What do you do if you’re lost in a new place where locals might not speak English? Well, after exhaustively checking your phone, you’re going to have to ask for help. Not to worry, Ling has your back! We’ve created this guide to help you to give and ask for directions in Dutch.
The Netherlands aka Holland, as you likely know, is a beautiful country with lots to see and do. Let’s begin by taking a look at the importance of knowing the local language, some famous places you may need directions for, and then onto how to give directions in Dutch and ask for them too.
Why Should I Learn How To Say Directions In Dutch?
Learning Dutch will not only help you on your travels throughout The Netherlands but will also help you in a couple of other countries around the world. Dutch is the official language of Suriname and the native language of Belgium.
Knowing how to ask for directions in Dutch will take the stress and confusion out of your travels and allow you to explore more easily. Knowing how to give directions in Dutch will make you a valuable resource to someone else who may be lost and allow you to communicate with locals in their own language, which is pretty cool!
Let’s take a look at some places you or others may need directions to get to.
Top 5 Sites To Visit In The Netherlands
Giving Directions In Dutch
What if a local Dutch person comes up to you and asks you for directions? Will you shrug your shoulders or be prepared to help? Hopefully, after you read this article and bookmark it, you’ll be able to give directions in Dutch, even if they’re a bit basic. Better to be able to help a little than not at all.
Also, it’s likely that when you ask for directions, the locals will answer in Dutch. It’s important to understand what they are saying, so study these words and phrases so you can understand more easily.
Dutch Direction Words
Here are some essential direction prepositions to know in Dutch!
Prepositional Phrases In Dutch
These are common phrases to use when helping people find where they wish to go.
Cardinal Directions In Dutch
Of course, it can be easier for some people to understand where to go by using compass directions. It also takes less effort to give directions this way.
Asking For Directions In Dutch
Here are some useful questions you can ask the locals to help you get around and avoid getting lost (kwijt).
Useful Apps To Help You To Get Around The Netherlands
Here are some apps that are favored in The Netherlands to help you get around.
- CityMapper– This app calculates distance, cost, and the best mode of transportation for you taking the headache out of planning a trip.
- 9292 – This will be your go-to app for all things public transportation. It has maps, routes, and departure times for the major cities in The Netherlands.
- SnappCar– If you can drive and want a quick and easy way to rent a car, this app allows you to rent local people’s cars, which are electric by the way, to get around.
- Uber– If you don’t want to drive, let someone else get you to your destination. They’ll have all the directions (hopefully) so you can sit back and relax.
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