In need of a giggle? This American comedian perfectly explains the hilarity of learning Dutch

Ever done a double-take when someone yells “kijk uit!”? Or do Dutch names still tickle you? Michelle Buteau knows the struggle. 

Dutch is a wonderful and diverse language, but when learning to speak it, it’s hard not to laugh sometimes — whether it’s the absurdly long words that you’ll never be able to pronounce no matter how many times you practice in the mirror, or you still stifle a chuckle when someone exclaims “helaas pindakaas”.

Michele Buteau expresses this perfectly in her Netflix special “Welcome to Buteaupia”. As she explains, she married a Dutchman and has found herself on the steep learning curve that we expats know all too well.

From Jewish slurs being normal words in Dutch to having verbs to describe damaging your nether regions, in this clip she tells us the struggles of loving a Dutchie and learning their language. We hope it gives you a giggle, it certainly brought a smile to our faces. 😂

READ MORE | Need a laugh? Watch this hilarious clip of John Cleese talking about the Dutch

Are there any other Dutch words that you find side-splittingly funny? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: Screenshot from video on YouTube
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2021, and was fully updated in November 2021 for your reading pleasure.

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.

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