Flemish-Dutch Pronunciation

We had a meeting on Tuesday after my Finnish class. I had to teach Dutch to Anna and Satu. It was my first time that I taught my language, so I prepared myself. This lesson was about the pronunciation of my mother language. We had a basic conversation and I explained some facts about Belgium. Michael Kloet (form the Netherlands) joined us out of curiosity.

This is a summary of the possible vowel combinations.

Combination pronunciation explanation example translation
ij and ei (ei) ‘ij’ and ‘ei’ are pronounced on the same way ijs

klein

ice

small

Unstressed e ‘Lijk’ at the end of a word and unstressed vreselijk terrible
ou and au ow ‘ou’ and ‘au’ are pronounced on the same way pauw

koud

peacock

cold

ie (ii) riem belt
ui ui vuil dirty
oe (u) poes cat
eu (ö) leuk fun
eeuw and ieuw eew and (iiw) eeuw

nieuw

century

new

aai, ai, ooi, oi, oei aaj, aj, ooj, oj, (uj) fraai

mooi

hoi

moeite

nice

beautiful

hello

effort

And some interesting facts.

  • There are +/- 24 million native Dutch speakers
  • A few years ago, Belgium had no government for 541 days! We broke the record of Iraq (249 days). There was a manifestation organised by students, but it ended up in a festival.
  • We have 2 kings and 2 queens. King Filip I, King Albert II, Queen Mathilde, Queen Paola. Queen Fabiola recently died.

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