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<")
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.
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."
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.)