Being able to ask for directions when in The Netherlands, can be useful when you want to go to the city centre or when you want to find the way to other places using public transportation. This chapter will discuss asking for directions, the words for directions and places in Dutch. At the end of the chapter there are some questions and phrases related to public transportation.
Knowing these words are necessary when giving and asking for directions in Dutch.
|aan het begin||in the beginning|
|aan het eind||at the end|
|voor||in front of|
There are many ways to ask for a direction in Dutch, below you will find some of the ways.
|Hoe kom ik bij ...?||How do I get to...?|
|Weet u waar ik ... kan vinden?||Do you know where I can find...?|
|Kunt u mij vertellen waar ik ... kan vinden?||Could you please tell me where I can find...?|
|Mag ik u iets vragen?||May I ask you something?|
|Pardon, alsjeblieft!||Excuse me, please!|
|Dank u wel!||Thank you!|
The verbs 'gaan' (to go), 'afslaan' (to turn) and 'oversteken' (to cross) are used in the imperative form to give directions in Dutch.
|Ga rechtdoor.||Go straight.|
|Sla linksaf.||Turn left.|
|Sla rechtsaf.||Turn right.|
|Ga linksaf.||Go left.|
|Ga rechtsaf.||Go right.|
|Steek de straat over.||Cross the street.|
|Steek weer over.||Cross again.|
|Je bent gearriveerd.||You have arrived.|
|Je hebt je bestemming bereikt.||You have reached your destination.|
When visiting or living in The Netherlands there might be some places you want to visit. When asking for the directions to these places it would be helpful to know the Dutch translation. In the table some of these places are provided.
|het oude stadscentrum||the old city center|
|het dorp||the village|
|het treinstation||the train station|
|de bushalte||the bus stop|
|het monument||the monument|
|het winkelcentrum||the shopping centre|
|het vliegveld||the airport|
|het ziekenhuis||the hospital|
|het museum||the museum|
|het park||the park|
|het politiebureau||the police station|
|het stadhuis||the town hall|
|het plein||the square|
|het restaurant||the restaurant|
|het stadscentrum||the city centre|
|het postkantoor||the post office|
|de grens||the border|
|de haven||the harbour|
|het land||the country|
|de wijk||the neighbourhood|
|de straat||the street|
Since public transportation is commonly used in The Netherlands, it is helpful to understand how you can ask questions and know some phrases related to this topic.
|Waar is het vliegveld / het treinstation / de bushalte / het hotel?||Where is the airport / trainstation / bus stop / hotel?|
|Het vliegveld / het treinstation / de bushalte is in ...||The airport / trainstation / bus stop is in ...|
|Hoe laat vertrekt de bus / trein naar ...?||When does the bus / trein to ... leave?|
|De bus / trein naar ... vertrekt om ... uur.||The bus / train to ... leaves at ... o'clock.|
|Hoe laat komt de bus / trein aan in ...?||When does the bus / train arrive in ...?|
|De bus / trein komt om ... uur aan in ...|| |
The bus / train arrives in .... at ... o'clock.
|Hoe vaak rijdt de bus / trein naar ...?||How often does the bus / train drive to ...?|
|De bus / trein rijdt ... keer per uur naar ...||The bus / train goes ... per hour to ...|
|Waar kan ik een kaartje kopen?||Where can I buy a ticket?|
|U kunt een kaartje kopen bij de ticketautomaat.|| |
You can buy a ticket at the ticketmachine.
|Hoeveel kost een enkeltje naar ...?||How much is a single ticket to ...?|
|Een enkeltje naar ... kost ... euro.||A single ticket to ... costs ... euros.|
|Hoe ver is het naar ...?|| |
How far is it to ...?
|Het is ... kilometer naar ...||It is ... kilometres ...|
|Waar is ...?||Where is ...?|
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