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) bezijn
(to) havehebben
(to) do / (to) makedoen / maken
can / (to) know how tokunnen
(to) know (how)weten
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withkennen
(to) understandbegrijpen
(to) speak / (to) talkspreken
(to) listen toluisterennaar
(to) hearhoren
(to) seezien
(to) feelvoelen
(to) liveleven
(to) wantwillen
(to) neednodighebben
(to) likeleukvinden
(to) loveliefhebben
(to) givegeven
(to) takenemen
(to) playspelen
(to) laughlachen
(to) comekomen
(to) gogaan
(to) go (by…)besturen
(to) writeschrijven
(to) readlezen
(to) counttellen
(to) pronounceuitspreken
(to) spellspellen
(to) conjugatevervoegen
(to) rememberzich herinneren
(to) forgetvergeten
(to) eateten
(to) tryproberen
(to) usegebruiken
(to) openopenen
(to) closesluiten
(to) greet / (to) welcomebegroeten
(to) beginbeginnen
(to) endbeëindigen
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