Do Germans understand Dutch? And do the Dutch understand German?
- PontusLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
They are separate languages. There is some degree of comprehensibility both ways, but they are not fully mutually intelligible.
German is a bit more inflected than Dutch.
A common tool for comparison is the Lord's prayer. Here are the first few lines of it in both:
Vater unser, im Himmel.
Geheiligt werde dein Name.
Dein Reich komme.
Dein Wille geschehe, wie im Himmel, so auf Erden.
Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute.
Onze Vader in de hemel,
laat uw naam hierin geheiligd worden,
laat uw koninkrijk komen
en uw wil gedaan worden op aarde zoals in de hemel.
Geef ons vandaag het brood dat wij nodig hebben.
In both writing and pronunciation, many parts are similar. Some parts aren't. Even when parts are similar, word order is sometimes different.
In addition, Dutch and German are spoken with very different styles, which can further hamper comprehension.
Also, people living near the Dutch/German border tend to understand each other better than those who live very from it.
- Don VertoLv 71 month ago
My native language is Dutch.I can understand most written German.
The few times I was in Germany I used the little German I knew mixed with Dutch and people understood me.
- Red FoxLv 61 month ago
Dutch people mostly understand Germans - although without practice they don't speak German. Germans on the other hand need practice to even understand Dutch, since it involves many different ways of pronouncing similar words.
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- jimanddottaylorLv 71 month ago
The languages are similar, and many people know more than one language.