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17 Beautiful Words to Make You Fall in Love with the Flemish Language

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Updated: 17 May 2017

The Flemish spoken by northern-half Belgians is a thing all of its own. While it isn’t as much a language – that would still be Dutch – as a collection of colloquialisms, this technicality hasn’t prevented the Flemish from cooking up a ton of delightful words used only in their region. The proof is in the pudding with these 16 gems.

Goesting

Pronounce it like this: goose – thing

goesting-feel like | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

goesting-feel like | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Vieruurtje

Pronounce it like this: veer – her – tjeh

vieruurtje-afternoon snack | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

vieruurtje-afternoon snack | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Kwistenbiebel

Pronounce it like this: quiz – then – bee – behl

kwistenbiebel-silly person | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

kwistenbiebel-silly person | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Koffiekoek

Pronounce it like this: coffee – cook

koffiekoek-Danish pastry | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

koffiekoek-Danish pastry | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Smossen

Pronounce it as you see it.

smossen-spilling | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

smossen-spilling | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Stinkpatees

Pronounce it like this: stink – pah – teehs

stinkpatees-smelly feet | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

stinkpatees-smelly feet | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Toespijs

Pronounce it like this: too – sphais

toespijs-on bread | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

toespijs-on bread | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Marcelleke

Pronounce it like this: maher – cell – ehkeh

marcelleke-muscle shirt | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

marcelleke-muscle shirt | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Valavond

Pronounce it like this: vahl – ah – vont

valavond-dusk | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

valavond-dusk | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Welgekomen

Pronounce it like this: wehl – geh – kho – mehn 

welgekomen-welcome | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

welgekomen-welcome | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Boeleke

Pronounce it like this: boo – leh – keh

boeleke-baby | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

boeleke-baby | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Frisco

Pronounce it as you see it.

frisco-ice cream bar | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

frisco-ice cream bar | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Kieken

Pronounce it like this: key – kehn

kieken-chicken | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

kieken-chicken | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Smos

Pronounce it as you see it.

smos-sandwich | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

smos-sandwich | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Stoefen

Pronounce it like this: stoo – phehn

stoefen-boasting | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

stoefen-boasting | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Ribbedebie

Pronounce it like this: ribb – beh – deh – bee

ribbedebie-disappear | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

ribbedebie-disappear | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

Dovemansgesprek

Pronounce it like this: doh – veh – mahns – guess – sprekh

dovemansgesprek-dialogue of the deaf | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel

dovemansgesprek-dialogue of the deaf | © Culture Trip/Nana Van de Poel