More than 20 million people speak Dutch as their native language. It is the official language of the Netherlands and its overseas territories, and is one of the official languages of Belgium, Suriname, and the European Union. Dutch speakers can also communicate with over 5 million speakers of Afrikaans, a daughter language of Dutch, spoken in South Africa and Namibia.
Dutch Learning Tips
Dutch pronunciation and spelling follow logical patterns.
In Dutch, a system of accent marks determines the pronunciation of certain letters.
There are two main categories of Dutch nouns, common and neuter. Common nouns consist of feminine and masculine words.
Almost all Dutch nouns can be turned into a diminutive, a word that denotes smallness, by adding a ‘-je’ ending.
Dutch has strict rules for the positions of verbs, subjects, and objects. These rules determine when the subject is positioned before or after the verb.
Dutch has both formal and informal ways to address others, depending on the age of the speaker and the relationship to the person being addressed.