mies: So how about when we say Goodbye ?
Jacob: We will say “ dag”
Mies: Yes, we say “dag” or we can say “doei” if it’s ok to be informal.
Jacob: Next we of course need to mention "Dank u wel “which is Dutch for "thank you."
Mies: Showing good manners is very important, and a simple "thank you" will do the job.
Jacob: Indeed! And this phrase can be used at any time just to show your manners and appreciation.
Mies: It's so simple, but it will put a smile on people's faces!
Jacob: That's Dutch for you!
Mies: Ahem…while we're on the topic of politeness, a "please" will always come in handy!
Jacob: Yes, in such a case, just say "alstublieft"
Mies: "alstublieft" is used for both "please" and "here you are” right?
Jacob: Yes, and do you remember what word you use for getting people's attention!
Mies: “Pardon”, excuse me.
Jacob: Yeah and it also means I’m sorry.
Mies: Great! And I remember when I was still a beginner and didn't know how to say what I wanted. I would just point at the thing and say "? !"
Jacob Thank goodness for charades!.
Jacob Yes, and here's a phrase for you when you're in doubt…"Ik begrijp het niet”
Mies: "Ik begrijp het niet" means "I don't understand."
Jacob..: This is such a common phrase.
Mies: It's perfect when you want help reading Dutch, yeah!
Jacob Yes, Dutch people always appreciate enthusiasm!
Mies: Here's another word that can come in handy…when you need to do some apologizing.
Jacob It's "pardon” Like “sorry” in English.
Mies: Yes, this is also used when you want attention, right?
Jacob..: Right! "sorry" or "excuse me," that sort of thing.
Mies: You're likely going to need to use "pardon" a lot on your travels when asking the locals for directions and advice.
Jacob..: Yeah, that always seems to happen.
Mies: We're equipping you well to ward off face slaps. In fact, you can just throw this word out at random, just to be on the safe side of etiquette. When are some other occasions when "sorry" will come in handy?
Jacob..: Hmm, when you step on some one's foot?
Mies: Yes, you can apologize to all the dainty toes your foreign feet will step on in the crowded train.
Jacob..: Yes, "Pardon”
Mies: Just like that. Or to repent over some cultural faux pas you likely don't know you've committed.
Jacob..: Yes, it doesn't hurt to be on the safe side.
Okay. We’ve already got five phrases already, but hey, some of them were pretty short, so we're including a bonus phrase just because it's nice and polite and we have to share it.
Jacob..: "Ik heet" meaning "My name is…"
Mies: Being able to present your name will be highly appreciated and help you on your way.
Jacob..: Yeah, you will make many friends, and you will not be forgotten for sure. Dutch people tend to remember you whether you like it or not.
Jacob..: I think those are all great phrases, Mies. We've really narrowed it down.
Mies: I agree! So, everyone, get started with these, and keep coming back for more essential and fun Dutch here at DutchPod101.com!
Jacob: That’s it for this lesson. Dag!
Mies: Doei!