WikiWoordenboek:Welcome to our foreign guests

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The language of this wiktionary is Dutch, but that certainly does not mean that people with a different mother tongue and limited or zero knowledge of our language are any less welcome here! In fact we the users (gebruikers) are hoping that you share some of your knowledge with us and we will gladly correct any mistakes you make (although we hope you do not keep making the same ones over and over of course!).


Dutch (ISO 639-3: nld) is a West-Germanic language closely related to English, Frisian, Afrikaans and German. It is spoken by some 25 million people and is the official language of the Netherlands and Suriname. It is also one of the official languages of Belgium (spoken in Flanders, the northern half of Belgium, and the Brussels region). It has been an official language of the European Union and its predecessors since the Treaty of Rome in 1956.

Dutch spelling is regulated by an intergovernmental body instituted by the governments of the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname. It is known as the Taalunie.

In which way can I contribute?[bewerken]

Our foreign guests regularly make many useful contributions here like translations, conjugations, declensions and examples in their mother tongue or any other they feel comfortable in. One contribution we particularly appreciate is your ability to add information on the pronunciation of your mother tongue either in IPA or with a sound file (e.g. in .ogg format). (Because such files can be used by many wikis, it would be more efficient to upload them at commons rather than here)

What format are you using here?[bewerken]

The Dutch Wiktionary (WikiWoordenboek) uses quite a few standardized templates, including ISO 639 templates for languages. We have standardized to ISO 639-3 templates (three letter codes).

Most of our templates look pretty international (like -noun- for noun, rather than -z.nw- for zelfstandig naamwoord). This is deliberate to make it easier for people with limited knowledge of our language to contribute nonetheless. The most frequent header templates appear below the edit (wijzig) page in blue for easy insertion.

I need more information[bewerken]

We hope you will enjoy your activity here. If there are any questions, you can ask us in the kroeg (pub). If you have any requests you can try the request pages.