So we all know that the Dutch language can get a bit wacky sometimes and even some Dutch people get stumped. Imagine how the non-Dutch folk wrap their heads around it! There’s been a trend on Twitter recently about “In the Netherlands we don’t say _______, we say…”, and some are pretty damn funny (got inspired by this one)

Let us know if you can wrap your brain around some of them! Some of them are totally wonkers for non-native speakers, but that’s kind of the point 😉

Here are some of the best:

Sometimes we quote songs…

Looking after your cents is key…

Sometimes we call our loved ones horrible names (by accident, maybe)…

There are other ways to say I love you or ‘close the door’…

Oh, the classic ‘I’m not racist but’:

Because eating is important… (also: toetje : dessert)

Sometimes you just need to give them something to whine about…

Politeness is always really important…


Keep your enemies close and your neighbours closer… And you really need to know about the ‘driving judge’ 😀


When food is life…


There are other ways to express your love…

Limburg has other ways of expressing their love…

Thank god it’s basically winter now…

The dreaded circle of death…


On your bike!…

Are there any others that you can think of? Let us know in the comments!

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