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"Ik ben altijd heel zenuwachtig."

Translation:I am always very nervous.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Moonfriend
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Is "zenuwachtig" named after our Lord Xenu? That makes me nervous.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Susande
Susande
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zenuw = nerve

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moonfriend
Moonfriend
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Thanks. I've just read that its English cognate is sinew. So Xenu is not watching you, making you nervous.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/XenuEtrawl

Don't fear Xenu

1 year ago

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Is er een verschil tussen "zenuwachtig" en "nerveus"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MentalPinball
MentalPinball
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Not really, as far as I know. Dutch, as English, has words that come from Latin and French (for instance -the Romance languages branch, so to speak) and words that come from German and other Germanic languages. This means that in some cases there are two words (one coming from Latin/French, another one coming from Germanic languages) that refer to the same concept.

You can watch this little video by Arika Okrent, it's short, fun and very clear:

https://youtu.be/HbVOTJHA21k

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexWolffe
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Heel vs Zeer?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lewistrick
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Heel is far more common; zeer is very formal. There might be cases one wants to use zeer (or erg, which is also a synonym, but indicates exaggeration) if the word heel is already in the sentence with another meaning (whole, intact, entire).

1 year ago