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For American English speakers some Dutch sounds are a real challenge, e.g. the uu and ui. These sounds do not exist in American English and make you realise that your face has more muscles than you thought! Furthermore, there are also Dutch sounds that may seem similar to an American English sound, but are in fact different, e.g. the ee.

In the following exercises you can read and study the correct pronunciation of the above-mentioned sounds and other sounds, specially made for American English speakers.

If you would prefer British English, please check Dutch pronunciation for British English speakers.

This sound is used in words like waar (where), laat (late) and garen (thread/yarn).

This sound is used in words like niet (not), dier (animal) and kiezen (choose).

This sound is used in words like een (one), thee (tea) and lezen (read).

This sound is used in words like veer (feather), veel (much/many/a lot) and leren (learn).

This sound is used in words like we (we), de (the) and maken (make).

This sound is used in words like reizen (travel), mijn (my) and rijk (rich).

This sound is used in words like duur (expensive), huren (rent) and nu (now).

This sound is used in words like neus (nose) and keuken (kitchen).

This sound is used in words like deur (door), geul (trench) and kleuren (colours).

This sound is used in words like buiten (outside), thuis (at home) and suiker (sugar).

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