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Dutch Words of the Week! Week 2

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Welcome back to my Dutch Words of the Week series! I hope your Valentine's Day was great, and that you were hopefully able to use last week's words to talk to someone for whom you were pining. My parents got me stroopwafels for Valentine's Day! They were delicious and I was quite thrilled. =)


This week, we'll be looking at compound words! Words that when combined with each other change the meaning of the word itself. Many of the literal translations for these are quite amusing, adorable, or apt! Enjoy. =)


Word 1: Wasbeer

I absolutely think this word is adorable. Literally translated, it means "washbear". In all actuality, it's a raccoon! =D


Word 2: Handschoenen

This one makes me giggle. The literal translation is "hand shoes". What does it actually mean? You guessed it! Gloves!


Word 3: Brandslang/Tuinslang

A twofer, but they both deserve to slip in here! Brandslang literally translates to "fire snake", while tuinslang literally translates to "yard snake". They mean fire hose and garden hose, respectively!


Word 4: Spiegelei

This literally translates to "mirror egg". If you want a sunny-side up egg, this is for which you ask! =)


Word 5: IJsbeer

This translates literally to "Ice bear"! It means Polar Bear. Adorable!


And here are a few bonus words that you most likely know, but that have different translations than you may think or have noticed!

  • Schildpad (Turtle)-Shield toad
  • Boterham (Sandwich)-Butter ham
  • Pindakaas (Peanut butter)-Peanut cheese
  • Tandpasta (toothpaste)-Tooth pasta
  • Klokhuis (Apple core)-Clock house

This concludes this week's Dutch Words of the Week! May you find use for these words in your life, or a bit of amusement from them! And a slight "meme" for those of you that get it based on literal translations from Dutch. =)

Tot de volgende woensdag!

~Camden

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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Good work! I love the tile meme! Many of these are common in other languages as well. Especially in German, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish but also in Finnish. In many ways, English words like "vacuum cleaner" are the funny exceptions. "Raccoon", by the way, is a loan word taken from Algonquian. In English, it means "he scratches with the hands." :)

1 year ago

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That's cool! I didn't know that! And thank you, dear Mari! Speaking of raccoons, Buzzfeed did an article at one point about a raccoon that stole a man's phone while it was recording! Did you see it? =)

1 year ago

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Nope. I try to avoid sites like Buzzfeed because it is so easy to keep clicking away and, before you know it, you have spent an hour or two on nonsense. :)

1 year ago

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Haha, I believe it's the BEST kind of nonsense if it's keeping you entertained. =)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Larry_the_Zebra
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Buzzfeed purple taught me things my mommy never wanted me to know. How is THAT nonsense???? ;-)

1 year ago

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I love all of the colours of the Buzzfeed rainbow. =D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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Goed gedaan, hoor! De plaatjes (pictures) zijn ook heel leuk. :)

1 year ago

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Dankuwel, mevrouw Carina! En ja, ik hou van de plaatje voor de wasbeer; het is veel leuk en aanbiddelijk. =)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Petri502369

Ben het helemaal met je eens. Prachtig gewoon.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Larry_the_Zebra
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Goed gedaan, Cam. Ik ben zeker dat je daarmee een paar leerlingen heeft geholpen.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cam_and_Alex
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Dankuwel, mijn vriend. =)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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@Larry_the_Zebra: I want to correct your Dutch, but I won't since I know now that you're quite sensitive to that. :P

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Larry_the_Zebra
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Thank you for pointing out that I didn't read that sentence over carefully enough before posting...HEBT geholpen. But if you want to find fault with the comma before 'Cam', then I really will accuse you of nit-picking. ;-)

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The comma is in the wrong place! (jk) ;) Also, it should be: Ik ben er zeker van.... or Ik weet zeker....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan
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Hallo Camden,
Hartelijk dank voor deze leuke tweede les. Deze les is ook weer heel leerzaam voor Nederlanders die Engels leren. Ik probeer jouw letterlijke Engelse vertaling te begrijpen en het echte Engelse woord te leren.
Tot volgende week woensdag.

1 year ago

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Dankuwel voor de vriendelijk woorden, Pentaan! Het is mijn plezier over mijn favoriete taal te spreken, en ik hou van de zoeken voor de woorden en informatie! Ik hoop dat u zult houden van de lessen doorgaan! Tot 's woensdagen!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robin24305

Great fun, thanks for posting. Do you do the illustrations yourself, they add a lot. thanks for the effort

1 year ago

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Hi, Robin! Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! No, I don't do the illustrations myself. I have the drawing skills of a comatose rock in Siberia, so if I were to try to draw any of those myself, it would be a big MS Paint blob, and everyone would be crying. =P I hope to see you here next week!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ik_Ben_Een_Appel

Ha ha! I'm kinda new to Dutch so I hadn't really realized their "secret" meanings!

1 year ago

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Yeah, they are quite fun to pick apart when you've spent some time with the language. It can also help you strengthen your skills and retaining ability by splicing apart the words. For very long words, if you know the individual words that make up the word, it makes it way easier to remember than the giant strand of letters that will most likely eject from your brain upon your moving on to the next question. With repetition, they will stick, but they'll stick more easily-and faster-by picking them apart. At least to me.

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