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Dutch verbs + Flemish cities

1 Verbs

In Dutch there are four types of verbs.

  • Sterke werkwoorden (= strong verbs)
  • Zwakke werkwoorden (=weak verbs)
  • Gemengde werkwoorden (= mixed verbs)
  • Onregelmatige werkwoorden (= irregular)

The verb ’spelen’ (= to play)  belongs to the category of the weak verbs and it is relative easy to conjugate. In this lesson it is conjugated in the present, past, future and present perfect tense.

Present simple   Past simple   Present perfect   future
Tegenwoordige tijd   Verleden tijd   Voltooid tegenwoordig tijd   Toekomende tijd
Spelen (=to play)   spelen   spelen   spelen
Ik speel   Ik speelde   Ik heb gespeeld   Ik zal spelen
Jij speelt   Jij speelde   Jij hebt gespeeld   Jij zal spelen
Hij, zij speelt   Hij speelde   Hij heeft gespeeld   Hij zal spelen
Wij, we spelen   Wij speelden   Wij hebben gespeeld   We zullen spelen
Jullie spelen   Jullie speelden   Jullie hebben gespeeld   Jullie zullen spelen
Zij, ze spelen   Zij speelden   Zij hebben gespeeld   Ze zullen spelen

2 Flemish cities


Brugge is a relative small and medieval city and there is a good atmosphere. It can be compared to Tallinn.

Gent can be compared to Brugge, but this city is larger. There is a lot of activity during the week because it’s a student city.

People from Antwerpen consider their city as the capital of Flanders, but the capital of Flanders (and Belgium) is Brussels.

Leuven has probably the highest density population of students in Belgium.

Conversation in German


Our study group met again after autumn break and we decided to train our conversation skills. We went to Koskikeskus and found there a nice cafeteria.

We started with introducing our selves and discussing  about what we are studying.   We told each other what we had done last week and what we are going to do next weekend. So we went trough different tenses while we spoke.

Our teacher told us easier ways to speak. I think one of the reasons why I think German is a bit difficult is that study books usually try to teach formal way to speak. Often not so formal way (when you are talking to a friend) is just enough and would be easier to learn.

We tried to tell our teacher what kind of winter time we have here in Finland and she also liked to know what are the best things in winter (what we are expecting and why). It is good that we all can speak and understand English as well, otherwise Teresa could think that all we are expecting is Santa Claus and freezing snow storms :).