https://www.duolingo.com/tbarasmussen

Your favourite Dutch sentence

The title says it all. What's your favourite Dutch sentence? Mine is: "De volgende halte is ... Morstel Oude-God". (lit: "The following halt is ... >Belgium town south of Antwerpen<")

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland
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Mine is ""Je rijdt jouw motorfiets als een baas." (Found it the Travel skill)

It means "You ride your motorcycle like a boss".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Torsby
Torsby
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Calling people "baas" (just without any article) is definitly a pro in Dutch! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcarlosmjr
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I need to get to this one!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akianeart

Mine is "Pardon Ik ben een appel." Translation: Excuse me I am an apple. Imagine if you were walking down the street and somebody came up to you and said that.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbarasmussen

I am so glad I could understand that even through I am not learning Dutch at the moment (want to finish Spanish first)

Pardon is similar to French Ik ben is similar to German (Ich bin) Een is similar to Danish, my native language (en/et) Appel is the last name of my good friend and he always tells everybody that it isn't a misspelling of the German "Apfel" but in fact a Dutch word.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naylor1993
Naylor1993
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Ik wil mijn fiets terug. (Light-hearted jab at the Germans who stole their bikes during the war.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Torsby
Torsby
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Dat is mijn opa's fiets, ja! Dat je dat maar ee'm weet, zo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcarlosmjr
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My favorite one up to now is "Goedendag, sap"

Just need to use it someday :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarmFoothills

You can use it every morning at breakfast :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne
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I have tons of them, but one fave which comes to mind is, "Als je meer humor zou hebben, zou ik je meer hebben betaald." which in English is, "If you had more humor, I would have paid you more".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
Albantar
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I heard a poet say that he found that the best Dutch sentence is:

"Ik ook van jou."

Whever you hear this, for example in a train while you hear half a phone conversation, you just automatically assume that it's said in answer to "Ik hou van jou." It could also be used for many other things, for example "Ik krijg nog geld van jou;" "Ik ook van jou." But it kind of shows an innate "glass half full" mentality that we just always assume that it means "Ik hou ook van jou."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JudithL1
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I find it so weird that the Dutch word for liking/loving needs a "van"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Wij hebben aardbeien. We have strawberries. I love the way aardbeien sounds.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simius
Simius
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Not to be confused with aambeien (haemorrhoids)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naylor1993
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Same thing with koeien, just fun to say for some reason :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JudithL1
JudithL1
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I also really liked "Hij kookt een aardbei" he cooks a strawberry.

  1. cooking strawbeeries? they are more delicious when raw

  2. only one?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tlbraams
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I've got to go with: "Hij is in een relatie met een weegschaal." Just cause it makes no sense

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
Albantar
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Weegschaal is also the Dutch name for the astrological sign Libra. And "he" could definitely be in a relationship with a Libra, right? :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tlbraams
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hadn't thought of that possibility...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yoel.
Yoel.
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I'm going to repeat my comment:

sounds heavy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Torsby
Torsby
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Could make perfect sense. Someone that is 304 kg and wants to weigh a little less... well... he or she could perfectly be in a relationship with a scale ;).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/locke2002

"Éénentwinig eenden en een eerste appel" In the discussion on this one, the person said they wrote it because of the alliteration and it sounds funny (which helps you remember it, haha). It means "Twenty-one ducks and a first apple."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
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The first thing that pops to mind: Ik ben je moeder niet! (I'm not your mother!) used whenever you're telling someone they should manage their own affairs/you're not going to help them/you're not going to worry about them/when you want them to clean up their own mess/you're not going to walk over and give somebody the thing they want (e.g. a drink)/etc., in other words simply telling them you will not act like his/her mother and you will not pamper him/her.

Also a really nice one is Voetjes van de vloer! (Feet from the floor!) meaning: Dance! or Let's dance!

And one I just saw on the forum: Liefde heeft geen kleur, liefde geeft kleur. (Love has no color, love gives color.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Ik ben een appel. Just translate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tbarasmussen

Just like "Akianeart"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Zij eten avondeten. ('cause it rhymes)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
LICA98
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"De jongen eet een citroen en een limoen." is pretty good too

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
aaditsingh8
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"Ik spreek geen nederlands" It sounds catchy!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/R3M1X

You speak no Dutch?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
aaditsingh8
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Actually I do speak some Dutch...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hibl

mine is, hands down, "een eend eet een ei en een eierkoek" because… well, look at it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dc108
dc108
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Funny tongue twister! Could even be possible I guess: A duck eats an egg and a pancake. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
Albantar
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How about: Als achter vliegen vliegen vliegen vliegen vliegen vliegen achterna. Yes, that's a grammatically correct sentence...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hibl

Hahaha! Beautiful! What does it mean exactly? A fly flies after a fly flying after etc…?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
Albantar
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When flies fly behind flies then flies are chasing flies in flight.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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Ah, tongue twisters... C:

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/R3M1X

Mine so far is " Pardon, Ik ben een appel." It means "Excuse me, I'm an apple."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fluentspeaker101

het appel sap :-) don't judge me, i just started learning dutch, hehehe

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Actorthatl

Ik ben een boterham.

1 year ago
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