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"Wij eten de boterham."

Translation:We eat the sandwich.

July 17, 2014


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Is we not acceptable? If so, whats the difference between we and wij?

July 17, 2014


"We" should be a correct translation as well. But note that "we" and "wij" are pronounced differently and the audio exercises do distinguish between them (though it can be hard to hear, try the slow audio). See: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3734337

July 17, 2014


Hey, boterham is sliced bread! Sandwiches are "broodjes" I'm sure!

July 18, 2014


This is not the best translator but google translates them both as sandwich and sandwiches respectively. As I was typing it in "boter" first came up as "butter", so I checked it out separately and "ham" is "ham". "butter" + "ham" doesn't seem like sliced bread to me, but the makings of a sandwich. "brood" is bread, and a diminutive ending has been added to it. Interesting!'

Aahhhh! This dictionary does have "boterham" with both meanings "sandwich" and also "piece of bread" or "slice of bread".
"broodje" is listed as a "bread roll" or "bun" and gives an example of herring on a roll as "broodje herring" which certainly sounds like another kind of sandwich. I had one exercise in a lesson (maybe it was in the English from Dutch course? I stumbled on that one as well.) that gave "sandwich" as the dutch word and asked for the English word which of course was "sandwich", but I don't know if that was an error. In English we have many words for sandwich (a panini, a sub....); so of course, there can be more than one in Dutch.

http://www.mijnwoordenboek.nl/vertaal/NL/EN/boterham http://www.mijnwoordenboek.nl/vertaal/NL/EN/broodje


July 19, 2014


I've just seen so many places here in the Netherlands advertising "belegde broodjes" that I figured that was the word everyone used. I haven't seen or heard anyone using "boterham" other than talking about slices of bread. (Or not yet anyway!)

July 22, 2014


The Dutch REALLY love bread so, naturally, we have different words for it. A slice of bread is 'een boterham' and if you put, say, cheese on it, it is 'een boterham met kaas'. If you're with someone at your house and you're hungry, you can tell them tham you are going to make yourself 'een boterham' which doesn't mean you're going to slice a loaf of bread, but you're going to take a slice of bread and put something on it. If you take two slices and put cheese between them, it's 'een dubbele boterham met kaas'. When talking about one or two slices of bread with something on it, we sometimes refer to that as 'een sandwich'. Also, if the cheese is on a bun, it's called "een broodje kaas" and a bun with multiple toppings (I think in the US they would call that a sub) is usually calles "een belegd broodje". And there's much much more types of bread...

February 19, 2015


No, broodjes are buns, sandwiches are 2 layers of boterham, a "dubbele boterham"

November 12, 2014


eet vs eten?? help

January 11, 2015


eet comes with ik and eten comes with wij and zij

May 20, 2015


eet also comes with jij je hij zij ze and het

December 28, 2015


and eten = food ... het eten

December 29, 2015


Eet and eten?? What the difference??

January 15, 2015


I eat "ik eet" wij eten "we eat"

September 24, 2015


It's hard to tell because of thr accent.

May 19, 2015


The word Boterham it has one "o" it sounds like two o's my tutor says some dutch words are pronounce how it is spelt. So what is the word

February 2, 2016


What is the difference between "het" and "de," both different words used for "the?"

July 24, 2014


I think it is because of the sentence because if you make a sentence it need to be right.

May 19, 2015


What is the difference between "wij" and "we" ?

August 8, 2014

August 9, 2014


Thank you so much!

August 9, 2014


us we not isto nije isto

January 8, 2015


It must be a big sandwich.

July 14, 2015


Aren't "vij" and "wij" pronounced the same? How can I tell them apart?

July 22, 2015


native dutch here.

vij is nothing in the netherlands... the v is different as the w but it almost sounds the same.

December 28, 2015
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