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Formal is the seventeenth (assuming left to right) skill in the Dutch language tree. In this lesson, the learner of Dutch is fully introduced to the Dutch system of formality.

Grammar Notes[]

It is a common mistake among Dutch people to capitalize "u." This is not technically correct; the only time you would capitalize it would be if you are addressing a deity. Implying someone's a deity might be taking it a bit too far.


Lesson 1[]

  • u = you (formal)
  • uw = your (formal)
  • alstublieft = please
  • meneer = Mr. / Sir
  • mevrouw = Mrs./Ms. / Ma'am
  • dank u wel = thank you very much (formal)


Duolingo Lesson: www.duolingo.com/skill/dn/Formal