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Hallo allemaal! Ik heet Marleen. Hi everybody! I’m Marleen.
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 be grateful to people by saying Bedankt. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Holland.
Ben je er klaar voor? Are you ready? Let’s start!
The most used informal greeting is-
[slowly] Hallo.
Hallo means “hi” or “hello”. We should only use this greeting with friends or relatives.
The most used *formal* greetings will change depending on the time of day. Let’s start with:
[slowly] Goedendag
Literally, Goedendag means "good day". As a rule of thumb we can use goedendag only during the daytime – from late morning until early evening.
In the morning we say Goedemorgen, “good morning!
[slowly] Goedemorgen.
During the evening we say:
[slowly] Goedenavond
Goed is Dutch for “good”. Dag, morgen, and avond means “day”, “morning”, and “evening”, respectively. Easy, right?
What should you say when you leave? Dutch people usually say Tot ziens when leaving in a formal situation.
[slowly] Tot ziens.
Tot ziens means “good-bye.”
If we say good-bye to friends or our relatives, we use the informal word Dag!
[slowly] Dag
You can also say Doei! The expression doei! is commonly used in informal situations.
[slowly] Doei
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Dutch!
Let’s review them all again.
First, the greetings-
Informally, we simply say Hallo.
Formally, use Goedemorgen! in the morning...
...Goedendag! in the afternoon...
...and Goedenavond! in the evening.
When leaving in a formal situation, we say-
Tot ziens
And in an informal situation, it’s-
Dag! Or Doei!
It’s easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for Marleen’s insights.
In formal situations, Dutch people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. On the other hand, if we meet someone we are very friendly with, we kiss each other on both cheeks, usually 2 or 3 times. Don’t be afraid to do it with your Dutch friends—it’s normal!
During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase Spreekt u Engels? Do you already know it? I'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Nederlands in 3 minuten lesson.
Tot ziens!