Dutch lesson: Lesson 3

Let’s start with a new pronoun:

We is wij. Here you can use we like when you use ze for zij.

If you want to say: We have, you say wij/we hebben

And doe becomes doen.

But mostly, you put -en after the ik form.

So what do you think We speak is?

1 translation: We speak.

2 translation: We have it and I speak Dutch.

If you want to say they you say zij or ze. But with -en after the verb!

3 translation: They don’t speak English

4 translation: They don’t have it, but she speaks Dutch

Well, a kind of difficult, but useful verb: to need something.

When you say I need it, you say: Ik heb het nodig, so Ik is I, het is it, heb...nodig is need. Nodig is ALWAYS at the end of the sentence. The o in nodig is a bit like in: row, and the g is soft. I’ll try to tell you how to pronounce it.

step one: Say Tsssss, you will put the tip of your tongue behind your theet,

put pressure on your tongue, and let it go.

step two, say K, but do the same as by Tsssss, put pressure on it, and let it go.
now, don’t press, but just let it go.
Do the same thing by a G (a voiced K), and make the sound voiced.

It is not exact how you should pronounce the soft g in Dutch, but it’s really close.

5 translation: I don’t speak Dutch, but I need it.

6 translation: They need Dutch and he is English.

7 translation: We do it, but they need it.

In this sentence, wij and zij are stressed.

This was lesson three,

in the next lesson, you will learn how to make: Questions

Answers to Lesson 3

1 answer: We spreken.
2 answer: We hebben het en ik spreek Nederlands.
3 answer: Ze spreken geen Engels.
4 answer: Ze hebben het niet, maar ze spreekt Nederlands.
5 answer: Ik spreek geen Nederlands, maar ik heb het nodig.
6 answer: Ze hebben Nederlands nodig en hij is Engels.
7 answer: Wij doen het, maar zij hebben het nodig.