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Some good Dutch words

Bad Dutch words — cursing is unpopular in the Netherlands....

"De" and "het" — two Dutch words for "the"...

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Geweldig" — "fabulous," "fantastic," "terrific" (not "violent" [except sometimes]) ...

Alstublieft — a hyper-polite word; socially useful...

• Basilicum — basil

Gedogen — active tolerance...

Landwinning translates into English as "reclamation." The English word, though, is a misnomer — especially as applied to the Dutch practice of making dry land. That is not reclamation. That is land-winning.

Peperduur — "as expensive as pepper"...

Roepnaam — your informal personal name...

• "Toch" serves as an all-purpose affirmation request.   It implies (but does not insist) that the accompanying statement is agreeable.

• Toen — "when," in the past tense.
  When speaking in present or future tenses, one says "wanneer." When of the past, one speaks of "toen ik in Amersfoort ging wonen" — when I went to live in Amersfoort.
• Vanzelfsprekend — self-evident. Literally, "from self-speaking."

Verwerken — to process thought...

Wel — "indeed is..."


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