Het kan me niet schelen


Schelen – (verb) to differ, be different
not to be confused withScheel(adjective) squint-eyed, cross-eyed (see below)

Ze schelen minstens een meter

They differ at least one meter in length

Het kan me niet schelen wat je denkt

I don’t care what you think

See also: ‘Het maakt mij niet uit
and ‘Weet ik veel


Het scheelde niet veel of ik viel in slaap
I almost fell asleep

Deze kat kijkt scheel

This cat is squint-eyed


kant en klaar maaltijd


ready to the last gaiter button

Ik wil geen kant-en-klaarmaaltijd

I don’t want a ready-made dinner

Boeken jullie een kant-en-klare reis?

Are you people going to book an all inclusive trip?

Te koop: openhaardhout kant en klaar

For sale: ready-to-go fireplace wood


Dubbel en dwars


Dubbel en dwars

[lit: double and across] Very  much

Ze heeft het dubbel en dwars verdiend

She deserves every bit of it


Het is veel werk, maar het is het dubbel en dwars waard!

It is a lot of work but it is worth every penny!



Dutch Beginners in September 2017

New Dutch conversation group Beginners in Groningen

Say it in Dutch language School is aiming to set up new groups for September 2017.
Ready to join one of our Conversation groups in Groningen? Act now and book your seat through our webshop today.

  • Beginners I starts September (to achieve language level A1 in speaking) >> Book now!
  • Beginners II starts November (to achieve language level A1/A2 in speaking)
  • If you prefer level Intermediate I (to achieve language level A2/B1 in speaking), Intermediate II (to achieve language level B1 in speaking) or Advanced level, please send us an email

We also offer individual lessons face-to-face in Groningen (weekdays during daytime hours) or by Skype (weekdays during daytime or evening hours and on Sunday afternoons).
We can help you prepare for your Inburgeringsexam or NT2 Exam – Programma I or Programma II.
All lessons can be booked and paid through our webshop


A new conversation course Dutch for Beginners in Groningen will start next week: Wednesday September 14th. It is a course of 6 weeks, which you can continue in the course Beginners II in November and December. Group size: max 5 people

Beginners I is the level suitable for absolute beginners, people who do not speak any Dutch yet, or who can understand and speak two or three Dutch phrases but do not feel comfortable to do so.

Beginners Spring 2017

The main thing is that you will learn to speak Dutch! You will learn to tell everything about yourself, your family and your work or hobbies, practice things like questions and answers, telling time, make appointments, do shopping, order in a restaurant, make telephone calls, having small conversations, etcetera. We will also discuss basic rules and vocabulary. You will achieve the basic conversational skills at level A1/A2.

The main thing is: you will talk a lot!


Read more about the course at our website Say it in Dutch Language School


Course of six weeks: € 150,=. Learning material and taxes included

You don’t need to buy any books !

Book your Beginners course now >>
Or Beginners I + II together for 10% less >>


September 2017
(Language Level A1)



Sep 6

20h30 (8:30pm)



Sep 13

20h30 (8:30pm)



Sep 20

20h30 (8:30pm)



Sep 27

20h30 (8:30pm)



Oct 11

20h30 (8:30pm)



Oct 18

20h30 (8:30pm)


Other levels

We have set up new groups on other levels, too! Check the dates >>

Aan de lopende band


We worden aan de lopende band gebeld

[lit: We are telephoned at the conveyor belt]
Our phone rings constantly

Ik krijg aan de lopende band foutmeldingen

I get error messages all the time

loopbandNiet te verwarren met: loopband

zie ook haverklap

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 bol.com

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 sayitindutch.com!

Are you looking for a Dutch course? Then go to sayitindutch.com 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