• 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]
  • In this chapter you will learn some words and phrases that you can use when you want to introduce yourself to someone else. You can use these sentences if you meet a Dutch or Flemish person for the first time and you would like to have a conversation with him or her.

    How to introduce yourself in Dutch

    To know who someone is

    Dutch English
    Wie ben jij? Who are you?
    Ik ben Tom. I am Tom.

    Hoe heet jij?

    What is your name?
    Ik heet Tom. My name is Tom.
    Wat is jouw naam? What is your name?
    Mijn naam is Tom. My name is Tom.

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    To know where somebody is from or lives

    Dutch English
    Waar kom jij vandaan? Where are you from?
    Ik kom uit Amsterdam. I am from Amsterdam. 
    Waar woon jij? Where do you live?
    Ik woon in Eindhoven. I live in Eindhoven.

    To know how old someone is

    Dutch English
    Hoe oud ben jij? How old are you?
    Ik ben 20 jaar oud. I am 20 years old.
    Wanneer ben je jarig? When is your birthday?
    Ik ben op 5 april jarig. My birthday is on the 5th of April.

    To know which languages someone speaks

    Dutch English
    Welke talen spreek jij? Which languages do you speak?
    Ik spreek Nederlands, Engels, Duits en Frans. I speak Dutch, English, German and French. 
    Spreekt u Nederlands? Do you speak Dutch?
    Ja, ik spreek (een beetje) Nederlands. Yes, I speak (a little) Dutch.
    Nee, ik spreek geen Nederlands. No, I do not speak Dutch. 

    To know about someone's family

    Dutch English
    Ben je getrouwd? Are you married?
    Ja, ik ben getrouwd. Mijn man/vrouw heet ... Yes, I am married. My husband's / wife's name is ... 
    Nee, ik ben vrijgezel. No, I am single.
    Heb je kinderen? Do you have children?
    Ja, ik heb een zoon/dochter.  Yes, I have a son/daughter.
    Ja, ik heb 2 kinderen. Yes, I have 2 children.
    Nee, ik heb (nog) geen kinderen.  No, I do not have any children (yet).
    Heb je broers of zussen? Do you have any siblings?
    Ja, ik heb een broer/zus. Yes, I have a brother/sister.
    Nee, ik ben enigskind. No, I am an only child.

    To know what someone's hobbies are or job is

    Dutch English
    Wat zijn je hobby's? What are your hobbies?
    Heb je hobby's? Do you have hobbies?
    Mijn hobby is tennissen. My hobby is playing tennis.
    Mijn hobby's zijn voetballen en lezen. My hobbies are playing football and reading.
    Waar werk jij? Where do you work?
    Wat voor werk doe jij? What is your job?
    Ik werk bij Philips. I work at Philips.
    Ik ben dokter. I am a doctor. 
    Ik werk als boekhouder. I work as an accountant.


    enlightenedTake a look at the Dutch interrogatives chapter to learn how to formulate other questions yourself.

    Now it is time to put your knowledge into practice. Let's make some exercises about introducing yourself in Dutch!