A few Facts and Figures about Dutch

Published 2nd August 2011
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A few Facts and Figures about Dutch

We hardly ever talk about Dutch! I have a friend finishing her degree with me who comes from the Netherlands. She always tells me interesting things about this language, so this is for you Daina!

First of all, I was quite surprised when I discovered that Dutch is actually spoken by quite a lot of people, around 23 million in total! Most of them are based in the Netherlands. There are also those coming from the Flanders in Belgium as well as Suriname in South America, Indonesia and South Africa, which were former Dutch colonies. The first three countries of this group are part of the Taalunie, a Dutch language union. Have a look at the website if you are interested in knowing how many universities in the world offer Dutch programmes!

Also, you might have heard the word Flemish. This term comprises the versions of Dutch that are spoken in Belgium, but this word is sometimes used to distinguish them from those spoken in the Netherlands. In addition, as the Dutch themselves migrated at some point, they created very big communities in the US, so until the beginning of the 20th century, Dutch was spoken among the descendants from those early immigrants, especially in New Jersey.

And finally, why not give a go to this really interesting language by trying the BBC website? You have some simple words and sentences in Dutch, with their translation into English, as well as the possibility to hear the correct pronunciation. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

Niederländisch

Wir sprechen kaum über niederländisch. Ich habe eine Freundin, die mit mir ihr Studium beendet und die aus den Niederlanden kommt. Sie erzählt mir immer ziemlich interessante Dinge über diese Sprache, also das ist für dich Daina!

Zuerst, ich war sehr überrascht als ich herausgefunden habe. Dass niederländisch wirklich von vielen Menschen gesprochen wird, von ungefähr 23 Millionen insgesamt. Viele von ihnen stammen aus den Niederlanden. Aber es gibt welche, die aus Flandern in Belgien kommen, genau wie aus Suriname in Südamerika, Indonesien und Südamerika, die ehemalige Kolonien der Niederlanden sind. Die ersten drei Länder dieser Gruppe sind Teil von Taalunie, einer niederländischen Sprachunion. Schau doch mal auf die Website falls du daran interessiert bist wie viele Universitäten auf der Welt niederländische Kurse anbieten.

Vielleicht hast du auch schon das Wort Flämisch gehört. Dieser Ausdruck umfasst die Varianten Niederländisch, die in Belgien gesprochen werden. Manchmal wird dieses Wort aber auch verwendet um sie von denen, die in den Niederlanden gesprochen werden, zu unterscheiden. Hinzu kommt noch, dass als die Niederländer auswanderten, große Gemeinschaften in den Vereinigten Staaten gründeten. Dadurch wurde, bis zum Beginn des 20. Jahrhundert, Niederländisch von vielen Nachkommen dieser frühren Immigranten, vorallem in New Jersey, gesprochen.

Und zum Schluss, warum probierst du es nicht mal mit dieser Sprache, indem du mal auf diese Seite der BBC Website gehst? Dort hast du einfache Wörter und Sätze mit einer englischen Übersetzung und außerdem die Möglichkeit die richtige Aussprache zu hören. Probier es aus und lass uns wissen was du darüber denkst!

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