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Fun Dutch phrases and idioms

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21st April 2017

Emily Robertshaw

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 a drastic haircut!

 

Nou, breekt m’n klomp!

Literal translation: Now, that breaks my clog!

Meaning: 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 every year and not everyone is a natural at it!

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