How to Say “Please” and “Thank you” in the Dutch Language (Pronunciation with Audio)

Being able to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when traveling or living in a foreign country always goes a long way. In Dutch, that’s alstublieft and dank je

Alstublieft AHL-stu-BLEEFT=Please
Dank jeDANK ya=Thank you (neutral)
Alstublieft (Please)
Dank je (Thank you)

However, like any language, different situations call for different ways to be polite. If you find yourself in The Netherlands or Belgium, here’s how you can handle professional and social settings in Dutch.”

Saying Thank You in Dutch

Dank je, translated literally, means the same as “thank you”  Dank je, is used a lot in Dutch and is polite and neutral in it’s usage. 

There are also other ways to say thanks in Dutch depending on the situation that you are in. We’re going to take a look at :

  • How To Thank In Dutch To Someone Older Or In A Formal Situation
  • How To Say Thank You And Show Appreciation
  • How To Say You’re Welcome In Dutch
  • How to say Please In Dutch

How To Thank In Dutch To Someone Older Or In A Formal Situation 

Depending on the person you are talking to, in Dutch there are two forms of the singular ‘you’: je and U.
U is used as a polite form to strangers, superiors and in general to persons a generation older. Dutch society isn’t especially formal, so you don’t have to be overly polite in shops, restaurants, and similar environments. But if you are in a more formal situation then say: Dank U which also means ‘Thank you‘ 

 Dank UDANK Uh=Thank you (formal)
Dank U (Thank you)

How To Say Thank You And Show Appreciation

To show that you are very appreciative of something and that you are thankful we have a few options in Dutch.

First of all, you can say something that means the same as “Thanks a lot”. In Dutch that is: Dank je wel or Dank U wel.  And remember the expression with “U” in it is more formal.

Dank je welDANK ya well=Thank you (neutral)
Dank U welDANK Uh well=Thank you (formal)
Dank je wel (Thank you)
Dank U wel (Thank you)

If you want to give someone a thoughtful thanks because someone has been very kind and, or helpful, you can say Hartelijk bedankt . The translation of this would be  ‘A heartfelt thanks‘.  For example, if you get lost in Amsterdam and a kind stranger helps you find your way and even calls a cab for you, you may want to give them a heartfelt thanks. Hartelijk bedankt literally translates as that.

Hartelijk bedankt HAR-Ta-luck buh-DANKT= A heartfelt thanks /Thanks a lot 
Hartelijk bedankt (Thanks a lot)

If you just want to remember one simple word to express your Thanks and that you can use in any type of situation that word would be the same as the English “Thanks”. In Dutch we would say Bedankt which means thanks. Bedankt is good in almost any situation and a very versatile expression. 

Bedankt buh-DANKT= Thanks 
Bedankt (Thanks)

How to say you’re welcome in Dutch

The Dutch equivalent to “you’re welcome” has a bit of a different meaning and it means more  “No thanks necessary”. In Dutch we would say “Geen Dank”. The phrase is used much less than the English version.  The Dutch would use a different expression in this situation more often and say “Graag gedaan” which means ‘my pleasure‘.

Geen dank Grheen DANK= You’re welcome /No, thanks necessary
Graag gedaanGhraag Gedhaan= My pleasure/ You’re welcome
Geen Dank (No thanks necessary)
Graag gedaan (you’re welcome)

How to Say Please in Dutch

As mentioned at the beginning of the text the Dutch word for please is:  alstublieft (AHL-stu-BLEEFT). You can use this word in the same way as in English. It can be used with any request, such as: “Een koffie, alstublieft” (“One coffee, please”). Substitute the word Koffie (Coffee) with any item of your choice in this useful Dutch expression to ask for things in shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. 

The phrases alstublieft (and alsjeblieft) are also used when you offer someone an item; at a store, for example, the cashier will say: Alstublieft! as s/he hands you your receipt.

AlstublieftAHL-stu-BLEEFT= Please (Formal)
AlsjeblieftAHL-yu-BLEEFT= Please (Neutral)
Een ____, alstublieftUhn ___, AHL-stu-BLEEFT= A/One_____ ,Please
Alstublieft (Please)
Alsjeblieft (Please)
Een…, Alstublieft (A …, Please)

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Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in Dutch will help you to get around and talk to and connect with Dutch people. People will appreciate that you are making an effort to speak Dutch. If you want to learn more common words and expressions, then please check out our other posts. 

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