Lesson 4!


I’m in a very good mood today, I had a lovely lesson last night at college, my Dutch is coming along well (at least I feel like it is!). I’ve decided to adopt a new mentality with regards to my lessons, possibly a view I should have had from the start but I only really embraced this yesterday. I’m going to use my classes as a way to really practice and meet my needs a little more precisely. I’ve given up my language learning inhibitions and full accepted that I may sound like an idiot but it’s the only way I’m going to learn. After last nights lesson this new method is going to serve me well I am sure! So here is my little review of class 4. Complete with a text sheet AND vocabulary lists. I am much to kind 😉

Everyone in class was late apart from me and another girl. For a long time I was convinced that everyone had made other plans to see the fireworks and just wouldn’t come, slowly and staggered everyone turned up again bar one person. We covered pleasentaries and general catch up conversation. It was pretty clear that everyone had done some practice over the week we had off and I think everyone said they had done the homework which was pretty good too! Our tutor has had problems with her email so didn’t have them all at hand but we went around the room and all read out 2 of our sentences and she was pretty happy with everyone. It felt really good to hear everybody’s sentences too, it just shows that we are all learning things and we are all having a damn good go. Some people wrote more difficult sentences than others but its not a competition. The way I looked at it was, being able to confidently say Ik bezocht mijn familie is just as important than being able to say something like “The lady showed us where the cycle path way and we rode to the beach”. I’m still in small sentence world because I can get them right.


Vocabulary Text 3 could have been my account from the trip I made to Amsterdam this summer. It used up a lot of the more difficult vocabulary and was very clear. I found it nice and easy to understand, it wasn’t full of long winding multi-tense sentences and I must admit I felt pretty confident translating it all to English after she had finished reading it out. The translation practice I did yesterday afternoon helped for me to identify the more tricky words, such as sfeer – atmosphere, that I came across.

The Vocabulary 4 sheet is a nice list with some diverse words on it. I want to talk a little now about the Dutch fascination with stringing 2 and 3 words together to make one longass word rather than smaller ones. If you are a Dutch learner you will have come across this I am sure. On this weeks vocabulary list there are some super words.




Litteral Translation

Fireman brandweerman <fire><weather><man>
Cleaning chemical schoonmaakmiddel <clean><to make><chemical>
Bankcard details bankpasgegevens <bank><card><details
Bathroom door Badkamerdeur <bath><room><door>
One-way traffic Eénrichtingsverkeer* <one><directional><traffic>
Application form aanvraagformulier <ask question><form>
Mirror reflection spiegelreflectie <mirror><reflection>

 *the hardest one for me to say


A little note as well for anyone struggling to remember or find out if a word is “De, Het or Een” check out www.welklindwood.nl you type in the noun and it will tell you what it is! Super useful!

We also covered asking questions too. Turning statements into questions. Here is a few examples showing how to invert the words to turn a phrase into a question. You can follow this principle for everything.

  • Ik eet een appel – Eet ik een apple? (Do I eat an apple?)
  • Hij leest teen boek – Leest hij een boek? (Is he reading a book?)
  • Jullie schrijven het op – Schrijven jullie het op? (Do you write it down?)
  • Morgen is het Kerstmis – Is het morgen Kerstmis? (Is it Christmas tomorrow?)
  • Mijn naam is Linda – Is mijn naam Linda? (Is my name Linda?)


Ontkenning – Denials / Negation

I have covered this in a previous post too, like a lot of the stuff I am covering in class I had looked over in August but repetition is the key to retention! (That’s my A Level psychology paying off).

There are 2 different ways to do this.

  1. Personal Pronoun > verb > NIET > Rest of sentence (this applies to a process)
  2. Personal Pronoun > verb > GEEN> Noun (this applies to an object)


Ik ga naar school – Ik ga niet naar school (I am not going to school)

Wij willen blijven – Wij willen niet blijven (We do not want to stay)

De jongen heeft gegeten – De jongen heeft niet gegeten (The boy has not eaten)


Ik wil appels – Ik wil geen appels (I don’t have apples)

Hij heeft zin – Hij heeft geen zin (He does not make sense)

Ik heb een probleem – Ik heb geen probleem (I don’t have a problem)

We finished up a bumper lesson with a group conversation asking questions in Dutch and trying to answer them as much as we could. I fully made use of this time to formulate questions with the tutor and answer them when given the chance.


All is all a super lesson. I enjoyed it!


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2 thoughts on “Lesson 4!

  1. Hello Maria! Thanks for the follow. You are doing what I just decided today to do and that is to learn Dutch! Haha where are you going to school? And are you studying anything else aside from Dutch?


    1. Hiya! I go to night school in Birmingham, England. I met my Dutch best friend on a school exchange 6 years ago so i enjoyed your post about your exchange trip.

      I’m not studying anything else at the moment. Language-wise I did French at school but decided this summer to learn Dutch rather than expecting everyone else to speak English haha!


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