• 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]
  • Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch)


    1. Translating ways to say hello in Dutch Score -/-
    2. Translating how are you in Dutch Score -/-
    3. Translating ways to say goodbye in Dutch Score -/-

    This chapter is all about Dutch greetings. Here you will learn several ways to say hello, how are you and goodbye in Dutch. You can use these words and sentences if you meet someone for the first time but you can also use them when greeting friends or family. In this chapter you will also learn something about the greeting culture in the Netherlands.

    Hello in Dutch

    There are several ways to say 'hello' in Dutch. The greeting you use depends on the time of the day and on how well you know the person.







    Good morning


    Good afternoon


    Good evening


    Good day




    Nice to meet you (formal)


    Nice to meet you (informal)

    Leuk je te ontmoeten.

    How are you in Dutch

    These sentences can be used if you want to ask how someone is doing.



    How are you?

    Hoe gaat het (met je / u)?

    How are you? (formal)

    Hoe maakt u het?

    All right?

    Alles goed?

    Fine, and you?

    Goed, met jou?

    I am fine.

    Met mij gaat het goed.



    Good, thank you

    Goed, dankje



    It is okay

    Het gaat wel

    Not very good

    Niet zo goed

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    Goodbye in Dutch

    These words and sentences can be used if you want to say goodbye in Dutch.







    Bye (informal)


    See you soon

    Tot ziens / gauw / snel

    See you later

    Tot straks / later / zo

    Until next time

    Tot de volgende keer



    Say hi to everyone


    Say hi to ...

    Doe de groeten aan ...

    Greetings in Dutch

    a handshake is the most common way to greet someone in the Netherlands.

    The most common way of greeting each other in The Netherlands is giving a handshake. When someone introduces him or herself, he/she will shake hands with you and say his/her name. People shake hands again when they leave and they will thank the person for the visit/present/meeting/dinner etc.

    Family and close friends kiss each other 3 times on the cheeks when they greet each other. The 3 kisses are only common among people who know each other well, but it is also acceptable if someone does not want to be kissed. He or she will give a handshake instead. Most men do not kiss other men, so they will shake hands instead. If you want to congratulate someone with his/her birthday/graduation/wedding etc. you will also give 3 kisses on the cheeks.

    Train your skills by doing the exercises below!