The language of the Netherlands is widely known as Dutch, though the more correct term is Nederlands. This is a part of the Germanic family of languages. It is also spoken in northern Belgium, though the Belgians call the language Flemish. The two countries are working together to preserve their language and refine its rules for spelling and grammar.
About 500,000 people in the Friesland province speak their own language, called Frisian. It is the official language in that province. Frisians are determined to keep their language alive. It is closely related to English: words such as boi (boy) and tolve (twelve) are similar.

 Most people speak English, which is taught in schools. German and French are also widely spoken.

Did you know? 

"That breaks my clog" is an old figure of speech. It's an expression of amazement. The sturdy wooden shoe called a clog (or klomp) is still worn by some farmers because it is waterproof in damp fields.

Here are some Dutch words for you to try: 
English  Dutch
Hello Hallo 
Good morning Goedemorgen 
Good evening Goedenavond 
How do you do?  Hoe maakt U het? 
Fine, thank you  Uitstekend, dank U wel 
Please  Alstublieft 
You're welcome  Geen dank 
What is your name?  Hoe heet U?
My name is...  Ik heet...
I speak only a little Dutch Ik spreek maar een beetje Nederlands
Here's to your health!  Op uw gezondheid! 
Enjoy your meal  Eet smakelijk
Thank you for your hospitality  Bedankt voor de gastvrijheid
Goodbye  Dag 
See you later  Tot straks

Did you know? 

Although relatives and close friends call each other by their first names, co-workers may address each other using their last names, preceded by Mevrouw (Mrs or Ms), Juffrouw (Miss) or Mynheer (Mr).