Dutch Netherlands

boekdelen spreken

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some People

(to speak bookparts) • Used when something says a lot or is very obvious, usually without actually speaking.

“Hij zei niks maar zijn gezicht sprak boekdelen.”

“He didn’t say anything but his face spoke bookparts.”

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Dutch Netherlands

langdradig

Word USED On Occasion BY Some People

(adj.) • (longthreadish) • Used for stories that are too long.

“Wat vond je van m’n essay?” “Ik vond het een beetje langdradig.”

“What did you think of my essay?” “I thought it was a little longthreadish.”

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Dutch Netherlands

lang van stof

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Some People

(long of fabric) • Used for someone who speaks about something elaborately and for a long time.

“Ik wou even kort bij opa langs, maar ja, je weet dat hij altijd wat lang van stof is.”

“I wanted to make a short stop at grandpa’s, but well, he’s always quite long of fabric.”

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Dutch Netherlands

krijg nou wat

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(get something now) • Used to express surprise, similar to the English “what the hell?”

“Krijg nou wat, dit heb ik nog nooit eerder gezien”

“Get something now, I’ve never seen this before”

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

appeltje eitje

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(little apple little egg) • Used when something is really easy. Comparable to the English “easy peasy”.

“Je hoeft alleen maar de app de downloaden. Appeltje eitje.”

“All you have to do is download the app. Little apple little egg.”

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Dutch Netherlands

veelzeggend

Word USED On Occasion BY Everyone

(adj.) • (muchsaying) • Something that is very telling

“Zijn stilte in deze tijd is veelzeggend”

“His silence in these times is muchsaying”

Confirmed by 3 people

Dutch Netherlands

Hoe verzin je het?

Standard Phrase USED On Occasion BY Most people

(How do you come up with it?) • Phrase used when something is very extraordinary or hard to believe

“Heb je gehoord dat ze nu al weer de loterij hebben gewonnen?” “Jeetje, hoe verzin je het?”

“Did you hear they won the lottery again?” “Little gee, how do you come up with it?”

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Dutch Netherlands

groetjes

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(n.) • (little greetings) • Used as a way to sign off an email, letter or message.

“Ik hoop jullie snel weer te zien. Groetjes, oma.”

“I hope to see you again soon. Little greetings, grandma.”

Confirmed by 3 people

Dutch Netherlands

geleefd worden

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Busy people

(v.) • (to be lived ) • When you are so busy you don’t have time to make your own decisions or do stuff for yourself

“Tijdens de exams week wordt je wel echt geleefd”

“During exam week you are really being lived”

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Dutch Netherlands

koekje van eigen deeg

Expression USED On Occasion BY most people

(cookie of own dough) • To give someone a taste of their own medicine - to do the same harmful or unpleasant thing that one has inflicted on others or to attack in the same manner in which one attacks others.

"Nadat we vorig jaar de wedstrijd 6-0 verloren hadden, hebben we ze dit jaar een koekje van eigen deeg gegeven."

"After losing the game 6-0 last year, this year we gave them a cookie of their own dough."

Dutch Netherlands

voor hetere vuren gestaan hebben

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some people

(to have stood in front of hotter fires) • Used when you have been through worse or faced bigger problems in the past.

"Denk je dat je die hele pizza op kunt?" "Ja hoor, ik heb voor hetere vuren gestaan"

"Do you think you can finish the entire pizza?" "Sure, I have stood in front of hotter fires"

Latin Netherlands

L.S.

Abbreviation USED On Occasion BY Adults

Short for "lectori salutem" - greeting to the reader - used like the English "to whom it may concern".

"L.S., we willen u graag laten weten dat..."

"L.S., we would like to inform you that..."

Dutch Netherlands

lekker

Word USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(tasty) • An adjective or adverb that can be used to describe almost every positive thing, and can also be translated as "nice", or "good". If a person is "lekker" they are very attractive. If an action is "lekker" it is enjoyable and it goes well. "Niet lekker" (not lekker) can also mean sick or crazy.

"Lekker weertje vandaag, hè?" "Ja, maar ik voel me helaas niet zo lekker vandaag." "Jammer, anders hadden we lekker naar het strand kunnen gaan om lekker lekkere wijven te kijken." "Dat zou wel lekker geweest zijn, ja, maar ik blijf lekker in bed liggen vandaag. Ik zou niet lekker zijn als ik in deze toestand de deur uit zou gaan."

"Tasty weather today, huh? "Yes, but unfortunately I don't feel very tasty today." "Pity, otherwise we could have tastily gone to the beach to tastily watch tasty chicks." "That would have been tasty, yes, but i'm tastily staying in bed today. I wouldn't be tasty if I went out the door in this state."

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Dutch Netherlands

moet kunnen

Standard Phrase USED Very frequently BY Everyone

(must can) • Something that should not be an issue or should be allowed. The verb “kunnen” (to can) in Dutch refers to a more broader sense of something being possible or allowed.

“Een lekker wijntje na een dag werk moet kunnen, toch?”

“A tasty wine after a long day of work must can, right?”

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Dutch Netherlands

nieuwsgierig Aagje

Reference USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(curious Aagje) • It refers to a person who is very curious or nosy. Aagje is a fairly old-fashioned girls' name in the Netherlands.

"Mijn moeder heeft weer zitten rondneuzen. Wat is ze toch een nieuwsgierig aagje."

"My mom went through my stuff again. She is such a curious aagje."

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

Gaan met die banaan!

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(Go with that banana!) • It is used to encourage or motivate someone. In English it would be something like: 'go for it' or 'come on'.

“Ik twijfel of ik wel naar die date wil gaan.” “Maak je een grapje? Het wordt vast super leuk. En nou gaan met die banaan!”

"I'm not sure I want to go on that date." "Are you joking? It will be great fun. And now go with that banana! ”

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