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"Ik sta bovenaan."

Translation:I am on the top.

August 17, 2014



I've reported it already, but in the audio, it sounds very much like 'boveGaan'. Is that indeed a mistake, or can words take on a new pronunciation when rapidly spoken in Dutch?


The recording doesn't sound correct. In spoken Dutch it is common to drop the "n" when a word ends in "en". Perhaps the program is trying to say "bove'aan" without having the proper sound combination to do that.


To be clear: in the pronunciation of bovenaan the first n is never dropped, the second one sometimes is only half pronounced.


Nope, it's the second one that is never dropped, the first one is only half-dropped if you're lazy.


Looks like regional difference then.


Thanks Wei-Da. And yes, dropping the "n" also happens for words in the middle of sentences: "We lopen die kant op" > "We lope die kant op" (We walk that way/direction.)

I don't think it's very useful if I go too deep into my region, as it's a small area where a lot of dialect is spoken. Where I'm from the e is mostly dropped for words ending on -en. And we have vowel sounds that don't exist in standard Dutch, some consonants change and we drop even more sounds, but then I'm really talking about dialect. :)


Hello Susande, recently I am learning Dutch and many of your comments are very helpful. Here is a question regarding to the drop of -n sound: I also heard from my friend that they drop the sound when the '-n'-ended words are at the end of the sentences. However, what about "-n"-ended words in the middle of the sentences? Are the "n"s also dropped in your region?


Guess so, but really, I can't imagine it.


Are you from Flanders? My favorite singer is Flemish and when I hear her name pronounced by other Flemings the "n" in the end of her last name is almost never fully pronounced.


It seems to have been corrected now.


Can someone help me on the difference between bovenaan and bovenop?

BTW, I find that "BOVEn" has the same body with "aBOVE" in English, I guess that suggests their shared origin. Also it's a good way for beginners like me to remember~


Hm, even I have to think about this for a little while. Bovenaan doesn't necessarily have to mean exactly on the top. So for example I could say: Er is een huis bovenaan de heuvel. (There is a house on the hill) ... but this could also mean that the house is located lets say near the top, 100m under the top.

If I would say: Er is een huis bovenop de heuvel. (There is a house on top of the hill). This would mean that the house is really on top of the hill.


Good explanation, stevephoenix. I would also add one additional word in English, namely "up", to fully express bovenaan vs. aan: "Er is een huis bovenaan de heuvel" as "There is a house up on the hill".


Could this sentence apply in a metaphorical sense, as in having your name be the top one on a leaderboard?


Could it be "I am above"?


I had the same doubt


They told me in another topic that boven stands for above, while bovenaan is on the top


Bovenaan de wereld, ma!


But earlier in the exercise boven is translated as 'on top!'


Could "Ik sta bovenaan" have the same meaning of the english expression "I am on top of it" (meaning, I am taking care of the situation) ? Regards, NBL2015



Bovenaan doesn't mean "...at the top"?


See my post above ;-)


Yes, bovenaan is 'at the top', while bovenop is 'on the top'. So technicaly English translation for this one is off


I've given up listening to the recordings. The man talks too fast and apparently they're not correct anyway...


Would "I stand up top" also be appropriate?


Sta is related to place and ben is before an adjective


Why "at the top" is wrong?


How is "bovenaan" pronounced? I hear "bovieaan". Is this correct?


It is pronounced like "boven" (schwa vowel sound in the second syllable) + "aan": https://forvo.com/search/bovenaan/


It's giving me the translation as "I am first". I tried "I am above" and that was wrong...


What's the difference between "sta" and "ben"?


Sta means stand. Ik sta = I stand. Ben means am. Ik ben = I am


Can I say: I am standing above?

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