Om de haverklap


We komen om de haverklap een bedelaar tegen

[lit: We encounter a beggar every oat slap]
We meet beggars all the time

De verbinding valt om de haverklap weg

[lit: The connection falls off every oat slap]
The connection breaks off frequently



See also:
Aan de lopende band

Met je neus in de boter


Je valt met je neus in de boter!

[lit: You fall with your nose into the butter]
You came exactly at the right moment!



Hij kan nog geen deuk in een pakje boter slaan

[He can not even hit a dent in a piece of butter]
He is very weak, he has no strength

Ze willen graag boter bij de vis!

[They would like to have butter with the fish]
They wish you pay at the time of purchase



Butter is – like cheese- a very important dairy product in The Netherlands.
In the old days the Frisian farmers produced butter from milk first. Then they made cheese from the rest of the milk.
Especially in the Dutch province Zuid-Holland farmers near Leiden and Delft produced a lot of butter.
Like cheese, butter was brought to the market place by the farmers themselves. It was stored in small wooden barrels for transport.


Koop bij

Als de wiedeweerga


Hij ging er als de wiedeweerga vandoor

[lit: He moved off like the ‘wiedeweerga’ (this word probably refers to lightning)]
He ran like hell

Zoek je een cursus Nederlands? Ga dan als de wiedeweerga naar!

Are you looking for a Dutch course? Then go to as fast as you can!

Say it in Dutch on Valentinesday

Op 14 februari is het Valentijnsdag. In Nederland is dit niet zo’n grote feestdag. Maar sommige mensen sturen een anoniem kaartje naar hun vriend of vriendin.

Hier is de podcast die Say it in Dutch een tijdje geleden heeft gemaakt. Daarmee kun je een paar zinnen oefenen.

heart-1563067_640Je kunt de podcast mp3   downloaden
Hier kun je de geschreven tekst in pdf downloaden

On February 14th it is Valentine’s day. In The Netherlands this is not such a huge holiday. But some people send an anonymous postcard to their (boy-)friend or (girl-)friend.

Here is the podcast made by Say it in Dutch a while ago. With this you can practise some phrases.

You can find the downloadlinks for the mp3 and pdf above.

See also: Ik hou van jou

gaan [6] erop ingaan


Gaan + Prepositions, Part VI

Ingaan op ..

We hebben het hem gevraagd, maar..
Hij gaat er liever niet op in.

 We asked him about it, but…
he doesn’t want to talk about it, he doesn’t want to go into that

Note that this verb is not the same as  erin opgaan! 🙂


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gaan [5] erop afgaan


Gaan + Prepositions, Part V:


(Regelrecht) Afgaan op ..

Hij gaat gevaren niet uit de weg. Integendeel.
Hij gaat er regelrecht op af.

He does not avoid any dangers. On the contrary. He looks them straight in the eye.
(He approaches / goes towards them directly / in a straight line.)

Erop af!


Erop af (boek)


Spreek je Nederlands? .. een beetje ….

… but I need more practice!

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This is for people who are currently at basic language level A1-A2

Practice your basic Dutch speaking skills in a small group
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gaan [4] ermee omgaan

Gaan + Prepositions, Part IV

Omgaan met ..
to handle, cope with

Hij heeft veel zeldzame postzegels, maar…
hij gaat er achteloos mee om

He has a lot of rare stamps, but…
he treats them indifferently, he handles it carelessly


Omgaan met Nederlanders, hoe doe je dat?