Vocab, Vocab, Vocab!

I’ve chosen a different method of learning Dutch in the run up to my officially classes. This is a two step process for me. Now I can’t remember how I learned to speak and learn English so I am going at it pretty blind.

Step One:Β Phrases


In my first month of the audio course my friends joked about some of the sentences I was being taught. Personally I loved them. A particular favourite of mine; “De boer zit in de bus” –

Of course this is a very useful phrase that every English girl learning dutch needs to know in order to have any standard of a life in The Netherlands…ok maybe its not all that necessary. But I am able to say it confidently and clearly and that makes me proud.


Back on track – I am expanding a list of these sentences and growing in confidence in using them.



Step Two:Β Vocabulary

Every language learning advice I have ever been given is; vocab, vocab, vocab! I am learning vocab in different sections depending on their word type e.g. verbs, adjectives, pronouns. This helps with the revision too as well as learning different types of word endings and what not.Β Screen Shot of vocab list

Once you’ve got the phrases and interchangeable vocabulary you can build upon themes. Obviously this is not the only way to do things and I fully understand that different tenses change the location and spelling of certain words however this is a good way to start and take ownership of speaking a different language and an excellent way to expand descriptions and make little stories.



An example of this:

  • De boer zit in de bus.
  • The farmer sits in the bus.
  • De boeren zit in de bus.
  • The farmers sit in the bus.
  • De mooi boer zit in de grote bus.
  • The nice farmer sits in the big bus.
  • De boer naam is Jon. De bus is zwart. Jon zit in de bus met Sally.
  • The farmers name is Jon. The bus is black. Jon is on the bus with Sally.
  • Sally: “Is de bus groen?”
  • Sally: “Is the bus green?”
  • Jon: “Nee. De bus is zwart.”
  • Jon: “Nee. De bus is zwart.”


All of that from one silly sentence – not bad ay?! By making little stories up it can give you a chance to practice all the adjectives you learn and lets you ask your own questions: how big is it? what colour is it? Who is there? How old are they? What do they look like?


With regards to learning vocabulary and bank words I do have a childhood memory of lying on the floor with a little tuppawear box full of words on little bits of paper in order to make sentences and play around with words. This flash cards also help as part of a test or pop quiz for yourself. I’ve written the Dutch on one side and the English on the back this way I can test my Dutch recall memory and my English.

The picture below will explain it a little better hopefully.

vocab vocab vocab(*I use the cute little TedBaker purse box my purse came in for my birthday to store them. Its the perfect size!)

I am hoping to learn these 220 words and phrases super confidently before my course and add to them as I go along. I love finding different ways to learn things and I am one step away from sticky labelling my entire house with keywords.

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