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: bitterballen



Dutch people eat bitterballen as a snack in a pub together with alcoholic drinks like beer, wine or a ‘borrel’ (liquor’). You can also order bitterballen in a snackbar. A bitterbal consists of a kind of gooey ‘liquid meat’ (hot!)and a crisp coating. Experience the bitterballen adventure by watching the video.


Listen to the audio fragment


Een portie bitterballen, graag.

(An order of bitterballen, please.)

Mag ik een portie bitterballen?

Could I have an order of bitterballen?)

Ik wil graag een portie bitterballen.

(I would like to have an order of bitterballen.)



In which other country does one eat ‘bitterballen’?

a. Germany

b. Denmark

c. Belgium


Read the correct answer here


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Author: Redactie

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