Dutch phrasebook

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Dutch (Nederlands) is a Germanic language spoken by about 27 million people world-wide. Most people living in the Netherlands and Flanders (the northern part of Belgium) use it as a first language, while in Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and the Caribbean Netherlands it is widely used as a second language. Historically, French Flanders and parts of the Lower Rhine Region in Germany also belong to the Dutch language sphere, and during the age of colonization it also spread to Indonesia and other former Dutch colonies.
Dutch is the ancestor of the Afrikaans language spoken in South Africa and Namibia, which is mutually intelligible to Dutch. Lastly, it is closely related with other West Germanic languages, such as German (especially the Low German), English and West Frisian, and more distantly to the Scandinavian North Germanic languages.


Differences between Flemish and Dutch in Europe



Phrase list