"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?

August 17, 2014


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.

August 17, 2014


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

August 17, 2014


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

February 20, 2015


Looks like regional difference then.

February 20, 2015


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. :)

July 2, 2015


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

February 20, 2015


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?

July 2, 2015


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.

January 9, 2016


It seems to have been corrected now.

October 27, 2014


Not for me.

March 22, 2015


Nor me.

March 23, 2015



January 12, 2016


"I'm on top." XD

February 20, 2015


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~

July 2, 2015


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.

July 29, 2015


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".

March 29, 2019


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

June 10, 2015


Could it be "I am above"?

December 30, 2014


I had the same doubt

February 2, 2015


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

February 3, 2015


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

May 7, 2015


Bovenaan de wereld, ma!

February 15, 2016


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

April 19, 2016



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

July 23, 2015


See my post above ;-)

July 29, 2015



July 31, 2015


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

July 31, 2016


Would "I stand up top" also be appropriate?

September 24, 2016


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

January 9, 2016


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

August 9, 2019


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

September 21, 2017


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

September 28, 2017


Sta is related to place and ben is before an adjective

December 6, 2017


Can I say: I am standing above?

September 3, 2018
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