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 bonkers for non-native speakers, but that’s kind of the point 😉
Here are some of the best:
Sometimes we quote songs…
In the netherlands we don’t say “i love you” we say “jij moet mee naar diemen zuid want je ziet er lekker uit” and i think that’s beautiful
— (ﾉ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ﾉ 🍂🍁🎃 (@meisjestatta) 21 november 2017
Looking after your cents is key…
In the Netherlands they don’t simply say “I miss you” but “ik krijg nog 55 cent van je wil je dat even overmaken”. I think that’s very beautiful.
— Jacob Joseph Eliza Maria (@Jachalz) 18 november 2017
Sometimes we call our loved ones horrible names (by accident, maybe)…
In the Netherlands we sometimes call our loved ones “Poepje”, which means “Piece of shit” what a beautiful language
— Evævæva (@rampzaligheid) 23 mei 2017
There are other ways to say I love you or ‘close the door’…
In the Netherlands we don’t say: “I Love you”. We say: “doe die deur achter je kont dicht” and I think that is really beautiful. 💕