Introduction to the Dutch language/Lesson 1: Greetings
Lesson Overview[edit | edit source]
In this lesson you will learn:
- How to greet someone in Dutch and to say goodbye
Explanation[edit | edit source]
Greetings are really easy in Dutch. One word will do: "Hoi".
"Hoi" means "Hi". That's easy of course. But you don't greet an elder with "Hi". You will always put the word "sir" in the sentence.
So then we get: "Hoi, meneer."
Another way to greet someone is to say "Good Day, sir." In Dutch we say: "Goedendag, meneer."
All right, so those are basic greetings. But in English you almost always say "How are you?" after a greeting. (American: "How are you doing?" Australian: "How are you going?")
In Dutch it is: "Hoe gaat het?"
If you say "Goodbye" to someone "Hoi" will also do.
You can also say to someone in high regards (teacher, businessman, boss, etc.): "Goedendag meneer", which means "Good Day, sir".
Vocabulary[edit | edit source]
- Hallo/Hoi = Hi
- Hoe gaat het? = How are you?
- Meneer = sir/man
- Mevrouw = madam/woman
- Jongen = boy
- Meisje = girl
- Doei/Dag = Bye
- Tot ziens = See you
Notes[edit | edit source]
You can use "Hoi" to say "Bye", but you can't use "Hallo" for that.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Learning Dutch
- Introduction to the Dutch language
- Lesson 1: Greetings
- Lesson 2: The verb "to be" in Dutch
- Lesson 3: Food
- Lesson 4: Animals
- Lesson 5: Clothing
- Lesson 6: Adjectives
- Lesson 7: Possessives
- Lesson 8: Questions
- Lesson 9: Places
- Lesson 10: Seasons
- Lesson 11: Jobs
- Lesson 12: Presentence
- Lesson 13: Countries and Languages
- Lesson 14: Er vs There
- Lesson 15: Body