Heading to the Netherlands or one of the other five countries that speak Dutch? Then it’s important to learn some basic Dutch phrases. Among the most common phrases to learn is how are you in Dutch. Using this phrase will help you to connect with new or old Dutch friends and help you to strengthen bonds. Although, there are some things to be aware of before you go around asking everyone ‘How are you?’ in Dutch.
The first thing you’ll learn about in this article is the cultural norms expected in most situations when greeting people, how to ask people how they are doing in Dutch in formal and informal situations, and how to respond when people ask you how you are and other related vocabularies.
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Dutch Pleasantries And Culture
There is a big difference between the culture of The Netherlands and those in North America, Australia, or the UK. Even most English speakers around the world are taught a certain cultural norm, which turns out isn’t so common after all everywhere in the world.
That cultural norm is to ask “how are you?” as a general greeting. This phrase is so overused that it’s become more of a greeting and one that we don’t truly expect a real response to. In fact, a single word, “Good,” or a thumbs up, will suffice as a polite response.
When you learn Dutch, you’ll find that asking how are you in Dutch is never used as a greeting. Instead, this question is regarded with respect, and most people would never ask it without being heartfelt and prepared to listen to your response, which would be in-depth. A couple-word answer or thumbs up would be rude!
In The Netherlands, you would reserve asking people this question for times when it’s important and meaningful. In other words, don’t ask unless you genuinely want to know.
So, when the time comes, how do you ask someone how they are doing in the Dutch language?
Quick Dutch Grammar Lesson: Using “You”
The Dutch, like the Germans, have formal and informal pronouns for ‘you.’ It’s important to know when to use u or jij/je when asking how are you. It will be your decision to opt for either based upon whom you’re speaking with and the given situation.
- When to use u
It would help if you used u within a professional environment when extra respect is due and with people with distinction and status.
- When to use jij or je
This pronoun is used within casual environments. You would use jij or je with close family, friends, and coworkers.
How To Say How Are You in Dutch In A Formal Way
When speaking with a professor, teacher, lawyer, boss, or a stranger you’ve just met, these are the two most commonly used ways to ask a formal how are you in Dutch:
Other Ways To Ask How Are You In Dutch Formally
- Goedemorgen Dhr Jansen, hoe gaat het met u vandaag?
English: Good morning, Mr. Jansen. How are you today?
- hoe is het vandaag met u?
English: How are you doing today?
How To Ask How Are You In Dutch Informally
Here are the two most common informal Dutch phrases to ask how are you in Dutch:
Hoe gaat het roughly translates to how’s it going? It’s considered a casual way to inquire how someone is and is used as a conversation starter or in small talk. Along winded explanation is not expected if you’re asked this. On the other hand, Hoe gaat het me je? roughly translates to are you ok? This can be used casually or to incite a deeper, more meaningful answer.
Other Ways To Ask How Someone Is Doing In Dutch Informally
How To Respond To How Are You In Dutch
Other Basic Phrases And Sayings In Dutch You Need To Know
During your travels to a Dutch-speaking nation, you’ll find it useful to know the following common vocabulary and phrases to help you in various ways to navigate the Dutch culture:
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