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History of Dutch
The Dutch Language
Dutch, like English, is one of the Germanic languages and thus part of the Indo-European family. It stands about midway between English and German, some say forming a linguistic bridge.

The following examples clearly illustrate the close relationship between these three languages:
English Dutch German
Cat kat Katze
Help! Hulp! Hilfe!
Thanks dank danke
Welcome welkom Willkomm
And Finally...
In Dutch, the word 'Dag' can mean both hello and goodbye. Surprisingly, this causes very few problems and in any case a mistake would not be deemed serious.

Caution should be taken however if ever calling for an 'advocaat' which can mean barrister or egg flip!

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