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Learning Dutch from Belgian guy

hollandflagIt’s been a while since we had our first meeting with Anna and Bryan. Anna is a fellow Finn and Bryan is an exchange master’s student from Belgium who was willing to teach us Dutch language. Not an easy one. belgiumflag

We met back in February or already in Jan, I’m not sure, but anyway we set up some goals (1st meeting) and interest and made some kind of a timetable at and obviously decided to meet for the first lecture. That session was held on 16th of February what was our 2nd meeting.

It was first Bryan’s turn to make some sense to Dutch language for me and Aeoto1nna. He had made these really cool sheets for teaching. We learned Dutch alphabets, how to greet people and of course, pronounciation which is not very easy for a Finn. At least to remember. And to me those hard consonants are quite hard to utter. But it definitely felt like I learned a lot even in that short period of time. In the end of the lesson Bryan told us some facts about Belgium:


* Belgium was founded in 1830
* There are three official languages: Dutch, German and French
* They’re known for chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries (And I’ve tasted all of them when visiting Brussels and they’re the best!)
* A few years ago Belgium had no government for 541 days!
* They have 2 kings and 2 queens


My friend and me having a waffle in Brussels back in the days. I recommend!




Unti next time!

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




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




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




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








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.