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I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings)

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This chapter will explain you how to express 'gevoelens' (feelings) and 'emoties' (emotions) in Dutch. This chapter consists of some examples of the verb 'houden van' in Dutch, questions you can ask to know how someone is feeling, a list of emotions, and personality traits. 

I love in Dutch

In the Dutch language 'houden van' (to love) and 'leuk vinden' (to like) can be used for both people and objects. However, when you say 'Ik hou van jou.' (I love you.) is different than 'Ik vind je leuk.' (I like you.). 

The table below will show example sentences that can be used to express loving and liking someone or something and words related to love.

Expressing loving/liking in DutchEnglish
Ik hou van jou.I love you.
Jij houdt van appels.You love apples.
Ik vind je leuk.I like you.
Je vindt voetballen leuk.You like to play soccer. 
Zij is verliefd op hem.She is in love with him. 
schatdarling
lieverdsweetheart
liefdelove

enlightened'Houden van' (to love) can be used to express how much you like something, or how much you love someone. 

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How do you feel in Dutch?

The table below shows some examples of how to ask how someone is feeling. 

DutchEnglish
Hoe gaat het?How are you?
Hoe voel je je?How do you feel? (informal)
Hoe voelt u zich?How do you feel? (formal)
Gaat het?Are you ok? 
Wat is er?What's wrong? (informal)

List of emotions

The list below shows you possible answers for the question 'Hoe voel je je?' (How do you feel?). In Dutch the verb 'zijn' (to be) is used when talking about emotions, unless the emotion can be used as a verb. Also the verb 'voelen' (to feel) can be used to answer the question.

DutchEnglish
verdrietigsad
walgendisgusted
boosangry
verrastsurprised
bangscared
blijhappy
blijjoyful
verliefdin love
zich schamenashamed
enthousiastexcited
gelukkighappy, content
bangafraid
moetired
uitgeputexhausted
chagrijniggrumpy
teleurgestelddisappointed
zieligpathetic
trotsproud

enlightenedA Dutch verb always ends in '-en', so 'walgen' and 'zich schamen' are verbs in this list.

Example sentences

  • Ik ben moe. (I am tired.)
  • Hij walgt. (He is disgusted.)
  • Zij is blij. (She is happy.)
  • Wij zijn verliefd. (We are in love.)
  • Jullie zijn nerveus. (You are nervous.)

Personality traits

When the question 'Wat voor persoon is ...?' (What kind of person is ...?) is asked, the Dutch may use the following words to describe someone's personality traits. The verb 'zijn' (to be) is applied when talking about personality traits. 

DutchEnglish
rustigcalm
saaiboring
serieusserious
luilazy
intelligentintelligent
mooi / knapbeautiful, handsome
interessantinteresting
aardignice, kind
sympathieksympathetic, nice
domstupid
gekcrazy
verlegenshy
vriendelijkkind, friendly
grappigfunny
liefsweet

Example answers

  • Ik ben verlegen. (I am shy.)
  • Zij is aardig. (She is nice.)
  • Hij is lui. (He is lazy.)
  • Wij zijn gek. (We are crazy.)
  • Jullie zijn mooi / knap. (You are beautiful.)

Train your skills by doing the exercises below!


Exercises

  1. Translate words about love to Dutch
  2. Exercise feelings in Dutch
  3. Fill in the Dutch emotions and feelings vocabulary
  4. Fill in the Dutch personality traits

Translate words about love to Dutch


Exercise feelings in Dutch


Fill in the Dutch emotions and feelings vocabulary


Fill in the Dutch personality traits


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