The best of “In the Netherlands we don’t say…” tweets and memes

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…

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…

Speaking of love and dating with the Dutch, you might want to check out our vid about that one:

Limburg has other ways of expressing their love…

Thank god it’s basically winter now…

The dreaded circle of death…


On your bike!…

Are these tweets not enough to keep you entertained? Check out our best gifs and memes of Dutch life:

Or another few of our vids on the Dutch and their crazy language:

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

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 24 October 2018, and was updated 18 January 2022 for your reading pleasure.

Feature image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

Emma Brown
Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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  1. Since the article is in English… wouldn’t it make sense to translate all these Dutch sentences?
    (And don’t send me links to google-translate… that would be so Dutch.)

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