• Dutch course for beginners A1
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  • 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]
  • I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings)

    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 Dutch English
    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. 
    schat darling
    lieverd sweetheart
    liefde love

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

    How do you feel in Dutch?

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

    Dutch English
    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.

    Dutch English
    verdrietig sad
    walgen disgusted
    boos angry
    verrast surprised
    bang scared
    blij happy
    blij joyful
    verliefd in love
    zich schamen ashamed
    enthousiast excited
    gelukkig happy, content
    bang afraid
    moe tired
    uitgeput exhausted
    chagrijnig grumpy
    teleurgesteld disappointed
    zielig pathetic
    trots proud

    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. 

    Dutch English
    rustig calm
    saai boring
    serieus serious
    lui lazy
    intelligent intelligent
    mooi / knap beautiful, handsome
    interessant interesting
    aardig nice, kind
    sympathiek sympathetic, nice
    dom stupid
    gek crazy
    verlegen shy
    vriendelijk kind, friendly
    grappig funny
    lief sweet

    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

    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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