ij to ee to e (Or: Dutch class 11 by ROC Mondriaan)

In this Dutch class we randomly looked at the vowel changes that occur in Dutch when a verb changes from the present tense to the simple past and to the present perfect. Some groups of irregular verbs can be studied as groups because their vowels change in a predictable pattern. For example, ij in the present tense, ee in the simple past, and in the present perfect.

(to receive) krijgen -> kreeg -> gekregen

(to write) schrijven -> schreef -> geschreven

(to stay) blijven -> bleef -> gebleven

(to iron) strijken -> streek -> gestreken

(to drive) rijden -> reed -> gereden

At some point earlier this year I was reading something that made me realize the exact same phenomenon occurs in the English language as well. Of course, these examples are listed as the “craziest verb changes” on the linked page.

i -> a -> u

beginnen  to begin -> began -> begun
drinken  to drink -> drank -> drunk
bellen  to ring -> rang -> rung
zingen  to sing -> sang -> sung
springen to spring -> sprang -> sprung
zwemmen to swim -> swam -> swum

In other news, on Monday we have a test for chapters 1 through 3. Nothing major – it’s mainly for us to see where we are at and the teacher to see where we are at.

Here are the notes that I had taken:

notes for Dutch text chapters 1 through 3

I kept the photo a bit larger so my crazy handwriting could actually be deciphered. One nice thing I have noticed is that I tend to write most of my notes in Dutch these days, with the exception of word definitions. I try to write those in Dutch, but sometimes English is much simpler and quicker.

The one thing I haven’t quite got the hand of is the abbreviation for page. While Dutch use both pagina and bladzijde to mean ‘page’, they tend to use the latter more often and thus use ‘blz’ for the abbreviation. My English habits of ‘pg. #’ die hard, it seems.

Until next time!

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  1. I always use pg as well, never use blz ever i think. So you are not alone!

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