Notes: the songs do a great job of getting a proper sense of the pronunciation
composer - componist
deceased - overleden
to strike - slaan
ik zou graag willen weten - I would love to know
Graag gedaan! - I did it with pleasure, was my pleasure
hemel - word is used for heaven as well as sky
de hemel is blauw - the sky is blue
de lucht is blauw - the sky is blue
wij hebben lucht nodig om te leven - we need air to..
fast, quick - snel or vlug
Praat niet zo vlug - don't speak so fast.
Praat wat langzamer - speak a bit slower.
teach - learn - leren
I did not learn anyhting - Ik leerde niets
I taught him a new trick - Ik leerde hem een nieuw trukje
ik ben moe - I am tired
I ga even zitten - I m going to sit down for a bit
10,000 tien duizend (pay close attention to this one, the ui
1000 duizendsound is unknown in English
to make the ui sound properly move lips in position for the u sound you and open your mouth slowly until you hear the sound changing. That's it. Close enough
De mensen zijn moe
Waarom zijn de mensen moe
Wij weten het niet
Ik weet het ook niet
Dat zou ik wel eens willen weten
Wie wil het nog meer weten
Wat wil je nog meer weten?
Wat wil je weten
Misschien door hun jachten en jagen
Misschien door hun vele vragen
Zijn de bergen wel zo hoog
Ik denk dat ze hoog zijn
Er ligt sneeuw op de toppen van de bergen
Er zijn geen bergen in Nederland
The hoogste "berg" is een heuvel bij Vaals in Zuid Limburg.
Geen wonder dat Nederland een fiets land is
Click here for a lot of usefullinformation on the Dutch and The Netherlands
This may not be your average, run-of-the-mill set of language lessons. They came about after I had scoured the web for some decent material for some friends who were planning a European vacation and had some connections with The Netherlands, but found the gleanings pretty slim and of dull quality.
I remember how as teeners we would sing most of our songs in English because that's what the pop songs were all about
So here I was, biking my way to school and belting out : I'm just a lonely boy, lonely and blue, with nothing to do. Most of the time we did not have a clue what we were singing, that came later, but I have a strong conviction that when, at the time of my minor performance, would an english girl have heard me, she would have gotten the idea : I was a boy, I was lonely, I was not in high spirits and I was most likely bored
How to study?
Always start with the song first.....!
Click on the video,
The song is at the heart of your vocabulary.
The pronunciation and the idiom is all there. Only after you have listened
The song is what should play in your head to the song and said or sang
Like a constant dialogue ,
Question & Answer the words out loud along,
Example : should you move on to the
Q. Waarom zijn de bergen zo hoog? exercises at the bottom of
A. Om de sneeuw te vergaren? Misschien. the page.
Misschien om het dal voor de kou te bewaren
The people are tired
Why are the people tired
We don't know
I do not know either
That I would like to know
Who else would like to know
What else do you want to know
What do you want to know
Maybe because of their hurrying
Maybe because of their many questions
Are the mountains really that high
I think they are high
There is snow on the tops of the mountains.
There are no mountains in The Netherlands.
The highest "mountain is a hill near Vaals in South Limburg.
No wonder Holland is a bicycle country.
Do not worry about pronunciation !
Do not worry about word sequences
Do not worry about making mistakes
Do not worry about sounding foolish
Do sound this out......Out loud!
The people that laugh at you are the ones that know even less
The ones that do know more than you love helping you do it right.
And the ones that don't aren't worth your worry
They got bigger problems
werk woord means work word
De werkwoorden in dit eerste lied: verbs in this first song
bewaren - to keep,save, protect
jagen - to hunt, chase, hurry
kunnen - to can, to be able to
leren - to learn
scheppen - to create, make
weten - to know
vragen - to ask
vergaren - to gather together, collect
vissen - to fish
zijn - to be
Ik bewaar - I keep bewaarde
jij bewaart - you keep bewaarde
hij/zij bewaart - he/she .. bewaarde
wij/we bewaren - we bewaarden jullie bewaren - you (plural)bewaarden zij bewaren - they bewaarden
ik heb bewaard - I have ..
jij hebt bewaard - you
hij/zij heeft bewaard -he/she
wij hebben bewaard - we
jullie hebben bewaard - you (plural)
zij hebben bewaard - they
jagen jaagden gejaagd
vergaren vergaarden vergaard
bewaren bewaarden bewaard
The regular verbs simply get 'de(n)'
the oft doubling of the vowel has more to do with pronunciation than spelling.
a vowel followed by a single consonant is a long one, (vragen)
while when followed by two consonants it is short. (vlaggen)
vragen is long een a like in dad but even more open
vlaggen is short een a like in but
open is long like in open
stoppen is short like in stop
uren is long like in u but with the rounding of your lips like you want to whistle
kurk is short like in null
weten is long like in haven
zetten is short like in Bev (erly)
dineren is long like in tree
dikker is short like in dinner
You will discover that some verbs take zijn/ is/ was/waren as auxilliary, while others take hebben/heeft/had/hadden als auxilliary.
There is no hard and fast rule. The one group is called transitive, the other is called intransitive.
In English oft the difference between has seen and has been seen
De hond heeft mij gezien has seen
De hond is door mij gezien has been seen
The special anywhere in these lessons will connect you with the special page with all the different verbs that are of interest to us.
It is not the idea that you learn them by heart, but just browsing through them you'll get a feel for Regular Verbs (Regelmatige werkwoorden) and Irregular Verbs (Onregelmatige werkwoorden)
Het dal is diep
De bergen zijn hoog
Het is eenvoudig
De mensen zijn onderweg
Ze zijn moe
Waarom zijn ze moe?
Ze zijn al zo lang onderweg
Waarom zijn ze onderweg
Ze zijn op weg naar de vrede toe
De vissen kunnen het water niet missen
Wij kunnen de vrede niet missen
De wereld is vol vragen
Timeframe for one lesson?
6 days of 15 minutes is better than 1 day of 90 minutes.
you have to hear yourself !!
The valley is deep
The mountains are high
It is simple
The people are underway
They are tired
Why are they tired?
They have been underway for so long
Why are they underway?
They are on the way to peace.
The fish (es) cannot do without the water
We cannot do without peace
The world is full of questions
My point? Words and lines learned in a meaningful context will be a lot easier to remember
The songs I've used are by and large Classical Dutch Evergreens. Very popular at one time, they have stood their ground and you won't find many Dutch who cannot at least hum along with more than half of them. To give you a foretaste and proof how popular not only these songs still are, but even the artists that performed them in the first place check these links:
Word of Caution :
Learning a foreign language takes effort, but even more so :
It takes time