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Dutch language lessons

We currently make use of three different suppliers for language lessons. Please note that this is compulsory when starting at Fixx iT, the sooner you understand and speak the language, the faster you will adapt to your new environment.

  • Firstly, one-on-one lessons provided by Dutch scholar Bert Trouwborst. 
  • The second option is online via Skype sessions with Veronique du Vivier.
  • The last option is in a classroom format https://www.taalthuis.nl/

Whatever your preference, it will be subject to availability of the supplier. 

Basic list of words

Here is a basic list of words that may help you initially. You can also go to Babbel.com or Duolingo for a quick and free crash course.

ENGLISH/AFRIKAANS

DUTCH

A lot / Baie

Veel

Airtime

Beltegoed

Beef

Rundevlees

Car

Auto

Chicken

Kip

Coke

Cola

Drivers License

Rijbewijs

Electricity / Krag

Stroom

Good evening

Goedenavond

Good morning

Goedemorgen

Goodbye

Tot ziens / Dag / Doei (informal)

Hello

Hallo / Hoi (informal)

How are you?

Hoe gaat het?

I understand

Ik begrijp het

Microwave

Magnetron

Nice / Great

Leuk

Orange Juice

Sinaasappelsap

Please

Alsjeblieft

Pork

Varkenhaas / Varkenvlees

Quick / Vinning

Snel

Regularly / Dikwels

Vaak

Road / Pad

Weg

Thank you

Dank je wel / bedankt

True

Klopt

Tuna

Tonijn

Very

Heel

What NOT to say

Along with the usual universal swear words, the following words are considered crass and shouldn’t be used:

Neuk / opgeneuk

Considered very rude, has a sexual connotation

Aftrek / Afgetrek

Also very rude with sexual connotation, don’t tell stories of “die polisie het my afgetrek”. Rather say “de politie heb me van de weg afgehaal”

SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)

SOA stands for Seksueel Oordraagbare Aandoening or Sexually Transmitted Diseases. You can say SOA in a technical environment but expect a few snickers.

Rukkie / Baie / Verstaan / Vinnig / Snaaks

Commonly used words which won’t be understood by Dutch people

Verskoon my

In Dutch: ‘een baby verschonen’ is to clean a baby’s diaper. Say: “pardon”

 

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Helpful websites

Helpful websites and information for South Africans before relocating to the Netherlands.

Medical Care

Doctors / Dentists / Other Specialists – in order to visit a medical practitioner you will need to register with them first and once done, make an appointment, which will probably not be on the same day.

Public transport

The Public Transport is called OV (Openbare Vervoer). Some of the best in the world. Train, tram, bus, railway and high speed trains enable you to travel basically anywhere in the country reliably.

Grocery stores

There are quite a few chain super markets in the Netherlands and you will soon begin to figure out which one of your local stores will become the favourite!

Other stores

Before relocating to the Netherlands, you should take some stores into account.