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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, we’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question “What's the matter?” After watching this video, you’ll be able to make complaints and ask someone else if they’re having any issues.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
Wat is er aan de hand?
Het kantoor is heet.
Once more with the English translation.
Wat is er aan de hand?
“What's the matter?”
Het kantoor is heet.
“The office is hot.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What's the matter?”
That's: Wat is er aan de hand?
Listen to it again: Wat is er aan de hand?, Wat is er aan de hand?
“What's the matter?”
This Dutch sentence literally translates into "What is wrong?,” but it means “What's the matter?” in English.
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
Het kantoor is {adjective}.
“The office is {adjective}.”
For example:
“The office is hot.”
Het kantoor is heet., Het kantoor is heet.