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What language is spoken in the Netherlands?

In Holland, or as its official name, the Netherlands, have their own language. Within it, we find different dialects, used in different areas of the country. Therefore, in this article, we give you interesting information about the official language of the country, as well as about the other languages ​​that the Dutch know how to speak.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Official language

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch or nederlands.

This language is of Germanic origin and uses the Latin alphabet. It is the mother tongue of around 23 million of people, as it is also used in former colonies and islands that still belong to the Netherlands. It is also the second language for five million people.

The territories in which Dutch is spoken, in addition to the European area of ​​the Netherlands, are the following:

  • Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Marteen (Dutch island territory)
  • Flanders and Brussels (Belgium)
  • Surinam

Dutch has several dialects. In general, the northern dialect group is known as Dutch and, to those in the south, like Flemish, although there are numerous varieties. On the other hand, in Friesland we find a co-official language: the Friesian. In some areas Limburgish is also used.

Here are some basic words translated into Dutch:

  • Hi: Hallo
  • Goodbye: Tot ziens
  • Please: Alsjeblieft
  • Thank you: Dank je
  • No problem: Graag gedaan
  • Yes: Ha
  • No: Nee

In the following video, you can listen to some Dutch phrases and see how their pronunciation is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrF3vfVh-MQ

Other languages

In addition to Dutch, there are other languages ​​that an important part of the population knows. This is advantageous for tourists visiting the country or immigrants who decide to move here.

In the following table we can see the percentage of the Dutch population that speaks these languages:

LanguagePercentage
English90%
German71%
French29%
Spanish5%

In this regard, 94% of the total population is able to speak at least one foreign language, while 77% know two. Therefore, the Dutch have a great knowledge of languages.

If you are thinking of going to live in Holland and do not know if you can work without knowing the language of the country, you should know that for some positions it is not necessary, since, as we have said, a large part of the population knows how to speak English. However, it is advisable to learn Dutch, as it will open more doors and allow you to live more comfortably in the country.

On the other hand, if you don’t know Dutch or English, it’s quite complicated Find a job, so you must have an acceptable level of at least one of the two languages. If you want to study any of these two languages ​​there, you will find several language schools. You also have the option to learn them online.

User Questions

What language is spoken in Amsterdam? And in Rotterdam?

In Amsterdam the majority of the population speaks both Dutch and English. Some even know other foreign languages. The same goes for Rotterdam.

Is there the Dutch language?

Strictly, Dutch is a dialect of Dutch. However, generally, when the word is used Dutch, is to refer to the latter, the official language of the Netherlands.

Is it difficult to learn Dutch?

Most people think it is a language of considerable difficulty due in part to its grammar. However, if you know German, it is easier thanks to the similarities between the two.

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