The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch. The majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English well and are often fluent in one or two languages on top of that. You can usually get by effortlessly in Amsterdam without a knowing word of Dutch. For those keen to try, learning a few words or phrases will always go a long way with the locals.
The Dutch ‘g’ is normally pronounced mid-throat, sounding similar to the ‘ch’ in loch or Bach.
Helpful words and phrases
|Do you speak English?||Spreekt u Engels?|
|Goodbye||Dag or doei (pronounced: doowee)|
|Thank you||Dank u|
|Please||Alstublieft (pronounced: alst-u-bleeft)|
|Yes||Ja (pronounced: yah)|
|No||Nee (pronounced: nay)|