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"A woman and a boy"

Translation:Een vrouw en een jongen

July 30, 2014



Do article genders exist in Dutch?


Yes, gender affects the definite articles: "de" = masculine and feminine; "het" = neuter nouns

See: Grammar: De/Het/Een


I can't pronounce vrouw. Can anyone give details and directions as to speak it properly? Thanks!


Fr-ow... and slightly roll the r. I think that's right


its more throaty than German pronunciation but basically the same. Most r's in Dutch are from the back of your throat


i say it like "vroom" energy but that plus "brow" like "eyebrow." "vrow" that's how it sounds to me


Sounds about right (depends a bit on how you say vroom some say that almost like wroom)


Damn I'm a native spanish speaker and someone said it was easy for us to learn... But the pronuntiation it's nothing like spanish...


Depending on the pronunciation you're focusing on, the r (and other consonants) can be similar.

The r tends to vary a lot, anyway.


It's not easy for us!


When do we use jij/je ?


Jij and je can both be used.

  • Jij bent goed in Nederlands.
  • Je bent goed in Nederlands.

For jezelf (which you'll probably learn later on) we don't use jijzelf. So then you can't use both jij and je.

That's all I know for now.


You can use jij and je, but if you want to emphasize you: use jij. You can not stress "je".


Why duch use "de" for woman but "het" for girl?


'Het meisje' comes from 'de meid', but 'het meisje' is a smaller version of 'de meid'. Every smaller version of words, or so called 'verkleinwoorden', get 'het' as an article. But words such as 'het boek', so with an original article of 'het', don't get their smaller version changed to 'de boekje'. Here too, the article of the smaller version (aka 'verkleinwoord') is 'het'; so 'het boek' turns into 'het boekje'.

Now for context, you mostly use 'het meisje'. 'De meid' doesn't get used often, only between good friends, so I'd recommend using 'het meisje'.


Awesome! Thanks for the explanation. In German it's actually the same. We say "DIE Magd" and "DAS Mädchen". So the smaller version gets the neutral article.


When is zij and when ze? Both was she ...


It depends on emphasis - zij is used for emphasis and contrast (to sum it up).

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