In this weekly column A dash of Dutch by the Language Centre you will learn more about the Dutch language and culture through video, audio and practicing yourself. This week: verkleinwoorden (dimunitives)



The Netherlands are small. Therefore the Dutch make everything small and use diminutives. But how do you make them? Watch the video.


Listen to the audio fragment

paard – paardje

kast – kastje

pizza – pizzaatje

auto – autootje

paraplu – parapluutje

ketting – kettinkje

baby – baby’tje

raam – raampje

kam – kammetje

gat - gaatje



Which word cannot be made a diminutive?

  1. Democratie
  2. Auto
  3. Pils


Read the correct answer here


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