Quiz about Dutch Words False Friends or True
Quiz about Dutch Words False Friends or True

Dutch Words: False Friends or True? Quiz


Since Dutch and English are related languages, many Dutch words look or sound like English words. But do they mean the same thing?

A multiple-choice quiz by Woordenboer. Estimated time: 2 mins.
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Author
Woordenboer
Time
2 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
118,316
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
1945
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This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. Does the word "water" refer to H2O in both languages?

Yes
No

2. Does Dutch 'reis' taste like English 'rice'?

Yes
No

3. Would you call the walls of a house 'wallen' in Dutch (the plural of 'wal')?

Yes
No

4. Is a Dutch 'knie' a leg joint?

Yes
No

5. What is the Dutch word for grass? Hint

glas
graat
groen
gras

6. What do you call a staircase in Dutch? Hint

stap
trap
val
staar

7. Does 'zeven' equal seven?

Yes
No

8. Would you call a happy person 'glad' in Dutch?

Yes
No

9. How do you translate 'life' into Dutch? Hint

lief
leven
vief
veel

10. Which of the following Dutch words refers to a light alchoholic beverage? Hint

brie
beer
bier
breed


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Does the word "water" refer to H2O in both languages?

Answer: Yes

It's the same word, but the Dutch pronounce the A as in wah-wah and don't mute the R.
2. Does Dutch 'reis' taste like English 'rice'?

Answer: No

The Dutch word for rice is 'rijst'. A 'reis' is a journey or a trip. But there is a similar sounding pair of words that does have the same meaning: 'rijzen' means to rise.
3. Would you call the walls of a house 'wallen' in Dutch (the plural of 'wal')?

Answer: No

Both words derive from the Latin 'vallis' or 'vallum' [a palisade], but the Dutch version has come to mean an embankment, a quay, the shore or the walls of a fortress. This word occurs in some famous street names: the plural 'De Wallen' is Amsterdam's red light district, and it has been anglicized in New York's Wall Street.
4. Is a Dutch 'knie' a leg joint?

Answer: Yes

It doesn't sound like knee, though, because the Dutch do pronounce the K.
5. What is the Dutch word for grass?

Answer: gras

'Glas' = glass, 'groen' = green, 'graat' = fishbone. By the way, the most common kind of grass in the Netherlands is English rye-grass.
6. What do you call a staircase in Dutch?

Answer: trap

'Val' = fall/trap, 'staar' = glaucoma/cataract, 'stap' = step.
7. Does 'zeven' equal seven?

Answer: Yes

It's also the plural form of the noun 'zeef' and the verb 'zeven', both meaning 'sieve' - so 'zeven zeven zeven' is a correct sentence.
8. Would you call a happy person 'glad' in Dutch?

Answer: No

That would be unflattering, unless you were complimenting a man for a clean-shaven face; 'glad' means smooth or slippery. A glad person would be 'blij'.
9. How do you translate 'life' into Dutch?

Answer: leven

'Lief' = sweet, 'vief' = lively, 'veel' = much/many.
10. Which of the following Dutch words refers to a light alchoholic beverage?

Answer: bier

'Beer' = bear, 'breed' = wide, 'brie' = a French cheese.
Source: Author Woordenboer

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