English | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Kunt u me alstublieft helpen?
Can you help me, please?
Asking for help
Spreekt u Engels?
Do you speak English?
Asking if a person speaks English
Spreekt u _[taal]_?
Do you speak _[language]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
Ik spreek geen _[taal]_.
I don't speak_[language]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
Dat begrijp ik niet.
I don't understand.
Explaining that you don't understand

General - Conversation

Standard greeting
Informal greeting
Good Morning!
Greeting used in the morning
Good Evening!
Greeting used in the evening
Good Night!
Greeting used when leaving in the evening/night or before going to bed
Hoe gaat het?
How are you?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Goed, bedankt.
Good, thank you.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
Hoe heet je?
What’s your name?
Asking the other person's name
Mijn naam is___.
My name is ___.
Telling someone your name
Waar kom je vandaan?
Where are you from?
Asking about someone's origin
Ik kom uit___.
I am from___.
Answering about your origin
Hoe oud ben je?
How old are you?
Asking about someone's age
Ik ben___.
I am___years old.
Answering about your age
Positive reply
Negative reply
Filler word to add polite touch
Here you go!
Used when giving something to someone
Thank you.
Thanking someone
Heel erg bedankt.
Thank you very much.
Thanking someone very warmly
Graag gedaan.
You're welcome.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
Het spijt me.
I am sorry.
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
Het is al goed.
It's OK.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Geen probleem.
No problem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Kijk uit!
Watch out!
Making someone aware of a danger
Ik heb honger.
I am hungry.
Used when feeling hungry
Ik heb dorst.
I am thirsty.
Used when feeling thirsty
Ik ben moe.
I am tired.
Used when feeling tired
Ik ben ziek.
I am sick.
Used when feeling sick
Ik weet het niet.
I don't know.
You don't know the answer to a question
Leuk om je te ontmoeten.
It was nice meeting you.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Tot ziens!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

Ik wil graag een klacht indienen.
I would like to make a complaint.
Polite way of starting your complaint
Wie is er hier verantwoordelijk?
Who is in charge here?
Finding out who is responsible
Dit is echt onacceptabel.
This is totally unacceptable!
Strongly expressing your dissatisfaction
Ik wil mijn geld terug!
I want my money back!
Asking for a refund
We wachten al meer dan een uur.
We have been waiting for over an hour.
Complaining about long waiting times

General - Swearing

Dit eten smaakt goor!
This food tastes like crap!
Rude way of showing displeasure with your food
Dit drinken smaakt als pis!
This drink tastes like piss!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a drink
Dit is een schijtplek!
This place is a shithole!
Rude way of showing displeasure with an establishment
Deze auto is een berg schroot!
This car is a wreck!
Rude way of showing displeasure with a car
De bediening is verschrikkelijk!
The service sucks!
Rude way of showing displeasure with the service
Dit is echt afzetterij!
This is a total rip-off!
Rudely complaining about a high price
Dat is gelul!
That is bullshit!
Rude way of showing disbelief in something someone said
Je bent een stomme idioot!
You are a stupid moron!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her intelligence
Je begrijpt er geen drol van!
You don't know shit!
Insulting a person by criticizing his/her knowledge
Lazer op!
Piss off!
Rudely telling a person to leave immediately
Laten we dit buiten regelen!
Let's settle this outside!
Asking a person to fight outside of an establishment