Dutch Grammar (Questions and Misunderstanding)

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Dutch which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page Dutch Classes.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Dutch. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + “how” commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, Dutch, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in Dutch

Questions Dutch Audio
How? hoe?
What? wat?
When? wanneer?
Where? waar?
Who? wie?
Why? waarom?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Dutch sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Dutch Questions in a Sentence

Can I come? Mag ik komen?
Can I help you? Kan ik jou helpen?
Can you help me? Kan je mij helpen?
Do you know her? Ken je haar?
Do you speak English? Spreek je Engels?
How difficult is it? Hoe moeilijk is dit?
How far is this? Hoe ver is het?
How much is this? Hoeveel is dit?
How would you like to pay? Hoe wilt u betalen?
What is this called? Wat wordt dit genoemd?
What is your name? Wat is jouw naam?
What time is it? Hoe laat is het?
When can we meet? Wanneer kunnen we elkaar ontmoet?
Where do you live? Waar woon je?
Who is knocking at the door? Wie klopt op de deur?
Why is it expensive? Waarom is het duur?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Dutch, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Dutch

Misunderstanding Dutch Audio
Can you repeat? Kun je herhalen
Can you speak slowly? Kun je langzaam praten
Did you understand what I said? Snap / Begrijp je wat ik zei
Don’t worry! Niet stressen / Maak je geen zorgen
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?) Wablieft?
How do you say “OK” in French? Hoe zeg je OK in het Frans?
I don’t know! Ik weet het niet
I don’t understand! Ik snap / begrijp het niet
I need to practice my French Ik moet mijn Frans oefenen
Is that right? Is dat juist
Is that wrong? Is dat verkeerd
Mistake Fout
My French is bad Mijn Frans is slecht
No problem! Geen probleem
Quickly Snel
Slowly Langzaam
Sorry (to apologize) Sorry (zich verontschuldigen)
To speak Spreken
What does that word mean in English? Wat betekend dat woord in het Engels
What is this? Wat is dit?
What should I say? Wat zal ik zeggen
What? Wat?
What’s that called in French? Hoe zeg je dat in het Frans?
Write it down please! Kun je dat voor me opschrijven, alstjeblieft?


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Daily Conversation in Dutch

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Dutch Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Dutch

English Dutch Audio
This Dit
That Dat
Here Hier
There Daar
In The Morning s’ Morgens
In the evening ‘s Avonds
At Night ‘s Nachts
Really! Werkelijk!
Look! Kijk!
Hurry up! Schiet op!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Dutch about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Dutch Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.

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