Dutch Vocabulary

The Dutch vocabulary is the backbone for learning. Below we picked 70% of the most commonly used words. Therefore memorizing them will give you a 70% boost in the language. This is the smarter way of online learning. Learn only what you need. We start with commonly used numbers.

One: een  Audio Two: twee  Audio Three: drie  Audio
Four: vier  Audio Five: vijf  Audio Six: zes  Audio
Seven: zeven  Audio Eight: acht  Audio Nine: negen  Audio
Ten: tien  Audio First: eerste  Audio Second: tweede  Audio

Time Expressions

Days of the week and time expressions:

Monday: maandag  Audio Tuesday: dinsdag  Audio Wednesday: woensdag  Audio
Thursday: donderdag  Audio Friday: vrijdag  Audio Saturday: zaterdag  Audio
Sunday: zondag  Audio Now: nu  Audio Yesterday: gisteren  Audio
Today: vandaag  Audio Tonight: vanavond  Audio Tomorrow: morgen  Audio

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Most popular fruits and vegetables:

Fruits: fruit  Audio Apples: appels  Audio
Bananas: banaanen  Audio Tomatoes: tomaten  Audio
Potatoes: aardappelen  Audio Onions: uien  Audio

Colors that we think are very important to remember:

Red: rood  Audio Green: groen  Audio Blue: blauw  Audio
White: wit  Audio Black: zwart  Audio Grey: grijs  Audio

Some words related to food:

Breakfast: ontbijt  Audio Lunch: lunch/middageten  Audio
Dinner: diner/avondeten  Audio Milk: melk  Audio
Coffee: koffie  Audio Bread: brood  Audio

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Weather terms and sensations:

Sunny: zonnig  Audio Windy: winderig  Audio Rainy: regenachtig / het regent  Audio
Snowy: het sneeuwt  Audio Cold: koud  Audio Hot: warm  Audio

Words related to family and relatives:

Boy: jongen  Audio Girl: meisje  Audio
Son: zoon  Audio Daughter: dochter  Audio
Brother: broer  Audio Sister: zus  Audio
Man: man  Audio Woman: vrouw  Audio
Father: vader  Audio Mother: moeder  Audio
Grandfather: grootvader/opa  Audio Grandmother: grootmoeder/oma  Audio

Locations in the house which are talked about more during the day:

House: huis  Audio Toilet: toilet  Audio Room: kamer  Audio
Bedroom: slaapkamer  Audio Kitchen: keuken  Audio Table: tafel  Audio

Animals and pets popular to everyone:

Cat: kat  Audio Dog: hond  Audio Mouse: muis  Audio
Bird: vogel  Audio Cow: koe  Audio Horse: paard  Audio

The clothes most worn by most people:

Socks: sokken  Audio Shoes: schoenen  Audio Trousers: broek  Audio
Shirt: hemd  Audio Sweater: trui  Audio Coat: jas  Audio

Most popular languages in the world:

English: engels  Audio French: frans  Audio German: duits  Audio
Spanish: spaans  Audio Italian: italiaans  Audio Portuguese: portugees  Audio
Greek: grieks  Audio Russian: russisch  Audio Arabic: arabisch  Audio
Hindi: hindi  Audio Chinese: chinees  Audio Japanese: japans  Audio


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Travel Vocabulary

Most popular terms when traveling:

Taxi: taxi  Audio Bus: bus  Audio
Hotel: hotel  Audio Reservation: reservering  Audio
Airport: luchthaven  Audio Passport: paspoort  Audio

Words you can use in class or talking about school:

Student: student  Audio Teacher: leraar  Audio Pen: pen  Audio
Books: boeken  Audio Page: pagina  Audio Dictionary: woordenboek  Audio

Body parts which are talked about more often:

Hand: hand  Audio Feet: voeten  Audio Hair: haar  Audio
Eye: oog  Audio Mouth: mond  Audio Nose: neus  Audio

Emergency vocabulary to ask for help or offer help when needed:

Ambulance: ambulance  Audio Doctor: dokter  Audio
Hospital: ziekenhuis  Audio Pharmacy: apotheek  Audio
Police: politie  Audio Stomach Ache: buikpijn  Audio

As you can see, this Dutch vocabulary is something you will need every day. You can use our Vocabulary Trainer to help you memorize these words.

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Did you know? People use only a small amount of their vocabulary on a daily basis. The rest of the words are either unused or not used often.