"Gezellig!" Top 5 Page for this destination Netherlands Tourist Trap Tip by ATLC

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"Gezellig" is a typical Dutch word to describe a situation.

The meaning: "gezellig" in a place means:
cosy, snug, homey...
In reference to a person it means:
pleasant, sociable, entertaining.
So far so good.

Imagine using the word cosy about 10 times a day...
Q: let's have dinner together
A: yes, gezellig!

Q: do you like it here?
A: yes, gezellig!

Q: do you like this guy?
A: yes, he's a gezellige man

Q: how was the party
A: gezellig!

Gezelligheid kent geen tijd
(if it's pleasant then time is no issue)

Unique Suggestions: You can just use and abuse the word "gezellig" for any situation or person.
See photo. It's a sign outside a pub restaurant. It says:
Cofee and cake
GEZELLIG borrelen (cosy drinking!)

Fun Alternatives: Just don't use it if you don't feel like it.
"Gezellig" is rather bourgeois, middle-class, yet it is used extremely often by all Dutch people from all backgrounds.
We often laugh about it ourselves but continue to find anything and everybody "gezellig"

Just remember that, although the word is translatable (see dictionary), it is hardly explainable.
We consider "gezelligheid" something typical Dutch.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2002
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