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Survival Dutch for beginners
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You might have noticed that often when you call into a Dutch office, the receptionist who answers will reconfirm your name and address using a phonetic alphabet. The phone alphabet is a list of 27 Dutch names, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. When spoken out loud, each Dutch name represents the letter that it begins with. The Dutch Phone alphabet is most commonly used during telephone calls when it is easy to mishear names, addresses and words spoken by callers.

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Letter Letter name Spelling alphabet
A [aː] Anton
B [beː] Bernhard
C [seː] Cornelis
D [deː] Dirk
E [eː] Eduard
F [ɛf] Ferdinand
G [ɣeː] Gerard
H [ɦaː] Hendrik
I [i] Izaak
J [jeː] Jan
K [kaː] Karel
L [ɛɫ] Lodewijk/Leo
M [ɛm] Maria
N [ɛn] Nico
O [oː] Otto
P [peː] Pieter
Q [ky] Quirinus/Quinten
R [ɛɾ] Richard/Rudolf
S [ɛs] Simon
T [teː] Theo/Theodoor
U [y] Utrecht
V [veː] Victor
W [ʋeː] Willem
X [ɪks] Xantippe
Y [ɛɪ] Ypsilon
IJ [ɛɪ] IJmuiden/IJsbrand
Z [zɛt] Zacharias

Kan jij jouw naam even spellen? Can you spell your name?
Mijn naam is Philippe:

Letter van (of) Spelling alphabet
P van Pieter
H van Hendrik
I van Izaak
L van Lodewijk
P van Pieter
P van Pieter
E van Eduard

Kan jij jouw naam even spellen? Can you spell your name? Post your answers in the comments below this Youtube video >

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