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Hallo allemaal! Ik ben Gabriella. Hi everybody! I’m Gabriella.
Welcome to DutchPod101.com’s “Nederlands in 3 minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Dutch.
In the last lesson, we learned how to easily use Dutch adjectives.
In this lesson, we will start a series dedicated to the most common Dutch verbs – the ones you will definitely hear all the time!
The first verb in our series will be gaan, which means "to go". We will use this word along with different prepositions and destinations.
You will see that in Dutch, you have to use an appropriate linking word to connect gaan to your destination.
So imagine someone asks you Waar ga je heen met vakantie? That means "Where are you going for your holidays?" in the informal form.
However, it literally means “Where are you going with holidays?” So met is the correct preposition, and it means “with”.
So if you are going to a ski resort, for example, you will say: Ik ga naar een ski resort.
[slowly] Ik ga naar een ski resort.
Or you could say, Ik ga naar het strand. “I’m going to the beach.”
[slowly] Ik ga naar het strand.
So let’s break down this answer.
First we had-
Ik ga, which is "I am going to..."
It is the present tense form of the verb gaan, "to go".
After it came naar, which means “to” in Dutch.
Finally, we had ski resort which is taken directly from English.
So now, let’s have a closer look at the prepositions you can use with gaan. For instance, when you want to tell someone that you’re going on holiday, you would say Ik ga op vakantie. “I’m going on holiday.”
[slowly] Ik ga op vakantie.
Op means “on”.
So we have seen how you can use met, “with”, naar, “to”, and op, “on” with the verb gaan.
Now it’s time for Gabriella’s Insights.
In Dutch if you want to ask where you and your friends are going, you should use “we.” You’ll substitute the pronoun je with we or wij, which both mean “we”.
Waar gaan we heen? “Where are we going?”
The answer could be, for instance:
We gaan naar het zwembad which is “We’re going to the pool.”
So in order to make a question, say
Gaan wij naar het zwembad? “Are we going to the pool?”
So, in this lesson, we learned how to use the much-used verb gaan with the correct preposition - met, naar and op. “With”, “to” and “on”.
Next time, we’ll learn another very useful verb, doen.
Do you know what this verb means? I’ll be waiting for you with the answer in the next Nederlands in 3 minuten lesson.
Tot ziens!