Dutch phrases for travelers

With these helpful Dutch phrases you can show people you are making an effort when visiting their country. They’ll definitely appreciate it!

In case of emergency

Help! Help! (help)

Stop! Stop! (stop)

Call a doctor! Haal een dokter!  (Haal uhn dok-tur)

Call an ambulance! Bel een ziekenwagen!  (bel uhn zee-kuh-wa-ghen)

Call the police Roep de politie!  (Roop duh poe-leet-see)

Where is the nearest hospital? Waar is het dichtsbijzijnde ziekenhuis?  (Vhaar iss het dikst-baiy-zaiyn-duh zee-kuh-hows)


Useful phrases

Yes/No Ja/Nee (yaa/nay)

Please Alstublieft (ahls-tew-bleeft)

Thank you Dank u (dhank-ew)

Excuse me Excuseer (ek-sku-seer)

Hello Hallo (ha-looh) Goodbye Dag (dahgh)

How are you? Hoe gaat het?  (hoo ghaat het)

Very well Heel goed (hayl ghoot)

I don’t understand. Ik snap het niet.  (ik snahp het neet)

Do you speak English? Spreekt u Engels? (spraykt uw eng-uhls)

I’m sorry. Sorry (sorry)



How much does this cost? Hoeveel kost dit?  (hoo-vayl kost dit)

I’m just looking. Ik kijk alleen even.  (ik kaiyk alleyn ay-vuh)

What time do you open/close? Hoe laat gaat u open/dicht?  (hoo laat ghaat ew opuh/dikht)

size, clothes/shoes maat (maat)



post office postkantoor  (pohst-kahn-tor)

bus station busstation  (buhs-stah-shown)

railway station station  (stah-shown)

tourist information dienst voor toerisme  (deenst vor tor-ism)


In a hotel

Do you have any vacant rooms? Zijn er nog kamers vrij?  (zaiyn er nokh kaa-mers vray)

I have a reservation. Ik heb gereserveerd.  (ik hehp ghuh-ray-sehr-veert)
At a restaurant
menu de kaart (duh kaahrt)

breakfast het ontbijt (het ont-baiyt)

lunch de lunch (duh lernsh)

dinner het diner (het dee-nay)

Food: rare, medium, well done rare or saignant (rare/say-nyon),  medium (medium)  doorbakken (door-bah-kuh)

The bill, please. Mag ik afrekenen. (muhk ik ahf-ray-kuh-nuh)

You can use these Dutch phrases also in Belgium in the Flemish part, because Flemish is a dialect of Dutch with most of the language being the same. It’s something different than Spanish or French, but I’m sure you’ll have fun with learning these phrases!

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SpanishFrenchItalianPortuguese phrases.

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