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I'm finally starting a series I've been wanting to do for such a long time! I have seen a lot of these before and I really wanted to make my own version of it.

I know I'm actually a kpop page, but I love languages aswell. I really want to do my best to provide people free language "courses".

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional teacher, I'm just doing this for fun.

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๐ƒ๐ˆ๐…๐…๐ˆ๐‚๐”๐‹๐“ ๐‹๐„๐“๐“๐„๐‘ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐ˆ๐๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’

Dutch is said to be a very hard language to learn. And as a native speaker, I agree that it can be hard for foreigners.

One aspect of the language that makes it extra hard is the variety of difficult sounds and/or letter combinations.

So before I am going to teach you any phrases or words, I want to go through the letter combinations that may be unknown to most foreigners.

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๐˜Œ๐˜Ÿ๐˜›๐˜Œ๐˜•๐˜‹๐˜Œ๐˜‹ ๐˜๐˜–๐˜ž๐˜Œ๐˜“๐˜š

In Dutch, you sometimes write the same vowel twice after eachother. All vowels (except y) have an extended version.

I am going to show you the difference between the sound of the usual vowels and the extended vowels with some examples.

K๐št (cat) โ†’ The sound of "a" here is similar to the "o" in the American way of saying "got".

L๐š๐št (late/let) โ†’ The sound of "aa" is basically just an "a" as I just teached it to you, but more stretched/longer.

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M๐žt (with) โ†’ The sound of "e" here is the exact same as in the English word "get".

G๐ž๐žst (ghost) โ†’ The sound of "ee" here is pronounced as "a" in "face".

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Gel๐ฎk (luck) โ†’ The sound of "u" here is similar to the "u" in "unwanted" but not exactly. It's difficult to explain the Dutch "u" to a foreigner. I suggest looking for an audio fragment with this sound included.

V๐ฎ๐ฎr (fire) โ†’ The sound of "uu(r)" sounds like "u('re)". But again, it's not 100% the exact same sound.

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D๐จm (dumb/stupid) โ†’ The sound of "o" is like the "o" in "born".

B๐จ๐จm (tree) โ†’ The sound of "oo" is like the "o" in "throne".

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B๐ขnnen (inside) โ†’ The sound of "i" is like the "i" in "hint".

The extended vowel for "i" is "ie" and not "ii".

T๐ข๐žn (ten) โ†’ The sound of "ie" is like the "ea" in "clean".

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๐˜š๐˜Š๐˜ ๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹ ๐˜Š๐˜

"Sch" and "ch" are used quite often in the Dutch language. So it's important you know how to pronounce them.

It doesn't happen that often, but whenever a word starts with "ch", it's most of the time pronounced as "sh" as in "short".

๐‚๐กampagne (champagne)
๐‚๐กocolade (chocolate)
๐‚๐กique/๐‚๐กic (chic)
๐‚๐กeck (check)

However, when "ch" is more towards the end of a word, it's pronounced as a "g". Of course the Dutch "g", and not the English "g".

La๐œ๐ก (smile/laugh)
Na๐œ๐กt (night)
Za๐œ๐กt (soft)
Va๐œ๐กt (fur)

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With "sch" it's kind of the other way around.

When "sch" is at the beginning of a word it's pronounced as "sg".

๐’๐œ๐กaal (bowl)
๐’๐œ๐กaar (scissors)
๐’๐œ๐กoen (shoe)
๐’๐œ๐กaken (playing chess)

When "sch" is at the end of a word it's pronounced as a regular "s".

Russi๐ฌ๐œ๐ก (Russian)
Australi๐ฌ๐œ๐ก (Australian)
Indi๐ฌ๐œ๐ก (Indian)
Indonesi๐ฌ๐œ๐ก (Indonesian)

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๐˜๐˜‘ ๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹ ๐˜Œ๐˜

What many people don't know is, that "ij" and "ei" have the exact same pronunciation.

The sound is very similar to the English word "eye". It's not 100% the same, but it comes very close.

There are sadly no rules on whether to write "ij" or "ei", so you'll just have to remember how a word is spelled.

Some words with "ij":

๐ˆ๐‰s (ice/ice cream)
Parad๐ข๐ฃs (paradise)
L๐ข๐ฃst (list)
Vr๐ข๐ฃ (free as in being free, not as in something is for free)

And some words with "ei":

๐„๐ข (egg)
M๐ž๐ขsje (girl)
R๐ž๐ขs (trip/travel)
Kl๐ž๐ขn (small/little)

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๐˜ˆ๐˜œ ๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹ ๐˜–๐˜œ

Just like "ij" and "ei", these two have the exact same sound.

It's pronounced as "ow" in "now".

And sadly, just like we saw with "ij" and "ei", there is no rule for this one either.

Some words with "au":

P๐š๐ฎw (peacock)
๐€๐ฎto (car)
Mi๐š๐ฎw (meow)
S๐š๐ฎs (sauce)

And words with "ou":

Z๐จ๐ฎt (salt)
M๐จ๐ฎw (sleeve)
๐Ž๐ฎd (old)
G๐จ๐ฎd (gold)

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๐˜–๐˜Œ, ๐˜Œ๐˜œ ๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜‹ ๐˜œ๐˜

I have three more difficult letter combinations.

The first one is "oe". This one is the easiest to pronounce for foreigners. It's pronounced as "oo" in "book".

Z๐จ๐žk (search)
B๐จ๐žk (book)
H๐จ๐žk (corner)
Bez๐จ๐žk (visit)

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"Next up, is "eu". This one is a bit harder, but once you get it it's easy. The sound of "eu" is very similar to the German "ร–".

N๐ž๐ฎs (nose)
R๐ž๐ฎs (giant)
L๐ž๐ฎk (something is fun)
D๐ž๐ฎr (door)

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Lastly, we have the most difficult sound of this entire article. I'm talking here about "ui". This is the only sound which I can literally not explain. There isn't really an English sound I can compare it to.

So I suggest you search this one on Youtube, cause there is no way I'm gonna be able to teach it to you by just typing.

H๐ฎ๐ขs (house)
T๐ฎ๐ขn (garden)
B๐ฎ๐ขten (outside)
H๐ฎ๐ขd (skin)

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