Here are seven (more) Dutch words to learn

We’ve already introduced you to a couple of Dutch words, but it’s probably not a bad idea to know a few more if you want to speak Dutch.

And who are we not to supply you with these gems?

So here we go, teaching you how to speak Dutch in seven (more) words — and no people, gezelligheid is still not one of them.

If you’re not really into watching our video (Why? We tried so hard for you!) — here’s the text version (admittedly, jokes are sometimes better in text.)

Gast – dude

As in “Kom op gast”, “come on, dude.” It’s a fairly simple word, and just like “dude,” the word gast is primarily a masculine word when used in this context. Although gast also means “guest”, it’s more commonly used as “dude.” Alternatively, it’s also used as “guy,” but more in the sense of “oh, remember that guy? Oh, weet je die gast nog?”

Graag – please, gladly

If you’re planning on being polite during your stay in the Netherlands (and let’s be fair, you probably are), you’ll need to know the word graag.

It means please, as in “Yes please” — “Ja graag.” You can also say graag if you can’t spare that extra syllable.

You can similarly use it to ask for a service or order food. In that case, “Ik wil graag een Margherita pizza, meaning “I would like to have a Margherita pizza, please.”

Just imagine yourself asking the waiter with simple but impressive Dutch words. Image: Depositphotos

Graag can also mean gladly. For example, when you say, “Ik wil erg graag naar die nieuwe burger tent”, meaning “I really want to go to that new burger joint.”

In this way, it’s also very common to say “graag gedaan,” which translates roughly to “Done gladly” but is used as “You’re welcome.”

Lol – fun/laugh out loud

For those who speak English, the acronym LOL is nothing new. It, of course, means laugh(ing) out loud. However, for many Dutch people, this acronym flew right over their heads even though they used the same three letters (in the same order) online all the time.

In Dutch, lol means fun. Naturally, it tends to work both ways in most contexts, so it’s no wonder it took my mother at least three years to realise the difference.

In Dutch, one might say “we hebben lol”, meaning “we have fun.” I’m not sure who would say that, but it’s grammatically correct.

Lol might be a little for English-speakers — they’re having fun but also laughing! Image: Unsplash

Just know that, lol, in Dutch, means fun. So no, we’re not always laughing out loud (although we do that from time to time and often while we’re having lol).

Poeh poeh

This isn’t so much a word as a phrase. It’s not easily translatable either. Poeh poeh is probably best described as saying “that’s done now” or “how nice/impressive of you” — but only in a cynical way.

The most important thing to remember is that poeh poeh has nothing to do with the lovable Disney bear or, you know, “poo.”

Sjonge jonge

Much like poeh poeh, this is also more of a phrase. It’s what you say while shaking your head disapprovingly or disappointingly at someone or something.

It’s probably best compared to saying “wow’ with a lot of sarcasm attached. Another thing one might say in Rotterdam especially is man man man man.


The word kut is probably best compared to shit. Except in definition, it’s not a word for human excrement but rather for female genitalia. It’s the most versatile cuss word in Dutch, but it’s not so easily used in other languages.

While normal use of kut includes shouting “Kut!” when something bad happens, you can also use the word directly to swear at someone or be attached to almost any word depending on how creative you want to be.

You could, for instance, call someone a “kut.” Alternatively, you could say “Wat een kutdinges!” meaning “what a shitty stupid thingy!”.

I’ve also enjoyed hearing someone called a “huppelkut”, meaning “a skipping vagina”.

In any case, we at DutchReview recommend swearing with the word “Verdorie” instead. It’s much more PG. Like saying, “gosh darn.” Much better.

Tof/leip/top – cool, awesome

Oh, wat tof, zeg!” meaning “Oh, that’s awesome!” Tof and leip both essentially mean “cool” or “awesome.” Occasionally also interchanged with leuk

Leip is something you would use more when there’s a “crazy” aspect to something. A gast can also be a “leipe gast”, for instance.

There’s also top, which means number one (or more literally “the thing above” — but you can also use it just like tof or leip.

That wraps up this list, we hope you learned something, gast.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2017, and was fully updated in April 2022 for your reading pleasure.

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Noah Bloem
Noah Bloem
Noah grew up in Dhaka, Jakarta, and New York City before finding his way to Rotterdam (and now back to New York again). Despite having recently snagged a bachelor’s degree at Erasmus University College, he is fully committed to postponing adulthood as long as possible.



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