Dutch Netherlands and Belgium

aan de slag

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(on the battle) • Phrase used to encourage others to start something that needs to be done.

"Oké jongens, aan de slag! We hebben niet veel tijd meer."

"Okay guys, let's get to work! We don't have much time left."

Dutch Netherlands

voorpret

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(n.) • (beforefun) • The joy you experience in anticipation of something fun. Often used in combination with the word "dikke" (thick or fat).

"Heb je zin in de vakantie" "Ja man, ik heb dikke voorpret"

"Are you excited about your vacation?" "Yes man, I am having thick beforefun"

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

het zekere voor het onzekere nemen

Expression USED On Occasion BY Most People

(to take the certain before the uncertain) • To take the safest option

“Moet ik m’n jas meenemen of zal ik ‘m hier laten?” “Ik zou het zekere voor het onzekere nemen”

“Should I take my jacket or should I leave it here?” “I would take the certain before the uncertain”

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

Joost mag het weten

Expression USED On Occasion BY some people

(Joost may know it) • Used when you have no idea and also have no intention of finding out.

"Wie mijn vader nu weer aan het daten is, Joost mag het weten"

"Who my dad is dating right now, Joost may know"

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

oh gunst

Interjection USED On Occasion BY older people

(oh favor) • Used as a posh interjection as something along the lines of "Oh dear".

"Oh gunst, wat heeft ze een mooie jurk aan!"

"Oh dear, look at that beautiful dress she is wearing"

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

nagenieten

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(v.) • (to afterenjoy) • It means to take enjoyment in something after the fact, when something is not yet a distant memory. It’s generally used when you come home from for example a vacation, concert, and you are still feeling the enjoyment.

“Hoe was de vakantie?” “Heel fijn, ik ben nog lekker aan het nagenieten”

“How was your vacation?” “Very nice, I’m still afterenjoying”

Confirmed by 3 people

Dutch Netherlands

dat verteld het verhaal niet

Expression USED On Occasion BY some people

(that the story doesn't tell) • Used when you are telling something and someone asks a question you don't have the answer to.

"Mijn moeder is een keertje wezen skydiven." "Vond ze het leuk?" "Dat verteld het verhaal niet"

"My mom went skydiving once" "Did she like it?" "That the story doesn't tell"

Dutch Netherlands

mooi meegenomen

Expression USED Frequently BY everyone

(nice taken with you) • Something that is a nice bonus or extra.

"Ik zoek iemand die me dit weekend kan helpen met klussen. Ervaring is mooi meegenomen."

"I'm looking for someone who can help me with odd jobs this weekend. Experience is a bonus."

Confirmed by 3 people

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Dutch Netherlands

ginnegappen

Word USED On Rare Occasion BY some people

To fool around laughingly, often in a childish or unhanded way.

Het is erg vervelend als andermans kinderen de hele dag lopen te ginnegappen.

It's very annoying when other peoples kids are fooling around for the whole day.

Dutch Netherlands

Wat is wijsheid?

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Some people

(What is wisdom?) • Used when you are not sure what the right thing to do is.

"Moet ik de nieuwe baan aannemen, of gewoon bij m'n oude blijven?" "Tsja, wat is wijsheid?"

"Should I take the new job or stay at my current one?" "Well, what is wisdom?"

Confirmed by 4 people

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Dutch Netherlands

nietwaar

Word USED Frequently BY many people

(nottrue) • Used at the end of a sentence to ask for confirmation, like the English use of "right".

"Het is lekker weer vandaag, nietwaar?"

"The weather is great today, nottrue?"

Confirmed by 9 people

West Frisian Friesland, Netherlands

poppeslok

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(babysip) • It's when you go to visit a newborn.

"Wy gjinne op poppeslok by Amarens en Bouwe."

"We are going to visit Amarens and Bouwe to see their newborn."

Confirmed by 7 people

Dutch Netherlands

moedervlek

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(n.) • (mother's stain) • The word for "birthmark".

"Als die moedervlek nog groter wordt, kan je beter naar de dokter gaan."

"If that mother's stain gets any bigger, you'd better go to the doctor."

Confirmed by 4 people

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Dutch Netherlands

dat is vet

Slang USED On Occasion BY Young People

(that is fat) • Way of saying “that’s cool”.

“Wauw hij heeft nieuwe schoenen, dat is vet!”

“Wow he has new shoes, that is fat!”

Confirmed by 5 people

Dutch Netherlands

komkommertijd

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(n.) • (cucumbertime) • Used to refer to the time of the year (around summer) when not much is happening and the media starts reporting silly and uninteresting stories

“Man red kat uit boom? Is het weer komkommertijd?”

“Man saves cat from tree? Is it cucumbertime again?”

Confirmed by 3 people

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Dutch Netherlands

dat zegt me niks

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(that says me nothing) • Way of saying something doesn’t sound familiar or doesn’t “ring a bell”

“Ken je dit?” “Nee, zegt me niks.”

“Do you know this?” “No, it says me nothing.”

Confirmed by 6 people

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Dutch Netherlands

dag

Word USED Very frequently BY Most People

(n.) • (day) • Short for "goedendag" "goodday" and is used to say both "hello" and "good-bye".

"Dag Marja! Alles goed?" "Ja prima, maar ik moet er nu weer vandoor" "Oké, dag" "Dag!"

"Day Marja! Everything okay?" "Yes, fine, but I have to run" "Okay, day" "Day!"

Confirmed by 7 people

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Dutch Netherlands

grapje

Word USED Very frequently BY Young people

(little joke) • Used as something between “just kidding” and “nevermind”, when something you just said wasn’t serious or isn’t relevant anymore.

“Heb jij mijn sleutels? Ik kan ze niet vinden. Oh wacht, grapje, ik heb ze al.”

“Do you have my keys? I can’t find them. Oh wait, little joke, I have them right here.”

Confirmed by 5 people

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Dutch Netherlands

is ook zo

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most People

(is also so) • Used when you are reminded of something, kind of like the English "that's right".

"Dus dan zie ik je morgen?" "Nee, morgen moet ik naar de tandarts." "Is ook zo."

"So I'll see you tomorrow?" "No, tomorrow I have to go to the dentist." "Is also so."

Confirmed by 4 people

Dutch Netherlands

sprekend lijken op

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(to look speaking on ) • Looking a lot like.

“Wow, jij lijkt echt sprekend op je moeder.”

“Wow, you look speaking on your mother.”

Confirmed by 4 people