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?
Hello Hallo
Good morning Goedemorgen
Good afternoon Goedemiddag
Good evening Goedenavond
Goodbye Dag or doei (pronounced: doowee)
Excuse me Pardon
Thank you Dank u
Please Alstublieft (pronounced: alst-u-bleeft)
Yes Ja (pronounced: yah)
No Nee (pronounced: nay)
Tasty Lekker
Lovely Mooi
Cosy Gezellig
Entrance Ingang
Exit Uitgang
Open Open
Closed Gesloten
Ticket(s) Kaart(en)