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Dutch voice over do's en don'ts

Dutch is a West Germanic language spoken by around 24 million people, mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium and Suriname. Standard Dutch also known as ABN (Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands) which means Standard Civilized Dutch is the standard language of the major Dutch-speaking areas and is regulated by the Dutch language Union.

Is Dutch easy to learn?

Dutch is very similar to German, but simpler in many aspects: no declensions, just two articles instead of three, and a much freer word order. On the other hand, Dutch is a little bit more difficult to pronounce because of all the ch's and g's and a few consonant clusters. Our Dutch Queen Máxima is Argentinian, and she learnt to speak reasonable Dutch in what seemed only weeks!

What does a Dutch accent sound like in English?

To most foreigners the Dutch accent sounds like a mix between a British, French, and German accent. German and Dutch accents in English get mixed up a lot but its really quite different. Listen to Zeno's soundsample English with a Dutch accent.

Operating the Panasonic HC-X920/HC-X900 camera

How to act Dutch

Probably due to their Calvinist tradition, the Dutch are a hard-working, sober, practical, bottle-scraping-thrifty sort. At the same time, they are proud of their liberal streak and tolerant almost to a fault. Even so, an old Dutch proverb advises them to “act normal, that’s crazy enough.” That’s why, when you notice an odd habit, it seems so out of context.

About Dutch sayings

Yes, we know. Those famous Dutch sayings aren't too friendly. Double Dutch means nonsense, going Dutch paying ones expenses and a Dutch treat is nothing more than a dinner where each person pays for his own. Not to mention the phrase Dutch wife which refers to hot water bottles........and the worlds oldest profession.

Is Von Dutch really Dutch?

Kenneth Howard was an American artist who made arts on cars an motorcycles. His family nicknamed him Von Dutch as the found him stubborn as a Dutchman (here wo go again) The Von Dutch name was sold to a bussinessman who build a fashion imperium on it, well know from it's Von Dutch Caps. And no, Von Dutch is not Dutch.

Dutch food and habbits

As indicated in the famous painting by Vincent van Gogh (the aardappeleters, meaning "potato eaters"), the main ingredient in old-fashioned Dutch dinners is potatoes, usually accompanied by meat and boiled vegetables. The Dutch traditionally don't use very sharp spices and are very fond of pouring gravy onto everything.

You might have noticed already that bikes are a significant part of the Dutch culture. But you would never suspect how much the Dutch like to pimp their bikes. Not new bikes. We’re talking 20 year old beat-up pimped Dutch city bikes. With a windshield. And three different locks. And saddle bags for the flowers.

The Dutch and their bicycles

Dutch links

2BDutch (to be dutch) is an easy and funny way to learn more about the dutch language and culture www.2bdutch.nl


Looking for Dutch childrens voice overs to voice commercials, narrate movies, games, e-learning etc? www.dutchvoiceoverkids.com


Dutch online giftshop for souvenirs, Delft ware and Dutch specialty gifts.



Learn Dutch online with audio samples at dutchgrammar.com


It’s not a Dutch bike unless it has a sturdy book rack on the back. But the rack is used more frequently for a second person to ride on than it is for books. There is a definite routine associated with riding on the back of a Dutch bike. You have to sit “sidesaddle”- man, woman, doesn’t matter, everyone who rides as a passenger sits that way. And you can’t remain on the bike when it comes to a stop. When the bike driver approaches a stoplight, the rider jumps off, and when the driver starts up again, the passenger is expected to run along beside a couple of steps and only jump on when the driver has picked up enough speed.


I’m not sure if the passenger is required to actually know the driver or not, and I’ve often been tempted when I see a passenger-less bike stopped at a stop light, to wait for the green light and then run along beside, jump on and wait to see if the driver notices.


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