"Het spijt me, maar het eten is heel vies."
Translation:I am sorry, but the food is really gross.
In Dutch, when food is described as vies it pretty much always means that the food tastes gross. Vies also means dirty, but dirty in a physical sense, meaning covered with dirt.
"Gross" in British English either means 12 dozen, or if used of things like food, is slang. Is there another English word which could translate "vies"? "Bad" maybe?
(Edited to add) I noticed that Duolingo's correction said "the food is really bad", so I tried "bad" and it was counted as wrong!
heel vies - very/really bad
Other than that, gross is also used in British English, e.g.:
The use of "gross" in British English must be very modern, it was always regarded as slang.
As far as I am aware it still is, although like a lot of slang words. it is being used more and more in the media. Of course the same word is sometimes used to mean 12 dozen, and also the opposite of "net" (for instance when talking about wages/salaries before tax and other deductions have been taken into account.