Learn the Dutch Alphabet and Pronunciation (Pronunciation with Audio)

The Dutch alphabet contains the same 26 letters as the English alphabet, although the names of the letters are pronounced differently, which may cause confusion. 

Dutch is entirely phonetic, meaning that every letter has only one sound. So, once you learn the alphabet, you have laid a solid foundation to progress from. Just practice repeating the sound of each letter until you get the sound just like in the audio and then try using it in words.

Alphabet A until Z
LetterPronunciationExplanationExamples
A aahAs in AmsterdamAlaska, Maria, Panama
B bBayAs ‘b’ in boy, like “p” at the end of the wordBravo, Alabama, Lab
C csayAs ‘s’ before i, e and y in ‘say’;
as ‘k’ in ‘cat’ before a, o, u and consonants
Canada, Cicilia
D ddayAs ‘d’ in ‘Dutch’
but as ‘t’ at the end of the word
David, Granada, Ted
E eayAs in “met”Emma, Ted
F fefAs in “Fish”Franco, Cafe, Ralf
G gkhay As in the Scottish loch,
or Spanish jota “khota”
Bach
H hhahAs in “Hand” or “Holland”Hi, Bahamas, Mitzvah
I iie As in “Ink”Iglo, mini
J jyay“y” as in “you” and not as “J” in “Job”Yoga
K kkahAs in “Kiss”Kiwi, Okay, Mark
L lelAs in “Language”Laura, Claudia, Brazil
M memAs in “Moon”Maria, Amsterdam
N nenAs in “Netherlands”New York, Anita, John
O oohAs in “Old”Okay, Hotel, Paulo
P ppayAs in “Poland”Panama, Filipa, Top
Q qkuuhAs in “Queen”Qatar, Iraq
R rerrAs in “Russian”Robert, Portugal, Qatar
S sessAs in “Swedish”Sam, Eskimo, Paris
T ttayAs in “Turkish”Taiwan, Ontario, Janet
U uuuhAs in “Put” and not like “But”Uzbekistan, Lulu
V vvayAs “f”, or as “v” in “voice”Vatican, Bravo
W wwayAs in “Windmill”Wow, Hawaii
X xiksAs in “ComplexXray, Alexandria, Alex
Y yeh-eeAs in “type” or “Yiddish”Yoyo, okay
Z zzetAs in “Zulu”Zulu, Amazon, Jazz
A a
B b
C c
D d
E e
F f
G g
H h
I i
J j
K k
L l
M m
N n
O o
P p
Q q
R r
S s
T s
U u
V v
W W
X x
Y y
Z z

The benefits of learning the Dutch alphabet.

As mentioned, the Dutch writing system uses the Alphabet originally it’s based on the Latin alphabet and has twenty-six characters. 

The Dutch language is closely related to both German and English. A lot of language experts say the language is a combination of characteristics between German and English. 

A language’s alphabet is very important; it is the foundation of a language. So, it’s good for you to learn to master the alphabet. 

Once you know the alphabet you start recognizing symbols and words, and this will encourage you because you see your own progress and you feel motivated to learn more. Even just learning the basics of the alphabet will help you to start recognizing simple Dutch words, and you will feel great!

Also, knowing the alphabet will help greatly with pronunciation, because the individual letters will help you to discover the nuances and complexities that you are not always aware of when you’re simply listening to the words.

So go for it! Learn the alphabet so well that you’re able to recite whenever wherever you are. 

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Knowing the whole Dutch alphabet is a big step towards really learning the language. It will help you to read, get around and talk to and connect with Dutch people. People will appreciate that you are trying to speak Dutch. If you want to learn more common words and expressions, then please check out our other posts. 

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