Now let’s learn some basic Dutch conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Dutch.

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

Basic Dutch words & phrases: conversations

Video: How to Introduce Yourself in Dutch

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomealstublieft
you’re very welcomegraaggedaan
thank youbedankt
thank you very muchdank u wel
dank je wel

thankshartelijk bedankt
Excuse me!Sorry!


I understand.Ik begrijphet.
I don’t understandIk begrijphet niet.
Hello (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?Met […].
What does that mean?Wat betekent dat?
I don’t know.Ik weet het niet.
I don’t speak Polish.Ik spreek geen Pools.
I speak a little Polish.Ik spreek een beetje Pools.
Do you speak english? (informal)Spreek je Engels?
Do you speak english? (formal)Spreekt u Engels?
Yes, I do speak english.Ja, ikspreek Engels
No, I don’t speak english.Nee, ik spreek geen Engels

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Spreek alstublieft iets langzamer!
Nice to meet you!Leuk je te leren kennen!
How are you?Hoe gaat het?
Good, thank youGoed, bedankt!
I’m well, thanks!Het gaat goed, bedankt!
Not bad, thanks!Niet slecht, bedankt!
very badheel slecht
What’s your name?Hoe heet je?
My name is [...].Ik heet […].
What’s your first name?Wat is je voornaam?
My first name is [...]Mijn voornaam is […].
How old are you?Hoe oud ben je?
I’m [...] years old.Ik ben […] jaar.
What are your hobbies?Wat zijn je hobbies?
What do you like doing?Wat vind je leuk om te doen?
What are you doing (at the moment)?Wat ben je (nu) aan het doen?
Where do you live?Waar woon je?
I live in [...]Ik woon in […].
I’m from EnglandIk kom uit Engeland.
I’m EnglishIk ben Engels.
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