Dutch, the first language of about 24 million people and the second language of some five million more, is the third most widely spoken Germanic language, after its close relatives, English and German. Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, it is also one of the three official languages of Belgium (where it is often called Flemish). Dutch is the native language of Suriname, and is used in administrative functions in Aruba, Curaçao, Saint Maarten, and Indonesia.
While geographically dispersed, speakers of Dutch comprise a significant potential market for your company’s products and services. For example, both Belgium and the Netherlands are active members of the European Union and, with their large, busy ports and constantly expanding industry, make a noticeable economic impact.
The standard form of Dutch is called Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands or General Civilized Dutch. This official form is taught in schools and used by authorities in the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium), Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. The Dutch dialects spoken in Belgium are collectively known as Vlaams or Flemish. These dialects vary from the Dutch of the Netherlands regarding pronunciation and vocabulary.
Although Dutch and Flemish are quite similar, there are important differences cultural, geographical, and historical. These differences must be recognized and addressed appropriately, as our Dutch translators know how to do.
Take advantage of our experience in Dutch to English or English to Dutch translation to help you communicate with a Dutch audience particularly in the area of business and Finance, Marketing, tourism, technical and engineering, Education, Medicine and Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.