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Is there formal and informal in Dutch?

Hey everyone. I have done Rosetta stone German and recently started Dutch. I was wondering if the Dutch has formal and informal like German?

4 weeks ago

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It does, but it's not nearly as big a deal as in German. Hardly anyone in the Netherlands would be upset when addressed informally, especially by a language learner.

For example, growing up I addressed all my teachers and professors with the informal you ("je/jij"), something that would be unthinkable in Germany (as far as I know).

4 weeks ago

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Cool thanks

3 weeks ago

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Now a days it's less formal than it used to be. Growing up in the sixties/seventies only a few teachers wanted to be addressed with "je/jij". Usually I say "u" to a stranger or when I want to keep a professional distance. In the Flemish part of Belgium it's different: My Flemish colleague still addresses me with "u".

3 weeks ago

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If you mean the formal and informal 'you' then yes, Dutch has it like German, ie 'Sie' = 'u' (formal) and 'du' = 'jij' (informal).

4 weeks ago

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thanks. Yes that's what I meant

4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Thankyou for the help

3 weeks ago
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