Dutch/Example 3

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Beginner level: cycle 1
Voorbeeld 3 ~ Example 3

Leren tellen ~ Learning to count

Hoedje van papier
De zevensprong
The cremerie

Hoedje van papier[edit]

This is an old children's song that involves some counting. It is about a paper hat, but as is not unusual in children's songs it is mostly meaningless. Study the text until you understand it. Then have good look at the video

Eén, twee, drie, vier,
hoedje van, hoedje van,
Eén, twee, drie, vier,
hoedje van papier.
En als dat hoedje dan niet past,
zetten we 't in de glazen kast.
Eén, twee, drie, vier,
hoedje van papier.
En heb je dan geen hoedje meer,
maak er één van bordpapier.
Eén, twee, drie, vier,
hoedje van papier.
Translation • Example 3 • Hoedje van papier
One, two, three, four
little hat from, little hat from
One, two, three, four
little hat made from paper
And if the hat does not fit then
we put it in a glass cabinet
One, two, three, four
little hat made from paper
And if you don't have a little hat anymore
make one from cardboard
One, two, three, four
little hat made from paper

De zevensprong[edit]

Another children's song to practice counting. Make sure you understand the text and have look at the video

Heb je wel gehoord
van de zeven, de zeven,
heb je wel gehoord van de zevensprong?
Ze zeggen dat ik niet dansen kan,
maar ik kan dansen als een edelman.
Dat is één. Dat is twee.
Dat is drie. Dat is vier.
Dat is vijf. Dat is zes en dat is zeven!
Translation • Example 3 • De zevensprong
Have you ever heard of
the seven, the seven
Have you ever heard of the seven-jump?
They say that I cannot dance
But I can dance like a nobleman
That is one. That is two
That is three. That is four
That is five. That is six and that is seven!

It is actually a little dance that comes with seven movements that children perform when they are counting, as you can see in this video

Crimes and Crimes[edit]

The following is a fragment of act 1, scene 2, The Cremerie, from the August Strindberg comedy There Are Crimes and Crimes, as translated by Edwin Bjorkman and included in Project Gutenberg.

ADOLPHE. [Komt eerst binnen; na hem HENRIETTA] Hee, daar heb je Maurice. Hoe gaat het met je? Laat me deze dame voorstellen aan mijn oudste en beste vriend. Mademoiselle Henriette--Monsieur Maurice.

MAURICE. [Stijfjes groetend] Aangenaam kennis te maken.
HENRIETTA. We hebben elkaar al eerder gezien.

ADOLPHE. Is dat zo? Wanneer, als ik vragen mag?

MAURICE. Zojuist. Hier.

ADOLPHE. O-oh!--Maar nu moet je blijven en wat met ons kletsen.

Translation • Example 3 • The Cremerie

ADOLPHE. [Comes in first; after him HENRIETTE] Why, there's Maurice. How are you? Let me introduce this lady here to my oldest and best friend. Mademoiselle Henriette--Monsieur Maurice.

MAURICE. [Saluting stiffly] Pleased to meet you.
HENRIETTA. We have seen each other before.

ADOLPHE. Is that so? When, if I may ask?

MAURICE. A moment ago. Right here.

ADOLPHE. O-oh!--But now you must stay and have a chat with us.


  • voorstellen: to introduce
  • aan: to (addressing)
  • aangenaam kennis te maken: lit. nice to make your acquaintance; pleased to meet you.
  • elkaar: each other.
  • kletsen, babbelen, een praatje maken: chat (compare 'prate' for the last form, although Dutch praten lacks the negative connotation)


  1. The play takes place in Paris, hence the French names and phrases.
  2. Past participles in Dutch often end in 'd' or 't', and start with 'ge'. 'Gezien' is an irregular form, as is its English counterpart, 'seen'.


The vocabulary of this lesson can be practiced at Quizlet (14 terms only)

Progress made[edit]

If you studied the above lecture well you should have

  1. learned how to count from 1 to 12
  2. expanded your abilities to listen to spoken Dutch
  3. expanded you vocabulary a little (by 13 terms)

Cumulative term count

Lessons 1: 226
Lessons 2: 161
Lessons 3: 89
Cumulative total
476 terms