Dutch | Phrases - Travel | General

General - Essentials

Can you help me, please?
Kunt u me alstublieft helpen?
Asking for help
Do you speak English?
Spreekt u Engels?
Asking if a person speaks English
Do you speak _[language]_?
Spreekt u _[taal]_?
Asking if a person speaks a certain language
I don't speak_[language]_.
Ik spreek geen _[taal]_.
Clarifying that you don't speak a certain language
I don't understand.
Dat begrijp ik niet.
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
How are you?
Hoe gaat het?
Polite small talk enquiring about the other person's well-being
Good, thank you.
Goed, bedankt.
Polite reply to 'How are you?'
What’s your name?
Hoe heet je?
Asking the other person's name
My name is ___.
Mijn naam is___.
Telling someone your name
Where are you from?
Waar kom je vandaan?
Asking about someone's origin
I am from___.
Ik kom uit___.
Answering about your origin
How old are you?
Hoe oud ben je?
Asking about someone's age
I am___years old.
Ik ben___.
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
Thank you very much.
Heel erg bedankt.
Thanking someone very warmly
You're welcome.
Graag gedaan.
Politely replying to a 'thank you'
I am sorry.
Het spijt me.
Apologizing for something
Excuse me.
Getting the attention of someone
It's OK.
Het is al goed.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
No problem.
Geen probleem.
Replying to an apology if you accept it
Watch out!
Kijk uit!
Making someone aware of a danger
I am hungry.
Ik heb honger.
Used when feeling hungry
I am thirsty.
Ik heb dorst.
Used when feeling thirsty
I am tired.
Ik ben moe.
Used when feeling tired
I am sick.
Ik ben ziek.
Used when feeling sick
I don't know.
Ik weet het niet.
You don't know the answer to a question
It was nice meeting you.
Leuk om je te ontmoeten.
Polite good-bye phrase after first meeting
Tot ziens!
Saying farewell

General - Complaints

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

General - Swearing

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