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Why alsjeblieft is a difficult word to remember

Why does that word bug me? It's difficult to spell, to say and to remember. And it means such a simple word - please. It's so annoying when it seems that language just puts long words like that in the way to annoy you, instead of a short snappy 6 - letter english word with isn't quite so difficult to say!

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

It annoys me when languages like English add unnecessary verbs to everything like 'do'. "Do you want an apple?" Why is that even a thing? Everyone should say "Want an apple?" instead like in Dutch (Wil je een appel?).

Also, it annoys me that plz is not the standard way of writing 'please'. In Dutch, you have A.U.B or just aub when you want to say alsjeblieft. Much easier.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olja.
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In Russian for the sentence "Do you want an apple?" we need only two words. "Хочешь яблоко?" ("Want apple?") :)

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

Yeah! Why isn't English like Russian? Silly English. :)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
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Lol i bet some people who are learning russian here at the moment..would disagree .. But you won't see their comments because they'll be too busy deciding if it's "yablaka" or "yablako" or "yablaki" or "yablaku" or "yablakam" or "yablakami" :P

Every language and it's issues..

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

In case you didn't get it, my point is that all languages have inefficient ways of saying things. Although in Dutch, alsjeblieft is not one of them.

You can just say A.U.B (like the letters are pronounced in Dutch) and when chatting with people on Skype, people often just type "aub". :)

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
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yeap, and in Spanish you just say the sentence the same with but with a rising intonation pattern (querés una manzana is a statement if you go slightly down with you voice at the end or a question if you go up on manzana)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zaqsert
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Alsjeblieft -> als je blieft -> as you please

That's how I remember it.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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The word is a contraction of the sentence Als het je belieft : If it pleases you. The formal expression is alstublieft, Als het u belieft -> Als 't u belieft -> Alstublieft. In the informal version, the het -> 't are dropped altogether.

(The verb believen has dropped out of use, nowadays.)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Atcovi

I learned on Babbel "Alsjeblieft" is "Alstublieft"

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lelieblad

Alsjeblieft is the informal form, and alstublieft is the formal form.

Note: Als "je" blieft. and Alst "u" blieft. U is the formal you and je is the informal you.

However, the short form is always A.U.B not A.J.B if I recall correctly.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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You recall correctly. :-)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dragongirl321

ok i see your point about english it is a weird language but is still cant remember alsjeblieft! 8 )

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CapnLee

it is something you definitely get used to over time, it is different to english but it is consistent with itself. once you get used to the sounds and spelling of dutch words you will start thinking that alsjeblieft is spelled like it sounds.

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dragongirl321

ok I think I see........aljeblieft is that right?

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https://www.duolingo.com/LucBE
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Nope: alSjeblieft. :-)
Als-je-blieft - If-you-please...

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