Basic Dutch Verbs

Basic Dutch Verbs 2017-03-20T16:44:09+00:00

Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Dutch conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Dutch“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

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Important verbs

EnglishDutchPronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
zijn
(to) have
hebben
(to) do / (to) make
doen
maken

can / (to) know how to
kunnen
(to) know (how)
weten
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
kennen
(to) understand
begrijpen
(to) speak / (to) talk
spreken
(to) listen to
luisterennaar
(to) hear
horen
(to) see
zien
(to) feel
voelen
(to) live
leven
(to) want
willen
(to) need
nodighebben
(to) like
leukvinden
(to) love
liefhebben
(to) give
geven
(to) take
nemen
(to) play
spelen
(to) laugh
lachen
(to) come
komen
(to) go
gaan
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
besturen
(to) write
schrijven
(to) read
lezen
(to) count
tellen
(to) pronounce
uitspreken
(to) spell
spellen
(to) conjugate
vervoegen
(to) remember
zich herinneren
(to) forget
vergeten
(to) eat
eten
(to) try
proberen
(to) use
gebruiken
(to) open
openen
(to) close
sluiten
(to) greet / (to) welcome
begroeten
(to) begin
beginnen
(to) end
beëindigen

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