• Dutch course for beginners A1
  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • In this chapter, you will learn the days of the week, the months and the seasons in Dutch. These words are useful for when making an appointment or when telling people when you celebrate your birthday. You'll also find some information about Dutch holidays in this chapter.

    Days of the week in Dutch

    Dutch English
    Maandag Monday
    Dinsdag Tuesday
    Woensdag Wednesday
    Donderdag Thursday
    Vrijdag Friday
    Zaterdag Saturday
    Zondag Sunday

    enlightened Unlike the English days of the week, the days of the week in Dutch are typically not capitalized (unless they're the first word of the sentence).

    • De week (The week) 
    • Het weekeinde (The weekend)
    • De dagen van de week (The days of the week)

    Parts of the day

    In this table you will find the translations of the parts of the day from Dutch to English.

    Dutch English
    Ochtend/morgen Morning
    Middag Noon
    Namiddag Afternoon
    Avond Evening
    Nacht Night
    Middernacht Midnight

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    Months of the year in Dutch

    The table below will show you the months of the year in Dutch.

    Dutch English
    Januari January
    Februari February
    Maart March
    April April
    Mei May
    Juni June
    Juli July
    Augustus August
    September September
    Oktober October
    November November
    December December

    enlightened The words for the months in Dutch are similar to the English months, but as with the days, the Dutch months are not capitalized.

    Seasons in Dutch

    In this table you will find the translations of the seasons from Dutch to English.

    Dutch English
    Lente; voorjaar Spring
    Zomer Summer
    Herfst, najaar Fall
    Winter Winter
    In de lente In spring
    In de zomer In summer
    In de herfst In fall
    In de winter In winter

    Dutch holidays

    In the table below the Dutch translations of international, mostly Christian holidays are shown.

    Dutch English Date
    Nieuwjaarsdag New Year's Day 1 January
    Valentijnsdag Valentine's day 14 February
    Goede vrijdag Good Friday The Friday before Easter
    Pasen Easter The first Sunday after the first full moon in spring.
    Hemelvaartsdag Ascension Day 39 days after Easter
    Pinksteren Whitsunday The seventh Sunday after Easter
    Kerstmis Christmas 25 December
    Tweede Kerstdag Boxing Day 26 December

    Dutch holidays

    Beside these international holidays, there are also some holidays that only are celebrated in the Netherlands (in most cases). Some information about these holidays is provided below.

    Carnaval - 6th Sunday before Easter

     carnaval in the netherlands'Carnaval' is celebrated from the 6th Sunday before Easter until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Carnaval is mainly celebrated in the Southern part of the Netherlands (Limburg and North-Brabant). During Carnaval, people wear a weird costume and they celebrate for 4 days. The so-called Prince Carnaval is the mayor of the city/village during these days and is in charge of the festivities. During Carnaval there are many parades with Carnaval vehicles and a lot of beer is being drunk.

    Koningsdag (King's Day) - 27th of April

    On 'Koningsdag' the birthday of King Willem-Alexander is celebrated. On King's Day there are a lot of music festivals, street parties, flea markets and fairs in Dutch cities. The King and his family pay a visit to one Dutch city, in 2017 they visited Tilburg. On King's Day most people wear orange clothes, the national colour of The Netherlands.

    Dodenherdenking (Remembrance of the Dead) - 4th of May

    On the 4th of May the 'Dodenherdenking' takes place. All victims (civilians and soldiers) who have been killed or murdered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or anywhere in the world in war situations or during peace-keeping operations since World War II are remembered. At 8 pm, the Dutch people participate in 2 minutes of silence. The main Dodenherdenking ceremony takes place on the Dam Square in Amsterdam, the royal family and members of cabinet attend this ceremony and it is broadcasted live on national television.

    Bevrijdingsdag (Liberation Day) - 5th of May

    The day after Dodenherdenking is a day to celebrate, called 'Bevrijdingsdag'. This day marks the end of the German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. Liberation Day is celebrated with free music festivals in 14 cities throughout the Netherlands.

    Prinsjesdag (Little Prince's Day) - 3rd Tuesday in September

    On 'Prinsjesdag', the new working year of the Staten-Generaal is opened. The Staten-Generaal consists of the First Chamber (Senate) and the Second Chamber (Lower House). On Prinsjesdag, King Willem-Alexander will give the annual Troonrede in the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The most important plans of the Staten-Generaal for the upcoming year are mentioned in the 'Troonrede'. At 3.15 pm, the Minister of Finance hands over 'het koffertje' (the small suitcase) in which the 'Miljoenennota' (Budget Memorandum) and the 'Rijksbegroting' (Government Budget) are kept to Second Chamber (Lower House).

    Sinterklaas - 5th of December

    dutch celebration sinterklaas'Sinterklaas' is an annual celebration for children. Sinterklaas is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas. In mid-November Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten "arrive" by steamboat in The Netherlands, saying that they come from Spain. After this, there is a parade through the town. During this parade Sinterklaas usually rides his white horse (called Amerigo) while Zwarte Piet hands out candy (kruidnoten and marsepein) to children. In the period leading up to Sinterklaasavond children place their shoe at the fireplace since the story goes that Sinterklaas rides with his horse over rooftops to deliver presents to children through the chimney. On the 5th of December it is Sinterklaasavond, during this evening presents are exchanged among families.


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