R is for rommel Rommel means mess, rommelig is messy, and I just love the way the word sounds. And you get rommelmarkt, which is a jumble sale
There aren't really any words in Dutch that begin with q. Those that they do use are all imported from other languages like quiche.
P is for pet, plotseling and pink. Pet is a good word as it has a completely different meaning in Dutch to English. It means cap, as in the type you wear on your head. So you can have a pet on your head! Plotseling means suddenly. It has such a nice sound! And pink... Continue Reading →
O is for oma, opa and oksel. Oma is granny and opa is grandpa, so very useful words to know. I think these were one of the first words both my parents and my parents-in-law learnt in Dutch. Oksel is armpit, which is a word I find amusing. In both languages. At least in English... Continue Reading →
N is for natuurlijk. This means naturally, or of course. It is a standard response to questions and often the na at the beginning is missed off.
M is for molen and morgen Molen is windmill, of which there are many here. The Netherlands is covered with windmills, or the old and new varieties. Some are for power production - as the country is so flat this is an ideal place to have them. But traditionally they were used to pump water.... Continue Reading →
L is for leuk or lekker Both of these words are highly used here. Leuk means nice or good, and is a very handy response to almost everything. "What did you do at the weekend?" "Oh, leuk!" Lekker is yummy, so if you eat something good you'd say it was lekker. Though it can also... Continue Reading →
K is for klomp and kermis What would the Netherlands be without its klompen, or clogs. You can see them in all the tourist shops - either wooden or a fluffy slipper alternative. And I have once spotted someone in the supermarket wearing them. But at least in this region they are uncommon. Kermis is... Continue Reading →