Dutch Grammar (Verbs and Time)

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This is the 12th lesson about Dutch verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common 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.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). 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.

Verbs List in Dutch

Verbs Dutch Audio
To drive Rijden
To find Vinden
To give Geven
To have Hebben
To know Weten
To learn Leren
To love Beminnen
To play Spelen
To read Lezen
To see Zien
To smile Lachen
To speak Spreken
To think Denken
To understand Begrijpen
To work Werken
To write Schrijven

Here is an example of the verb “to understand” conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb “to understand” in a Sentence

He understands me Hij begrijpt me
He understood me Hij begreep me
He will understand me Hij zal mij begrijpen


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in Dutch

Time Dutch Audio
Days (none are capitalized)
Monday maandag
Tuesday dinsdag
Wednesday woensdag
Thursday donderdag
Friday vrijdag
Saturday zaterdag
Sunday zondag
January Januari
February Februari
March Maart
April April
May Mei
June Juni
July Juli
August Augustus
September September
October Oktober
November November
December December
Autumn herfst
Winter winter
Spring voorjaar / lente
Summer zomer
Seasons Seizoenen
Months Maanden
Time tijd
Hour uur
Minute minuut
Second seconde


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Daily Conversation in Dutch

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Dutch Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Dutch

English Dutch Audio
I was born in July Ik ben in Juli geboren
I will visit you in August Ik kom in Augustus bij jou op bezoek
See you tomorrow! Zie je morgen
Today is Monday Vandaag is het Maandag
Winter is very cold here Winter is hier erg koud
Yesterday was Sunday Gisteren was het Zondag
Are you married? Ben je getrouwd?
I’m single Ik ben vrijgezel
Would you marry me? Wil je met mij trouwen?
Can I have your phone number? Mag ik jouw telefoonnummer hebben?
Can I have your email? Mag ik jouw e-mail hebben?

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Dutch about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Dutch Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Dutch homepage.

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