Learn Flemish (Belgium Dutch)

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About Flemish (Belgium Dutch)

Flemish, also known as Belgian Dutch - or, locally, Vlaams - is the name given to the dialect of Dutch spoken in Belgium. It is an official language of Belgium alongside French and German and the only official language of the Flanders region. The main difference between Flemish and the Dutch spoken in the Netherlands is pronunciation, but there are also some vocabulary variations, with Flemish borrowing more heavily from French and English.

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Fun facts — Flemish

  • About two thirds of the Belgian population speaks Flemish.
  • Flemish has a very different pronunciation to Dutch - for example, the letter g is pronounced softly in Flanders but is guttural in the Netherlands.
  • There are plenty of vocabulary differences between Flemish and Dutch - for example, the word 'schoon' in Flemish means 'beautiful' but in the Netherlands it means 'clean'.

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