"Ik spreek een beetje Nederlands."

Translation:I speak a bit of Dutch.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/StuartSutt1

In English i would say ' a little Dutch' , not ' a bit of'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dutchesse722
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a bit of is English!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StuartSutt1

It certainly is ! But not grammatically in that type of sentence. It is more colloquial.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ion1122
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There is nothing wrong with saying "a bit of" in English. It is perfectly grammatical in the sentence here.

Yes, it is more colloquial than "a little", but it is perfectly grammatical.

But what about the Dutch? Is the Dutch sentence here using "beetje" more colloquial or more formal? Or does Dutch not make a distinction here?

That is what will determine the best translation, not "grammar".

In any case, I agree that "some", "a little", and "a bit of" should all be accepted answers here.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cobacabana-22

Funny enough, my first answer was "I speak a bit of Dutch" but I backspaced and changed it to "a little" since it's a more literal translation and got it correct regardless.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/matildagrn
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Wouldn't it in English also be okay to say 'I speak a bit Dutch' ? Without 'of' ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StuartSutt1

Personally, I would be more inclined to say 'I speak some Dutch", or " a little Dutch".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ion1122
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In standard English you need to include the "of": I speak a bit OF Dutch.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HannahFran358196

No that is very grammatically incorrect. Would be okay in parts of scotland tho.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sameh931747
1 month ago

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Tongue twister!

10 months ago

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How to pronounce beetje

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ion1122
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There is a pronunciation key in the Tips & Notes for this lesson. Or, click on the speaker button to hear the audio!

1 month ago

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Is "beetje" considered to be a slangy and/or cutesy word in Dutch? If so, I wonder if "a tad of" or "a smigeon of" would be apt translations for it.

1 week ago
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