Dutch 'What's up ?'

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Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Fabiola » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:32 pm

Hi !

What is the Dutch translation of an English phrase 'What's up' ?
Is 'wat is er' the only possible way of translating ?

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Bert » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:17 pm

Hi!

There are many options. This is one of them:

Wat is er voor nieuws?

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Fabiola » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:38 pm

But 'Wat is er ?' is correct ?

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by ngonyama » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:59 pm

Fabiola wrote:But 'Wat is er ?' is correct ?
Dat zou een aantal jaren geleden inderdaad geklopt hebben, maar hier in de USA is "what's up?" meer zoiets gaan betekenen als hallo, hoe gaat het? Het is een groet die in verband staat met de hiphopcultuur, maar je hoort hier jonge mensen heel stoer "what's up!" tegen elkaar zeggen, in het voorbijgaan en zonder op een antwoord te wachten. "Hoe gaat-ie?" of gewoon Hoi! zou dat beter weergeven

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Vilmos » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:03 am

Als meer betekenisloze opmerking zou ik het vertalen als 'Enne?' of iets dergelijks. Of dat woord heeft juist veel betekenissen...

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Fabiola » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:44 am

Please answer me in English.
Is 'wat is er' correct as an English phrase 'what's up' ?
Is it stressed on a word 'is' ?

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Bert » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:10 pm

Okay, I translate what Ngonyama and Vilmos have written. Nowadays in the USA people use 'What's up?' in the sense of 'Hello' or 'How are you?'. So you can no longer use 'Wat is er?' for 'What's up?' (neither my suggestion /'Wat is er voor nieuws?'/). You can say 'Hoi', 'Hallo', Hoe gaat het?', 'Hoe is het?', 'Alles goed?' etc. for 'What's up?'. Vilmos recommends 'Enne?' for 'Wat is er?' (if I understand him correctly). 'Enne' expresses, according to encyclo.nl, a feeling or state of hesitation.

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Fabiola » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:19 pm

Thank you, Bert !

Here it is - a beautiful music video especially for you:
The Smashing Pumpkins *Rocket*
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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by Bert » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:47 pm

Bedankt. :)

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Re: Dutch 'What's up ?'

Post by eti » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:30 am

'wat is er?' means 'what's wrong'?

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