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Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Here are some fun phrases for you to try while you're there.

Een bakje troost
Literal translation: a cup of comfort
Meaning: a cup of coffee

Ben je van de trap gevallen?
Literal translation: Did you fall down the stairs?
Often used when someone has had a drastic haircut!

 

Nou, breekt m’n klomp!
Literal translation: Now, that breaks my clog!
Equivalent idiom: That takes the biscuit!

 

Gezellig
It doesn’t have an English equivalent as it’s used to mean a lot of things in Dutch.
It can mean cosy, comfortable, friendly and fun.

 

Hagelslag
Literal translation: hailstorm
Often used to mean chocolate sprinkles, which the Dutch eat on toast!

 

En frisse neus halen
Literal translation: to get a fresh nose
Meaning: to go outside and get some fresh air

 

Ik neem de benenwagen
Literal translation: I’m going to take the legs wagon
Meaning: I’m going to walk home

 

Lets voor een appel en een ei kopen
Literal translation: To buy something for an apple or an egg
Meaning: To buy something cheaply

 

Gipsvluchten
Literal translation: plasterflights
Meaning: This comes from the flights organised by insurance companies for those who’ve fallen over and broken a limb when skiing. A lot of Dutch people go skiing each year and not everyone is a natural at it!

 

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