English to Dutch Translation
language (Nederlands) is considered to have originated in about AD 700 from the various Germanic dialects spoken in the Netherlands region. Dutch
is a West Germanic language spoken by over 22 million people as a native language, and over 5 million people as a second language. Most native speakers live in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname in South America, and several former Dutch
colonies. It is also spoken in northern Belgium but there the language is generally referred to as Flemish.
The name Dutch
is derived from the word Dietsch, meaning the vernacular, as distinguished from Latin.
Classified as a Germanic language, Dutch
shares its ancestry with English
and the languages of Scandinavia.
The number of words in English
has grown from 50,000 to 60,000 words in Old English
to about a million today. There are a number of ways in which the English
vocabulary increases. The principal way in which it grows is by borrowing words from other languages. About 80% of the entries in any English dictionary
are borrowed, mainly from Latin. Another way is by combining words into one word such as housewife, greenhouse, and overdue. The addition of prefixes and suffixes to words also increases the immense vocabulary of the English
language. Today, more than 750 million people use the English
language. An average educated person knows about 20,000 words and uses about 2,000 words in a week.